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Caesar and Marcus selected for Mexico friendly; Kenwyne and Peltier out

New Central FC attacker Marcus Joseph, teenaged North East Stars midfielder Neveal Hackshaw, United States-based forward Trevin Caesar and England-born defender Gavin Hoyte will join the “Soca Warriors” in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday August 30, in preparation for their international friendly against Mexico on September 4.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings (third from right) celebrates his second strike against Mexico with teammates (from right) Khaleem Hyland, Kenwyne Jones and Kevan George at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Copyright Nicholas Kamm/AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings (third from right) celebrates his second strike against Mexico with teammates (from right) Khaleem Hyland, Kenwyne Jones and Kevan George at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
(Copyright Nicholas Kamm/AFP 2015)

All four players were already capped by Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart and now have opportunities to earn a squad place for the upcoming Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Warriors will face Mexico without captain Kenwyne Jones or central defender Sheldon Bateau who were both influential in their quarterfinal finish at the July 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Hart told the media that Jones and Bateau are both likely to switch clubs before the European transfer window swings shut between August 31 and September 2, depending on the respective association. And, as such, they asked to remain with their employers so as to be ready to complete possible moves.

“(Our training camp) is right in the middle of the transfer window and both players might potentially be on the move,” said Hart, “and have asked to be excused.”

St Ann’s Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin is on trial in Belgium and unavailable. Stars utility player Dwane James is trying out too and trying to secure a deal with top Costa Rican champion club, Saprissa.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal against Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jones will miss the rematch between the two teams on September 4 in Utah. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal against Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Jones will miss the rematch between the two teams on September 4 in Utah.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

In the case of Central FC playmaker Ataulla Guerra and Slovakia-based winger Lester Peltier, Hart merely decided to try someone else.

“You only have so many (team places),” said Hart. “I would like to see some options.”

There were only six Pro League players in Hart’s 20-man squad and only half that number are currently active in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Warriors’ two goalkeepers, Jan-Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip, are firmly entrenched in the squad on merit while Hart kept faith in North East Stars playmaker Keron Cummings, who scored twice against Mexico at the Gold Cup.

Hackshaw, who represented Trinidad and Tobago at last month’s Pan American Games in Toronto, managed to secure a team spot despite being in pre-season with Stars.

“(Hackshaw) is not active but he is one of the young players I would like to keep an eye on,” said Hart. “He plays in one of the positions we want to increase competition for.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Neveal Hackshaw (right) holds off Curaçao defender Luivienno Statia during the 2014 U-20 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Neveal Hackshaw (right) holds off Curaçao defender Luivienno Statia during the 2014 U-20 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The Warriors’ camp is expected to be funded by the Ministry of Sport and Sportt Company while the match organisers will pay for Trinidad and Tobago’s airfare and accommodation from September 2.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Sheldon Phillips said the local football body has been allowed to sell the broadcast rights for the international at home.

The Warriors’ 4-4 draw with Mexico, last month, was described as one of the Gold Cup’s most exciting games of all time and the rematch will be shown on ESPN.

Gold Cup golden ball winner and PSV Eindhoven playmaker Andrés Guardado and Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez were both included in a full strength Mexico team to face Trinidad and Tobago.

However, Phillips said the TTFA will not get a cut off the international television deal or the gates.

“For a team that is ranked 56th, it is a normal arrangement,” said Phillips.

Photo: Mexico star Andres Guardado (centre) celebrates his strike against Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, (Copyright MexSport/CONCACAF)
Photo: Mexico star Andres Guardado (centre) celebrates his strike against Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final,
(Copyright MexSport/CONCACAF)

The fixture will be Mexico’s 18th match in this calendar year and “El Tricolor” will follow it up with a game against Argentina in Arlington, Texas.

In contrast, the September 4 friendly will be Trinidad and Tobago’s eight game this year and the squad will be immediately disbanded as the TTFA failed to agree terms with Bolivia for a friendly in Trinidad on September 7 or 8.

Hart’s contract as head coach expired just before the Gold Cup and he suggested that he hoped to have guarantees regarding the development of his squad before he agreed to an extension.

“We still have to sit down and sort out the contractual situation,” said Hart. “The association has a contract on the table. It is just about wording and so on.

“But it is not just about me. It is about the program (for the team).”

The Warriors are due to play a 2016 Copa America play off contest with Haiti before their World Cup qualifying campaign begins in November.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Cordell Cato (left) eludes Panama midfielder Miguel Camargo during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal. (Copyright Jewel Samad/AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Cordell Cato (left) eludes Panama midfielder Miguel Camargo during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal.
(Copyright Jewel Samad/AFP 2015)

However, team manager William Wallace revealed that CONCACAF still has not set a date for the Copa contest.

At present, the Mexico team is steered by interim coach Ricardo Ferretti after former boss Miguel Herrara, who helped El Tricolour to the 2015 Gold Cup title, was sacked for assaulting a journalist.

(Trinidad and Tobago team)

Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Caledonia AIA);

Defenders: Gavin Hoyte (Barnet—England), Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge—Denmark), Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Mekeil Williams (Antigua GFC—Guatemala), Daneil Cyrus (Chicago Fire—USA), Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy—Kazakhstan);

Midfielders: Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Khaleem Hyland (KV Westerlo—Belgium), Kevan George (Columbus Crew—USA), Neveal Hackshaw (North East Stars);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud volleys home the second goal in their 2-0 win over Cuba at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Copyright Christian Peterson/AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud volleys home the second goal in their 2-0 win over Cuba at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
(Copyright Christian Peterson/AFP 2015)

Attacking Midfielders: Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—USA), Marcus Joseph (Central FC), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire—USA), Keron Cummings (North East Stars);

Forwards: Willis Plaza (Central FC), Trevin Caesar (Austin Aztex—USA), Jonathan Glenn (Breioablik—Iceland), Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers 2—USA).

 

(Mexico team)

Goalkeepers: Moises Muñoz (Club America), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca);

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club América), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Miguel Layun (Watford—England), Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona—Italy), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven—Netherlands), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad—Spain), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings (left) challenges Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera during 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings (left) challenges Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera during 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Midfielders: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus Manuel Corona (FC Twente—Netherlands), Jesus Dueñas (Tigres), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven—Netherlands), Javier Güemez (Club America), Hector Herrera (Porto—Portugal), Luis Montes (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon);

Forwards: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United—England), Raul Jimenez (Benfica—Portugal), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad—Spain),

AboutLasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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15 comments

  1. What are the stats for Kenny Joseph Nigel Myers? He seemed to have coached T&T intermittently for much of the 90s.

  2. Kirwin, Bertille St. Clair was in charge of T&T for about seventy something matches. He had two stints as national coach.

  3. Good squad. I see nothing wrong. What’s the record for a national coach of T&T in terms of time ?

  4. Lass i need some info when u get time .The most successful local coaches in terms of 1 club titles and 2 CFU title,i.e Shell Cup and its various reincarnations. I am thinking Kenny’KJ’ Joseph tops the list in both categories.

  5. I don’t see Marcus as a number 10. I see him as an inverted winger cutting in off the flank to do damage.
    I think Central FC played him in what could be his best position.

  6. One of the issues with Guerra especially on the national team is that he plays too deep when he should be playing higher up the pitch. I thought Marcus put in a good shift last night, although his decision making was errant at times. He was actually more involved in the game than Guerra.

  7. True…but both players best and preferred position is just of the front man in this case plaza where they can pick up d ball etc….n i dont see central starting games with marcus guerra and plaza cuz dey not gonna get much in terms of trackin back from those three…..how do u c it Nigel

  8. Still wondering why Britto cyar get ah bligh. Jomo, I see Marcus complementing Guerra rather than fighting up with him. Two very different players.

  9. I hope marcus takes his national chance this time and i thought w connection wud have been a better fit than central….since arcia left…marcus wud have been d player to build the team around rather than fightin up with guerra but we shall see

  10. Lollll i here inno….keepin a low profile till i see ur story about the pro league starting back….well in d story dey have phillip with caledonia aia…so major changes take place in the league….other than d marcus n ettienne changes…i see kerry baptiste gone to central….

  11. Did Marvin swap clubs too? I haven’t gotten up to date with the Pro League transfers yet.
    Btw, I knew Marcus Joseph’s recall would resurrect you Jomo I. Johnson! Lol

  12. Good stuff…disappointed that we cudnt get an opponent for the sept 7th date friendly smh….i now realize marvin phillip change clubs as well