Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence will try to engineer a route to the Russia 2018 World Cup without the services of team captain Kenwyne Jones and Netherlands-based winger Levi Garcia both of whom were omitted from his 26-man squad for critical qualifiers against Honduras and Panama on 1 and 5 September respectively.
Jones has not returned to full fitness since a knee injury sustained in training before kick-off away to Costa Rica on 14 June. No reason was offered for the omission of teenaged AZ Alkmaar winger Levi Garcia, the promising attacker who has so far been used sparingly by the National Senior Team coach.
Garcia played for 26 minutes in the Soca Warriors’ 1-0 win over Panama on 24 March but was an unused substitute in their subsequent 1-0 loss to Mexico and has not been available since then. Garcia eclipsed Dwight Yorke as the youngest Trinidad and Tobago player to score in a European top-flight match last year and bagged a double on his senior international debut against St Vincent and the Grenadines on 25 March 2016—although he has not scored for his country since then.
Wired868 understands Alkmaar are happy to have the player remain in Netherlands although there is no indication yet that the club played any role in his absence.
Lawrence told the TTFA Media that he believes his squad consists of the best players available.
“After a proper assessment of the players who have been with us and also those have been involved with their clubs overseas,” said Lawrence, “we’ve selected a squad that we believed is the best one at the moment that can get us the result we are working towards.”
Almost certainly, Trinidad and Tobago will rely on the offensive capabilities of the United States-based duo of attacking midfielder Kevin Molino (Minnesota United) and winger Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders) to find a way past Honduras and Panama. Anything less than six points and the Warriors can wave goodbye to their fading Russia dreams.
Molino managed two goals in four outings under Lawrence. Joevin is yet to score for the Warriors in 2017 but is the team’s most dangerous player on the break.
The pacy Jamille Boatswain is a potential wildcard. Boatswain has made a slow start to life in Costa Rica so far with two barren substitute appearances for Alajuelense—both as a winger rather than at centre-forward—while he was an unused substitute last weekend.
Alajuelense changed coaches during the week with former Costa Rica international Wílmer López replacing Spaniard Benito Floro; one of López’s first acts was to leave Boatswain out of his match-day squad entirely.
A good showing from Boatswain against two strong Latin American nations, Honduras and Panama, might be as beneficial to his country as for his professional career.
Lawrence has hedged his bets by including diminutive forward Trevin Caesar after his returns of six goals from 20 matches for United States Third Division team, Sacramento Republic. India-based forward Willis Plaza and Club Sando attacker Tyrone Charles remain in the squad too, despite recent underwhelming showings.
Charles managed a combined 37 minutes in Trinidad and Tobago’s last two friendlies against Ecuador and Jamaica—despite the Warriors being under-strength—and is yet to start for Lawrence. And Plaza played second fiddle to TTSL forward Keron Clarke in Guayaquil last month.
Clarke is currently recovering from a broken ankle although, owing to his faith as a Seventh Day Adventist, he had already ruled himself out the Honduras fixture.
Shahdon Winchester also missed out on an international call-up after failing to make the match-day squad of his Mexico Second Division employers, Murciélagos FC, in recent weeks.
Lawrence also left out England-based midfielder Andre Boucaud—who has played a total of 25 minutes from a possible 360 under Lawrence—while Defence Force playmaker Hashim Arcia was axed and United States-based midfielders Ataulla Guerra and Neveal Hackshaw were again overlooked.
Although the T&T’s attacking options look thin, the Warriors look better served at the back, with goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and Daneil Cyrus adapting well to life in Honduras with Juticalpa FC.
And the resurgence of Carlyle Mitchell means there is an abundance of riches in central defence where Lawrence can choose between Cyrus, Mitchell, Curtis Gonzales, Mekeil Williams, Sheldon Bateau, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Triston Hodge and Aubrey David—although Gonzales has featured as a holding midfielder of late.
David, Hodge and Mekeil can also play at full-back, where the Warriors included Kevon Villaroel and Alvin Jones, who both started against Ecuador and Jamaica.
