New One Knoxville SC signing Jalen Crisler earned 2022 USL League One All-League First Team honors this past season while with the Richmond Kickers. | Photo courtesy Jessica Stone Hendricks / Richmond Kickers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One Knoxville SC announced on Friday the club had signed defender Jalen Crisler ahead of its first season in USL League One in 2023. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
The 28-year-old center back was named to the USL League One All-League First Team this past campaign after helping lead the Richmond Kickers to the best record in the league during the regular season. Crisler made 29 appearances for the Kickers, tallying 2,595 minutes, ranked second in the league with 154 clearances while posting 22 interceptions and 150 recoveries, and recorded a duel success rate of 57.9 percent and aerial duel success rate of 63.9 percent.
“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity Knoxville has given me,” said Crisler. “After speaking with Coach McKeever, his staff and the front office, I loved the vision and the plan they have for the club. Seeing Knoxville first-hand, I can’t wait to represent this city in their inaugural season in League One. I have been fortunate to play for some great fan bases in my career and the community is very important to me.
“The Scruffs are supporters I noticed immediately, I see what the club means to them, and I cannot wait to meet all of them and perform to the standard they deserve.”
A native of Everett, Wash., Crisler has competed in USL League One for the past three seasons. After joining Forward Madison FC for the abbreviated 2020 campaign, he joined the Kickers at the start of the 2021 season and became a mainstay in the club’s back line. Crisler has made 57 regular-season appearances in League One overall, logging 4,912 minutes of action in his career.
“Jalen has all the attributes of a defender at the highest level of USL League One,” said One Knox Head Coach Mark McKeever. “He is a proven winner, and we are ecstatic that he chose to join One Knox to help us set the highest of standards from day 1. Jalen is a model pro, with the experience to help us establish the club and is extremely motivated to improve. This is a massive signing for One Knox.”