Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart has kept faith in his regular “Soca Warriors”, despite an outburst after their 3-0 friendly loss to Jordan on June 16.
After the match, Hart declared that several of his players “didn’t deserve to wear a national shirt today. They showed no fight, no desire, no passion and it makes me think what the selection should be for the Gold Cup.”
For the time being, there was no sign of radical surgery though as his entire starting team against Jordan was named in his 23-man squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Warriors open their campaign against Guatemala on July 9 in Chicago.
Notably, Hart does have the option of changing his roster up until the eve of the competition.
Pro League top scorer Devorn Jorsling failed to earn a pick on the final team while North East Stars custodian Cleon John was again overlooked.
At the other end, Iceland-based attacker Jonathan Glenn made a surprise return after being used for just 23 minutes for the entire 2014 Caribbean Cup tournament while St Ann’s Rangers teenager Kadeem Corbin and North East Stars playmaker Keron Cummings also forced their way into the squad.
Central defenders Radanfah Abu Bakr and Yohance Marshall, who are based in Denmark and El Salvador respectively, also regained their squad places while the Hoyte brothers, Justin and Gavin, opted to remain in England to look after their club careers.
The Warriors are in a live-in camp at the Normandie Hotel at present. They leave for another pre-tournament camp in Fort Lauderdale on June 28 and will play their final warm-up match on July 3 against Haiti in Chicago.
The Warriors have failed to win or score in any of their five international matches. They are grouped with Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala in the Gold Cup.
Hart steered the Warriors into the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Gold Cup, where they were edged 1-0 by Mexico.
(Trinidad and Tobago Gold Cup Team)
Goalkeepers: 21.Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), 1.Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic), 22.Adrian Foncette (Police FC);
Defenders: 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge—Denmark), 18.Yohance Marshall (Juventud Independiente—El Salvador), 4.Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen, Belgium), 17.Mekeil Williams (W Connection), 5.Daneil Cyrus (W Connection), 2.Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy—Kazakhstan), 3.Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire—USA);
Midfielders: 14.Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—UK), 8.Khaleem Hyland (KVC Westerlo—Belgium), 15.Dwane James (North East Stars), 19.Kevan George (Columbus Crew—USA), 11.Ataulla Guerra (Central FC), 20.Keron Cummings (North East Stars);
Forwards: 9.Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City—UK), 13.Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—USA), 23.Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava—Slovakia), 10.Willis Plaza (Central FC), 16.Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers 2—USA), 7.Jonathan Glenn (IBV—Iceland), 12.Kadeem Corbin (St Ann’s Rangers).