The 28-year-old center back was named to the USL One All League team after helping lead the Richmond Kickers to the top of the 2022 regular season table.
A towering presence, Crisler adds immediate experience and quality to the One Knox backline ahead of the 2023 season.
After starting 29 games and tallying 2,595 minutes last year, Crisler is hungry for more in Knoxville. “I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity Knoxville has given me. 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.” Jalen Crisler continued to express how he cannot wait to be a part of the process and even had something to say about you, the Scruffs, “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.”
Mark McKeever said, “Jalen has all the attributes of a defender at the highest level of USL League One. 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.”