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Memphis Bolsters Squad with Buckmaster, Jennings

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 07/13/20, 3:54PM EDT

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Former Red Bulls defender joined by 2020 SuperDraft First Round pick in squad to face Legion FC


New Memphis 901 FC signing Reece Buckmaster made 19 appearances in the USL Championship a season ago for the New York Red Bulls II. | Photo courtesy New York Red Bulls II

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC announced on Monday it had signed defender Rece Buckmaster and forward Cal Jennings ahead of the club’s return to USL Championship play on Wednesday night. 901 FC will face regional rival Birmingham Legion FC on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET at BBVA Field.

Buckmaster joins Memphis after making seven starts and recording 660 minutes with the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer a season ago, including starting in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs against the Philadelphia Union. Selected with the 32nd pick of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, Buckmaster also made 19 appearances and played 1,475 minutes for the New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship a season ago.

“Rece has incredible instincts in his defending and can play either fullback position,” said 901 FC Head Coach Tim Mulqueen. “He has great character and comes from winning programs both in college and professionally.”

Jennings was selected with the No. 17 pick of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas and will add another goalscorer to the 901 FC attack. A former standout at the University of Central Florida, Jennings was named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, All-American Athletic Conference First Team, United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team and a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in 2019.

“Cal is a proven goal scorer,” Mulqueen said. “He’s quick and nippy, so he gives us something different than we have up front with our other strikers. His energy and commitment to get behind a defense will certainly give us a new dimension in our attack.”

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