September will be a busy month for Los Angeles Football Club and that will be true for a growing number of players, too, with another name added to the group of international call-ups for the upcoming window, in midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell for Jamaica.
The midfielder, a regular call-up this year by Jamaica boss Theodore Whitmore, has been called in for the Reggae Boyz’ inaugural Concacaf Nations League matches in League B, Group C, against Antigua and Barbuda at home on Sept. 6 and at Guyana on Sept. 9.
Vassell has been a regular selection to his country, but at the Gold Cup he seemed to fall down the pecking order in Whitmore’s eyes, surprising considering how outstanding he played in a pre-Gold Cup tune-up against the U.S. Men’s National Team, which was a Jamaica win. The 21-year-old, LAFC’s only MLS Draft pick in 2019, has played six games in MLS play for the black-and-gold so far this season, most recently featuring in a surprise 3-1 road win over the Houston Dynamo on less than 48 hours’ rest.
Firmly behind the midfield quartet of Mark-Anthony Kaye, Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing and Lee Nguyen at the moment, Vassell was loaned to USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC earlier this month, and has made three appearances so far as Phoenix are in the midst of a historically great 16-game winning streak.
Since Vassell has been on loan, he won’t be a huge loss for LAFC’s Sept. 7 game at Orlando City, a game where it looks like six other players will also be on international duty for the black-and-gold.
Congrats to Peter-Lee and best of luck on international duty!
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