Lawrence, who has failed to win in his last six matches as head coach, promised to work hard on the training ground to turn things around over the coming five days.
“The week ahead will be crucial with regards to the build-up to the match. We have a couple of the overseas boys already here with us along with the home-based players and the others will start coming in this weekend,” said Lawrence. “We will put in the work with the boys over the next few days to try to ensure that we are prepared as best as possible for what is ahead of us come Friday against Honduras.”
(Trinidad and Tobago 26-man Squad)
Jan Michael Williams (Juticalpa FC—Honduras), Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic Centre);
Defenders: Aubrey David (PS Khemi—Finland), Alvin Jones (W Connection), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids—USA), Carlyle Mitchell (East Bengal—India), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Sūduva Marijampolė—Lithuania), Sheldon Bateau (FC Kairat—Kazakhstan), Daneil Cyrus (Juticalpa FC—Honduras), Triston Hodge (W Connection), Kevon Villaroel (North East Stars);
Midfielders: Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Leston Paul (CD Pasaquina—El Salvador), Khaleem Hyland (Al-Faisaly Harmah—Saudi Arabia), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Hughtun Hector (W Connection);
Attacking midfielders: Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—USA), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—USA), Jomal Williams (Murciélagos FC—Mexico), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Tyrone Charles (Club Sando);
Forwards: Jamille Boatswain (Alajuelense—Costa Rica), Willis Plaza (East Bengal—India), Trevin Caesar (Sacramento Republic—USA)[contact-form][contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”true” /][contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”true” /][contact-field label=”Website” type=”url” /][contact-field label=”Message” type=”textarea” /][/contact-form]
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Guess you get my point.
My value whether these idiots qualify or not is not doing anything to enhance my life either way
So how is all this negativity adding value to your life bro?
I will until the shit stops if you guys happy with what going on hats off to you
Spewing negativity again Dion?!?
That’s the reason the football in the mess it in because we continue to condone and settle for shit well good luck with all your big team and when the reality sinks in and the doomed campaign is over adios
Rain fall in real hard so WiFi droping
It’s about time they drop Jones from that side
Allyuh know David John Williams does pick de side right?!! Look geh Mark Bassant to do some undercover reporting and bring some shit to the light nah so we can finally be rid of that FAT BASTARD!!!
Why de fuc Kevan George does get pick over Bouchard. De man doe even look like a footballer dred, let de man go play some checkers with Foncette nah!! Bring de Indian goalie Ranjitsingh and DE ENFORCER Bouchard and then we will have a better chance at making World Cup again.
He doesn’t like Levi Garcia even when he was healthy which is disappointing.
Levi is a gd player and we will miss his talent but tank god no Jones we might have a chance new
I am shock that Levi Boucad Guerra Hackshaw could not get make the side these are more verstalie than Gonzales George Charles but I wonder who does pick the squad john Williams but I am Trini to d bone like u all I will be in the Ato Boldon supporting the boys red white and black all the way come on ppl support
Guerra or Boucard should always be in a Trinidad and Tobago football team once available.
Levi #inbox me dey bro
Good choice to leave Kenyan Jones out I wish the rest of the team all the best and good luck on the road to Russia 18 .
It can’t be rescued what shit they talking
Ah hear Max Cuffie say Saintfiet coming back
To run Max’s Ministry?
Oh Lawd not Mr. Bound not to score again nah man. They eh tired see him play ah set ah ta ta eh Them really good yes Steeuuppss
Well i hope they prepare without my south boy #shivaboysplayer
No Jones 3
the man, the myth, the legend, kenwyne jones
n kenwyne…thnk God…..no Levi…SAY WHATTTTTTTTT!!!!
13 or more players playing between USL or NASL, easy to scout as USL all games live stream and NASL games on BEIN but we have 7 plays from the league that everyone agrees is not a Pro League heading to a do or die WCQ. SMH
We also all agree that any of those TTPL players would jump at the chance of playing in those leagues or Central America but only few could make it.
It just doesn’t make sense
Kevan George Jacksonville
Jonathan Glenn NCFC
Kareem Moses NCFC
I wondered where Glenn was!
Lasana Liburd indeed !
I hope he wasn’t given same ultimatum like Justin Hoyte at FC Cincinnati that he had to give up international football b4 signing with them
In Dennis’ defence though, Levi hasn’t produced anything resembling a match winning performance in some time. I think he is still easily good enough to be in this squad.
But I’d also say that it is not the same thing as if he had dropped Kevin Molino or even Joevin Jones or Jan-Michael Williams.
I am lobbying for USL and NASL players, Levi is mandatory unless injured
In Levi’s defense though… he hasn’t gotten as much time as a player of his caliber should get to show what he can or cannot do for the national team.
That’s another point…
Also don’t think he ever played in the right position for this team. But that’s another story…
Hasn’t done much to me either other than those 2 goals vs St. Vincent Lasana
Levi said in a recent interview that he is not 100%. The kid is young and inexperienced, these games would demand a lot.
I would not say Kenwyne days as a T&T player is over…but there are guys out there who are hungry to make their mark..
I don’t know whether Kenwyne would have the motivation to represent T&T after this campaign. He surely isn’t playing for the money.
You guy’s still thinking world cup, come on get real.
Sad to see Aikim Andrews and Ataullah Guerra disappear from view. He looked promising.
I see Honduras doesn’t think Carlo Costly is too old at 35. Like Cornell Glen is a different kind of 35. :-/
Have you seen Toronto II?
And David Villa been recalled to Spain national team at 35 as well.
Ataulla Guerra Charleston Battery
Neveal Hackshaw Charleston Battery
Noah Powder New York Red Bulls II
Shannon Gomez Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Jamal Jack Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Trevin Caesar Sacramento Republic FC
Aikim Andrews Toronto FC II
Ricardo John Toronto FC II
Jelani Peters Toronto FC II
Lasana Liburd Ah was just typing his name for Louisville FC as I was reading the keepers
Greg is another one who Hart brought in that has been oddly ignored
Jamal Jack scored tonight
Looks like none of the three at Toronto 2 are in the 18
Simone Ghirlanda Peters out for season with a injury
Andrews has been in & out the team
John last I checked hasn’t played at all for TFC 2 this season
Simone, Ryan Telfer (#54) is a Trini.
Also Ataulla Guerra and Andre Bocaud should be there in place of Kevan George and Curtis Gonzales
It’s ludicrous to leave out Levi Garcia who should be starting on one wing with Joevin Jones on the next wing
Thank you Darron Davis. Dion yuh does harp on too much negativity bro.
Come dion take it down a gear homie
No Levi? That non-selection really is baffling me :/
Would be interesting to hear reason Levi Garcia was not selected… he is our present, and definitely our future… we know he is fit as he played today…..
I baffled by this. I don’t know if it’s because something happened behind the scenes and the coach doesn’t wanna disclose it to the public. Other than that I see NO reason to leave out this player!
Them mad wii
Everson Barran Shermon Alexander I think it’s because AZ didn’t wanna release him from their care as he’s now coming off injury.. but who knows
This game is an official world cup qualifier AZ can’t keep a player without the consent of said player.
The India league is not more competitive than USL. A real slap in the face for those players in USL and Central America. The powerful India National Team just tied 1-1 at home vs St. Kitts & Nevis. That speaks volume about the level of India league.
The league may not be better but I dont think any coach in trinidad would question Plaza or Mitchell’s fitness, talent or dedication to tnt. They are quality players.
India League is off season by the way. Total nonsense.
No, the India league is going on now. Your info is wrong. Just last week Mitchell score 2 goals and this week Plaza scored
It’s preseason. You are wrong. Season starts in November.
Our most promising young player has been left off the team. He’s not injured he came off the bench today for his club. Why did the media not ask the coach why he is not on the team ?????
The coach only makes himself available to field questions from the media on limited occasions.
OK I hope when you get the chance you ask him that question
I don’t think the club released him, he is after all coming off a injury, they want to make sure he will recover to 100%
Lasana Liburd I want you to ask Dennis Lawrence and the TTFA what is the purpose of Sol Campbell who is never here
Craig Nico, the club has to release him especially since they played him today. They can’t claim he’s injured AND play him.
The club does not HAVE to release him. The club pays his wages and medicals. If they don’t want him on country duty, they will contact the coach and sort it out…. which is probably what they did in any case
Shazard Styles Bredda I hope that’s what happened yes…cause outside of that, I just don’t know what to say nah.
Why no Levi Garcia though? ?
It is what t is and everybody can’t get selected…but it’ll be interesting to know which current TnT player plays — and trains — with the “biggest” as in most recognized team world wide?
We can say Joevin but I’m not sure people “rate” MLS teams? In any event, if said player on said team is injured then I understand, but if he isn’t, then wtf?!?!?!
The aim is to to have speedy players up front. Caesar and Plaza were a hand- full for Honduras in November.
There are not many faster players than Levi Garcia though. Plaza certainly isn’t. Or are you referring only to forwards there?
Forwards. BTW I think Caesar is the fastest.
Its cool let him don’t pick Levi let him concentrate on his club form and don’t waste time on this failure of a national team campaign
Conflicting report on Kenwyne’s fitness from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Striker Kenwyne Jones, who suffered an injury with the Trinidad and Tobago national team the last time he was called up earlier this summer, finally is healthy and could also be brought into the team.
Well Atlanta have a game at 7, will check if KJ in named in their match day squad list
Kenwyne hasn’t played a league game in months. So he can say that he isn’t sharp enough.
To me when Lawrence picked Keron Clarke ahead of Willis Plaza, despite knowing that Clarke was unavailable to play against Honduras, he kinda ruled Plaza out as a serious option. So he might as well take Kenwyne.
Lasana Liburd Joseph didn’t look too bad against Jamaica either, and Neil Benjamin Jr deserved more of a look in the team based on his recent form. He had a nice cameo against Jamaica in the 10 mins or so that he featured.
To be fair, I don’t think Joseph did enough against Jamaica to warrant a selection in this squad.
Aarön, Marcus didn’t do badly but I don’t think he did enough to force his pick either. Same for Benjie. But at least they are in the pool now and have to push on from there.
KJ not named in ATLs squad for game in hour
Good that he picked Ceasar based on his USL form – but struggling to understand why Hacksaw & Guerra were overlooked, considering their team mate at Charlestown Battery, Romario Williams was key in Jamaicas gold cup final run
A clear explanation for Garcia’s absence is also needed – too important a player for that not to happen
disappointed tulla eh get pick!! smh
Sorry to say Gonzales is not the replacement for boucaud,for a midfilder he makes to many passes to reach the intended target when he could have done it with 1 personally I don’t think none of the mid has the composure like boucaud
Boucaud should play all games
In my opinion
Boucaud is the best midfielder we have hands down
Been a strange one, clearly Lawrence has not trusted Bouchard
Colin Stevie wonder can see boucaud is the best
Thought I alone shared these sentiments. I can’t understand why he’s being overlooked.
Its my job to spot talent and boucaud is a boss
#Truetalk Dion Sosa ?
Lawrence was/is a scout for a European team, how come he’s not seeing Boucard as you all are seeing him?
I too believe that Boucaud is one on our best player however, maybe he doesn’t fit into the coach’s plan at this time.
If we we WINNING games with Boucaud not playing then I could Support Tallest leaving him out but we LOSING…I think the writing was on the wall when Jared London started ahead of him…that was a horrible decision.
Playing in 5th division in England hurts his chances even though no doubt it is more competitive than TT Pro League
#Truetalk Simone Ghirlanda ?
Truth be told, Boucaud is really good in a possession sense but a liability from a defensive standpoint.
Timothy Dennis needs to get his eyes checked
We have to hope Boatswain is the answer yes
This is a “try to score early then defend the rest of the match” kinda squad?
Is it? We don’t have many offensive weapons at the moment. Joevin and Molino or bust!
Exactly. So if you go so heavy on defense when you have to win, you could only be hoping that you score early and then defend the rest of the way. What else is your game plan?
