MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC announced its latest signing on Monday as experienced Cuban forward Heviel Cordoves was introduced for the club's inaugural 2019 USL Championship campaign. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Cordovés joins defenders Louis Bennett, Wes Charpie and Josh Morton, midfielders Raul Gonzalez and Dan Metzger and forward Luca Uccello on the Memphis 901 FC roster.
“Heviel is a player I’ve known since he defected to the U.S. in 2012,” said 901 FC Sporting Director Andrew Bell. “He adds a strong attacking pedigree to the squad and is another positive addition as we continue to build out the team in preparation for the start of the USL Championship season next March.”
Cordoves has made 151 appearances in six seasons in the USL, scoring 35 goals in that span, which places him in the top 20 goalscorers in the league since the start of the 2013 season. Last season Cordoves scored seven goals in 24 appearances for the Richmond Kickers, having previously featured for the Charleston Battery for five seasons.
“Heviel is a proven goal scorer in the USL,” said 901 FC Head Coach Tim Mulqueen. “His veteran leadership and experience will be very important to us in our play this year. It’s exciting to add a player of his caliber to our existing roster.”
The Havana, Cuba native joined the Battery after defecting to the United States during a Cuban National Team trip to Toronto for a World Cup qualifier in October 2012. He suited up for the National Team nine times from 2008-12, and he made his international debut in an August 2008 World Cup qualification match against Trinidad and Tobago. Cordovés also played for Cuba’s squad in the 2011 Pan-American Games and the qualification portion prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics.