ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (January 16, 2018) — The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added another dynamic young attacker with Junior Flemmings joining the club ahead of the 2018 United Soccer League season. Per club and league policy, further contract details were not disclosed. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
“I’m very happy to join the Rowdies family and I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and coaching staff,” said Flemmings. “I’m excited to play alongside players who I’ve admired and watched growing up like Joe Cole, Marcel Schäfer and Neill Collins.”
Flemmings, 22, played the last two seasons with the New York Red Bulls II. He scored 16 goals in 52 matches, helping the Red Bulls to a USL Championship in 2016 and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2017. Last season, Flemmings was named to the USL Team of the Week in two occasions.
“Junior is the kind of players fans love to watch,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “He’s lightning quick and very experienced for his age. You add him into a group of skilled wide attackers that includes Leo (Fernandes) and Alex (Morrell) already, plus Jochen Graf and Sebastian Guenzatti and we really like the attack we’re building.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Flemmings broke into the senior national team last year, earning his first cap for the Reggae Boyz in June of 2017.
“After our semifinal game against New York Red Bulls II, we identified Junior as a deciding force in their victory,” said Rowdies Chairman & CEO Bill Edwards. “He scored two goals against the Rowdies during regular season, and later in the playoffs, played a big part in ending the season for the Rowdies, which I considered to be the championship team. At that point we decided we wanted him to be on our roster because he had the same hunger that the rest of our team did. Putting together the perfect team this year is the most important part of our plan. Don’t be confused, the Rowdies really mean business this year. Come on you Rowdies!”
With the addition of Junior Flemmings, the Rowdies’ roster now stands at 20 players for the 2018 United Soccer League season.