Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad
College: College of Charleston
Leland returns for his fifth season with the Black and Yellow.
The 6-4 defender anchored the Battery back line in 2021, often donning the captain’s armband throughout the year. Archer led the team with 121 clearances in just 22 matches. That mark put him seventh-best in the league in clearances. Leland additionally tallied his first two career professional goals during the season. The first one came at home on September 22 against New York Red Bulls II and the second was scored the following match on September 25 away against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Archer earned his first senior cap with Trinidad and Tobago on January 31, 2021, when he debuted in a friendly against the United States. He was called up again to the Soca Warriors for the CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Prior to joining the Battery, Archer played four years at the College of Charleston where he collected several All-Conference accolades including CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Archer played over 6,000 minutes for the Cougars and was one of the CAA’s most dominant defenders throughout his collegiate career. In addition to his dominant defensive play, Archer finished as the team’s leading scorer during his senior year.
During high school, Archer attended Fatima College in Trinidad where he won the North Zone InterCol championship in 2013. Additionally, Archer has earned appearances with the Trinidad and Tobago U-17 National Team.