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Dream move to LA for Jamaica's Vassell

IN DEMAND: Peter-Lee Vassell

PETER-LEE Vassell is on the move from Harbour View FC in Jamaica to Los Angeles FC after being snapped up by former US national coach Bob Bradley.

The 19-year-old Jamaican international is arriving on loan this year for the Major League Soccer season, although reports indicate that a permanent deal is close.

The attacking midfielder spent his youth training with Montego Bay United and for the past two campaigns has been playing his trade with top-tier team Harbour View FC, who compete in the Red Stripe League, where he bagged three goals in 44 appearances.

His pin-point passing and natural athleticism have earned him international caps at the U17, U20 and U23 levels before being promoted to the senior side where he hit five goals from eight appearances with the Reggae Boyz.

Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore moved Vassell from a right-sided midfielder to a traditional no.9, where he excelled and worked hard to create plenty of space in and around the box.

Bradley, the ex-Swansea City coach, who values bringing on your, said about Vassell: "He’s got really good feet. He has the ability to control balls and make passes, so I’m excited to work with him.”

Vassell explained why be signed for Los Angeles FC: "They are about keeping good possession of the ball, going forward into attacks and scoring goals. They like to keep good possession of the ball, and that’s my thing.”

Vassell, the first member of his family to play professional soccer outside of his home island, will soon be visiting Los Angeles for the first time where he will be a star as a teenager.

He modestly enthused: "It's a big dream. Bob Bradley said he was happy to have me, and I’m happy to be at the club. I hope I can help the club going forward."

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