ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico United announced on Wednesday it had signed a pair of former USL League Two standouts with defender Rashid Tetteh and midfielder Ryan Williams joining the club for its inaugural season in the USL Championship in 2019. The signings are pending league and federation approval.
Tetteh most recently played with the Des Moines Menace, where helped the side claim the 2018 League Two regular season championship. Prior to his season with the Menace, Tetteh played two seasons with League Two’s Carolina Dynamo, and also had a standout college career at High Point University. The Ghanaian made between 16 and 19 appearances in every season for the Panthers, finishing his final season with 18 appearances as he earned Big South All-Tournament Team, NCCSIA All-State Recognition and All Big-South First Team honors.
“Rashid is a defensive presence. The two things that stood out to our staff during the scouting process were his ability to read the game out of possession and how comfortable he was in 1v1 defensive situations,” said New Mexico Head Coach Troy Lesesne. “He’s a humble young man that’s determined to make the most of this opportunity. I’m incredibly happy he is joining New Mexico United.”
“I am blessed to sign my first professional contract with New Mexico United,” said Tetteh. “I am excited to get started and looking forward to working harder to bring the best in me and the club. I can't wait to represent the club and make ‘The Curse’ proud.”
A native of Hawaii, Williams, spent the past three seasons with League Two’s Charlotte Eagles, and helped the side win the 2017 League Two Championship as he was named the No. 16 prospect in the league that year. In addition to featuring for the Eagles, Williams also played collegiately for John Brown University, where he started in nearly every game in which he appeared, finishing his final season with 18 appearances, 18 starts, eight goals, and six assists. Williams was named the Sooner Athletic Offensive Player of the Year, an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, All-Conference First Team, All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s Honor Roll at JBU.
"I am grateful to start my professional career at New Mexico United,” said Williams. “I am excited for the opportunities to learn, because know I will be surrounded by players who are experienced in the professional environment, a great coaching staff, and a great culture. Most of all, I’m excited to bring my abilities and help further the team the best I can.”
“I was able to watch Ryan during his time with the Charlotte Eagles, when he helped lead them to the League Two Championship in 2017,” said Lesesne. “He’s a young, hard-working player that possesses a high level of intelligence for the game. I’m looking forward to working with him and seeing him take the next step in his career with our club.”