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Memphis 901 FC adds veteran defender Jelani Peters with multi-year contract

Memphis 901 FC announced on Friday the club has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with defender Jelani Peters, pending league and federation approval.

Peters appeared in 33 matches in his second season with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in 2022, scoring two goals with 95 clearances, 10 blocks and 32 interceptions. The center back has tallied 57 caps and three goals in over 3,700 minutes of USL Championship competition. 

“We’re fortunate to be able to add Jelani,” Head Coach Stephen Glass said. “A player of his caliber and experience is always in high demand and we’re delighted he’s chosen Memphis as his new home.” 

The Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, native began his professional career with TT Pro League side W Connection, making 22 appearances including four Champions League caps before moving to Toronto FC II during the 2017 season. 

Peters joins fellow Trinidad and Tobago international Leston Paul on the 2023 roster, representing Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 World Cup qualifying and the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

“‘I’m really excited about this season,” Peters said. “I look forward to being crowned as champions in the end.” 

Peters will join an experienced and deep defense including Graham Smith and Rece Buckmaster, along with fellow newcomers Akeem Ward and Carson Vom Steeg. Memphis 901 FC kicks off its 2023 campaign with a match against Loudoun United FC on March 11 at AutoZone Park.  

Name: Jelani Peters 

Pronunciation: JELL-ah-nee PEE-turs 

Position: Defender 

Height: 6’5” 

Weight: 215 

Jersey Number: 27 

Date of Birth: Dec. 27, 1993 (29) 

Hometown: Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago 

Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago 

Previous Club: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USL Championship) 

Transaction: Memphis 901 FC signs defender Jelani Peters on January 20, 2023.