LAFC Selects Peter-Lee Vassell With No. 40 Overall Pick In 2019 MLS SuperDraft

With its first selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, LAFC went its own route. 

After trading its first-round pick to FC Cincinnati two days before the draft, LAFC selected Peter-Lee Vassell with the 16th pick in the second round. What makes Vassell different from the other 205 young players available in this year's SuperDraft? Well, he didn't play a single minute of NCAA or NAIA soccer for one.

Vassell comes to MLS by way of Harbor View FC in Jamaica's top division. The midfielder took part in the MLS Caribbean Combine in October, winning MVP honors at the event held in Kingston, Jamaica back in October of 2018. That earned Vassell a spot at the 2019 MLS Combine presented by adidas in Orlando. 

In addition to his success at the Caribbean Combine, the 19-year-old has excelled at all levels for the Jamaican National Team. Making appearances in the U17, U20, and U23 squads, Vassell has also been capped eight times for the senior squad. With Jamaica, the midfielder has five goals, the most recent coming in a 6-0 win over Bonaire in a Concacaf Nations League qualifier in October.