MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis 901 FC has signed three more players to its roster for its inaugural 2019 United Soccer League season, Sporting Director Andrew Bell and head coach Tim Mulqueen announced Tuesday, as midfielder Dan Metzger, defender Louis Bennett, and forward Luca Uccello are set to suit up in The Bluff City pending league and federation approval.
The trio joins midfielder Raul Gonzalez, defender Wes Charpie, and defender Josh Morton on the Memphis 901 FC roster so far.
“Coach Mulqueen has been working hard on identifying the right players for us as we continue to build the Memphis squad,” Bell said. “We’re very happy to add Dan, Luca, and Louis and are excited to see them contribute to our project.”
“All three of these guys bring something valuable to the table,” Mulqueen explained. “Metzger is a proven leader and winner, Uccello is a player with great playmaking ability who, at a young age, has great experience, and Bennett is very sound technically who can play multiple positions. As a son of a coach, he has a natural high soccer IQ.”
Metzger, a 2016 USL Cup champion with New York Red Bulls II, played three seasons with Red Bulls II before spending the 2018 campaign with Penn FC. He has played over 80 USL matches since entering the league in 2015 after being drafted 42nd overall in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft by D.C. United, and he made his MLS debut in 2017 for the New York Red Bulls. The Holmdel Township, N.J., native appeared in six playoff matches and scored three goals in his 2016 championship season, and prior to joining Memphis 901 FC he made 20 starts and scored a goal in his lone season with Penn FC. Metzger played his collegiate soccer at the University of Maryland, where he was a team captain.
Since signing his first professional contract with Cypriot team Anorthosis Famagusta FC in Aug. 2016 out of Marquette University, Bennett has played with MFK Vyškov in the 3rd Division of Czech Football and also the USL’s Swope Park Rangers. In addition, Bennett has previously trained with FC Cologne in Germany and AIK Stockholm in Sweden. His father, Louis, is the head coach at Marquette and played for the American Indoor Soccer Association’s Memphis Rogues from 1989-90 under head coach Toni Carbognani.
Uccello has spent the past four seasons with the USL’s Toronto FC II, scoring 10 goals in 77 appearances. The Markham, Ontario, Canada native has also made multiple international appearances for Canada and was nominated for the Canadian Men’s U-20 Player of the Year Award by the Canadian Soccer Association in 2016 and 2017. In Feb. 2017, Uccello was named to Canada’s U-20 World Cup qualifying roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Additional signings will be announced in the coming weeks and months.