Trinidad & Tobago's Tristan Hodge (left), Jamaica's Ewan Grandison (center) and Trinidad & Tobago's Leston Paul (right) will join Memphis 901 FC for its inaugural season.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC announced on Monday it had signed three Caribbean internationals for its inaugural USL Championship season, with Trinidad & Tobago National Team members Triston Hodge and Leston Paul and Jamaican National Team player Ewan Grandison joining the club, pending league and federation approval.
Hodge joins Memphis on loan from W Connection F.C., a six-time champion of the TT Pro League, while Paul and Grandison most recently played for rival Trinidad & Tobago side Central FC. Both clubs have featured previously in the Concacaf Champions League, and earlier this year competed in the Caribbean Club Championship.
“W Connection and Central F.C. are two of the elite Clubs of the Caribbean, and we are fortunate to be able to add several of their top players to our team,” said Memphis 901 FC Sporting Director Andrew Bell. “Triston, Leston, and Ewan have all won domestic trophies and have also competed over several years in the Concacaf Champions League. In addition, all three players have considerable international experience playing for their respective countries at the highest level.
“These are strong additions to the squad, and we look forward to welcoming them to Memphis.”
The 24-year-old Hodge has made 11 appearances for the Soca Warriors, while Paul has appeared 15 times for his country. Both players were part of the side that eliminated the United States from contention for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 win in Couva in October 2017 and have previous experience with some of their new Memphis teammates. Paul played collegiately at the University of South Florida, where he was a captain and teammates with Wesley Charpie, while Hodge, Charpie, and Luca Uccello were also teammates previously with Toronto FC II in the USL Championship.
Grandison, meanwhile, has made 12 appearances for Jamaica and was part of the Reggae Boyz’s run to the final of the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup.
“We are so excited to have secured the services of Ewan, Triston, and Leston,” Memphis 901 FC head coach Tim Mulqueen said. “It’s a very important statement for our Club and the City of Memphis to attract three Full Senior International Players in our first year of existence. These players have tremendous experience in massive games for their respective countries that will be invaluable to our Club. They will also be great members of the Memphis community.”