MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis 901 FC Sporting Director Tim Howard and Head Coach Tim Mulqueen announced the signing of midfielder Jose Baxter, pending league and federation approval. The 27-year-old has spent more than a decade playing professionally in Europe and now looks toward his first appearance with a U.S. club.
Baxter began his professional career in the Premier League at just 16-years-old, as he debuted as the youngest first-team player in Everton FC history in 2008. As a substitute in that game, Baxter entered with current 901 FC Sporting Director Tim Howard in net for Everton.
“Jose is the most accomplished player that we have signed at the Club as he’s played in the Premiership,” said Mulqueen. “He’s a midfielder that can break open any match with his passing ability. Our attackers will be the benefactors of his great vision and passing.”
The English native was signed with Everton for the better part of five years. Since he departed Everton in 2012, the now veteran joined Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United, and was most recently with Plymouth Argyle, with a stop back with Everton mixed in.
“Jose is a generational talent,” said Howard. “His technical ability and toughness are unquestioned at the highest levels of world football. With experience in the English Premiership and Championship, we’re excited to have him be an integral part of our midfield.”
In his career, Baxter has collected over 300 appearances, with half of those appearances at the League One level. As a professional, Baxter has scored 66 goals.
“We know he will enjoy the city of Memphis and its people,” said Howard. “It’s because he comes from a very familiar hardworking city, Liverpool.”
The club’s roster now consists of 18 players, with 10 returning from 901 FC’s inaugural 2019 season.
Memphis 901 FC hopes to build on a successful inaugural season where they averaged over 6,500 fans per game—the ninth highest attendance in the league, second among expansion teams.
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About Memphis 901 FC
Memphis 901 FC is an American professional soccer team embarking on its second season in the United Soccer League Championship. 901 FC, led by Principal Owner Peter Freund, Minority Owner Tim Howard, President Craig Unger and Head Coach Tim Mulqueen, represents a market that includes over 8,000 youth soccer players, an established American Outlaws chapter and strong collegiate programs.