And what are the stats re: Molino and/or Joevin scoring when we’ve had no other real offensive threats on the field? Do you know?
Chabeth you wrong for this… lol
How? I asking serious ting…
In six games in the Hex, we have three goals. Two from Molino and a header from Carlyle Mitchell off a corner kick.
Joevin scored three goals in the semifinal round and we are hoping for him to catch form again…
I more meant who were the other offensive players on the field when Molino scored. To know if those players helped spread opposing defense etc etc but no worries.
I hope Lawrence just forgot about Levi. As embarrassing as that would be, it’s less embarrassing than a coach admitting they willfully omitted such a quality player yes…
Chabeth Haynes I was wondering about Levi’s non-selection and saw a video that he only recently returned to training after injury so I’m guessing Coach feels he’s not match-fit… Cannot understand Boucaud’s tho.
Brian, Levi returned to full training for long enough more than a week ago while the Pro League is on a break for about two weeks. So I would take that with a generous dose of salt.
Dennis does not pick orthodox teams. Remember he left out Sheldon Bateau and Radanfah Abu Bakr to play Cyrus and Gonzales?
Well Cyrus and Gonzales worked. Can Nathan Lewis and Tyrone Charles contribute more than Levi Garcia? Well, we will see on that one.
Chabeth the only attacking player who was on the field for both of Molino’s goals was Joevin. Kenwyne was upfront the first time he scored while Boatswain was there on the second occasion.
Brian Springer … he was in AZ’s squad today.
Sometimes he also gets it wrong Lasana as I just pointed out in another part of the thread the Jared London decision was one unorthodox decision that failed miserably.
Chabeth and Brian Springer that was Levi’s third game in a row for AZ.
I know Chabeth Haynes but having just returned from injury not sure how much playing time he got.
Brian Springer he came on in the 71st.
Hmm well there you go…then I am therefore at a loss
Brian Springer you think that playing time over three straight weeks in the Netherlands top division is enough to play for T&T?
I would have called him up at least as an option off the bench
Brian Springer, Jared London has played in four games now for T&T, which is every single non-competitive game. I’m guessing Lawrence does NOT think that choice was a failure.
But Las we LOST 3 out of the 4 WCQ’s as far as RESULTS go that’s failure
Brian, there were 12 substitutions made in those four WCQs. Not one led to a goal/assist or made any real impact. Check back and see.
I’ll take your word for it… clearly Dennis could benefit from Jose’s subs policy ?
We really need something from this game. Personally, I’d take a result even for the sake of revenge. Honduras weren’t that much better than us as the result showed in that last game.
And we had two players injured in that game. We need to let them feel the hurt now.
We’ve done it before as was the case when we beat them 1-0 in Honduras with only 10 men effectively ending their WC hopes in 2001 I think….and we had already been eliminated…don’t think they ever forgave us for that.
So is Gonzales supposed to be Boucaud’s replacement?
Essentially Leston Paul is the player who made Boucaud irrelevant in a sense.
Ah relly cyar see Leston effectively taking his place.
Yeah. Boucaud, Abu Bakr and Levi barely got a chance under Lawrence. None at all for Ataullah. Coach has his own thinking…
True. Yohance hasn’t gotten a sniff either. Although the most competitive position for T&T is at centre back. I cannot remember another time in my career when we had as many competent central defenders.
True. Exactly. In other eras, Weslie wouldn’t have problem getting in the squad I think.
I don’t think Dennis Lawrence would get into the squad with no disrespect to him. If these guys had the chance to play in Britain like Dennis and Sancho and Marvin Andrews, we would have some really good defenders now.
And Dennis did really well for T&T. I’m not saying he didn’t. Just that these current defenders have so much raw talent.
But why so many TT Pro players when we saw the level in Concacaf just two weeks ago..
BOOM! Sometimes an up-n-comer needs to knock on his own doors and not wait ft others to knock for
Simone, I can’t say there are too many Pro League players really. Because realistically, the only Pro League player who will play is Curtis Gonzales. That’s just one. And they have enough foreign players to leave him on the bench too if they choose.
Boucaud … what ya do Tallest?