Harrisburg signs Jamaican international Bennett
HARRISBURG, PA -- The USL Second Division Harrisburg City Islanders announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Teofore Bennett, a gifted Jamaican international who scored against the U.S. national team just last week. The club has also agreed to terms with midfielder David McClellan (Messiah College) and Jim Stevens (Lehigh University), both rookies.
All three signings are pending U.S. Soccer approval.
The dynamic Bennett, a regular starter and point producer for the Jamaican national team, will make his first appearance in Central Pennsylvania Monday night playing against the City Islanders. His Jamaican club, Village United FC, will face Harrisburg in an exhibition match at Hersheypark Stadium (7:00 pm).
"We're obviously thrilled to add a player of Teofore's caliber," said City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher. "Such signings not only make us a better team, but also raise the profile of our club domestically and internationally."
In a friendly on April 11, Bennett scored for the Reggae Boyz against the United States just four minutes into the match. His skill set was on full display as he blew through the midfield past veteran U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk, controlled a through ball from midfielder Jermaine Hue and calmly applied the finish by rolling a shot past Tony Meola for a 1-0 lead.
Bennett has been one of the premier attackers in Jamaica for several years, having enjoyed success with both Village United and Portmore United in the Wray and Nephew Jamaican Premier League. He spent the 2005 season with the Virginia Beach Mariners of the USL First Division.
McClellan was named the 2005 Division III Player of the Year after scoring 46 points (20 goals, six assists) and leading Messiah to a 24-0 record and a national title. It was the third national championship for Messiah during McClellan's tenure (2002 and 2004 were the others). A 6'7" striker, Stevens potentially presents a number of match-up problems for opposing defenses. He began to come into his own as a junior at Lehigh in 2004 with eight goals and 17 points, then capped off his Mountain Hawks career by tying for the league lead in goals (nine) and points (20) in 2005.