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Kenwyne and Molino head T&T’s foreign-based contingent for upcoming WCQs

Former Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team captain and Atlanta United FC forward Kenwyne Jones and Minnesota United midfield ace Kevin Molino are both set to return to international action next week, after being named in a 26-man squad to face Panama and Mexico in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 24 and 28 March respectively.

Jones and Molino will be joined by 11 more foreign-based players, including Seattle Sounders left wing back Joevin Jones, KC Krylia Sovetov defender Sheldon Bateau and teenaged AZ Alkmaar attacker Levi Garcia.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones (right) celebrates with teammate Sheldon Bateau during international duty at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones (right) celebrates with teammate Sheldon Bateau during international duty at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Defence Force striker Jamille Boatswain keeps his place in the team—after his double in a 2-0 friendly win over Barbados on 10 March—while Central FC midfielder Leston Paul, San Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis and Defence Force defender Curtis Gonzales also won picks into the final squad alongside regular faces like Central custodian Jan-Michael Williams, W Connection playmaker Hughtun Hector and unattached defender Daneil Cyrus.

Although there were no major surprises in the first competitive squad selected by rookie head coach Dennis Lawrence, Mexico-based striker Shahdon Winchester and Yohance Marshall, who both represent second division team Murcielagos FC alongside attacking midfielder Jomal Williams, might feel desperately unlucky to miss out.

Winchester scored a hattrick in his last outing for the Soca Warriors, which was a 4-3 loss Gold Cup qualifying loss to Haiti in January.

And Marshall, who scored a stoppage time equaliser in Trinidad and Tobago’s memorable 4-4 draw with Mexico at the 2013 Gold Cup, might wonder how he missed out despite being a regular player for a Mexican outfit—particularly when six of the nine defenders selected are in their pre-season or off-season.

Photo Trinidad and Tobago defender Yohance Marshall (left) wins a header from Mexico defender Yasser Corona in CONCACAF 2015 Gold Cup action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo Trinidad and Tobago defender Yohance Marshall (left) wins a header from Mexico defender Yasser Corona in CONCACAF 2015 Gold Cup action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

San Jose Earthquakes winger Cordell Cato has also not featured at all this season and was not even the bench for his team’s last outing while defensive midfielder Kevan George and full back Aubrey David are still in their pre-season preparation with United States NASL team, Jacksonville Armada, and Finland club, PS Kemi, respectively.

Lawrence claimed his overseas contacts vouched for the fitness of his foreign-based players although he further suggested that playing time was one criteria used in his squad selection.

“With assessing the overseas based players, one of the things that was important was finding out how much game time they’ve been getting at the moment and their physical condition,” Lawrence told the TTFA Media, “because obviously the boys that play in the MLS, their season is only two games in.

“We managed, by use of our contacts in the US, to speak to some of the personnel at the clubs and get physical data on the players which helped us a lot because we knew what physical condition they were in coming into our camp. It all then came back down to what I want to do and what I think is best for the team and we made the selection based on that.”

Lawrence’s job might not have been helped by fact that the local Pro League ended a month ago either, although he kept a local squad together in constant training.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago assistant coach Sol Campbell (right) congratulates striker Jamille Boatswain after his double strike against Barbados in a 2-0 win at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 10 March 2017. (Courtesy CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago assistant coach Sol Campbell (right) congratulates striker Jamille Boatswain after his double strike against Barbados in a 2-0 win at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 10 March 2017.
(Courtesy CA Images/Wired868)

India-based striker Willis Plaza could certainly claim to have earned his ticket home after banging in 12 goals in seven games for East Bengal while Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK Sūduva—Lithuania), Khaleem Hyland, Bateau, Garcia and Joevin have featured regularly enough for their clubs.

But Lawrence, as with his selection of off-colour Central midfielder Keron Cummings to face Barbados, might have already hinted that he considers the individual attributes of his players before he looks at their form.

“We had to try and incorporate the players from abroad so we had to select based on the positions that were needed and required for what I want to do,” said Lawrence. “In the end we put together a group that will give us the best possible chance of getting the result against Panama.”

That meant a recall for Kenwyne who is yet to start for new MLS franchise, Atlanta, and played a combined 13 minutes of their two games so far before this weekend’s fixtures.

Kenwyne was symbolically dropped by former head coach Tom Saintfiet on the grounds that he was not mobile enough to lead the line.

Photo: Atlanta United FC forward Kenwyne Jones. (Copyright Jason Getz/USA Today)
Photo: Atlanta United FC forward Kenwyne Jones.
(Copyright Jason Getz/USA Today)

However, Saintfiet’s verdict always seemed to be have more than a tinge of political self-interest since the former England Premier League player was not even available to represent his country at the time. And, ironically, Saintfiet’s team often resorted to sending lanky central defender, Abu Bakr, upfront and punting long balls towards him.

Jones has enjoyed a love/hate relationship with local fans for years.

He scored 15 goals from his first 30 matches under coach Stephen Hart and played a key role in the Soca Warriors’ successive Gold Cup quarterfinal berths in 2013 and 2015 and buried a brilliant volley in a 2-1 away win over Guatemala that helped take his squad into the CONCACAF Hex.

However, in 2016, Jones’ only goal from five matches in 2016 came in a 6-0 home win over St Vincent and the Grenadines and his poor form coincided with a dip in results for Trinidad and Tobago, which ultimately contributed to Hart’s dismissal.

Molino’s role in the Warriors’ poor 2016 run was even less savoury as he was twice disciplined and subsequently suspended from the team for breaching internal rules—he allegedly broke curfew to party on at least two occasions.

The skilful former FIFA Under-17 and Under-20 player remained every bit as treasured off the island as his move from Orlando City to newly promoted Minnesota United at a cost of US$650,000 set a new MLS transfer record.

Photo: Minnesota United FC midfielder Kevin Molino jumps over Atlanta United FC player Chris McCann during their MLS contest on 12 March 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Atlanta defeated Minnesota 6-1. (Copyright AFP 2017/Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Photo: Minnesota United FC midfielder Kevin Molino jumps over Atlanta United FC player Chris McCann during their MLS contest on 12 March 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Atlanta defeated Minnesota 6-1.
(Copyright AFP 2017/Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

It has not been all roses for Molino in Minnesota though, as his new employers set a less flattering record for the worst start in franchise history after losing 5-1 and 6-1 in their opening two matches. Molino contributed one successful penalty for the club to date.

Seattle play New York Red Bulls tonight while Colorado Rapids face Minnesota, Atlanta tackle Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes take on Sporting Kansas City.

In Europe, Garcia suffered from the typical second season blues but bounced back to regain his starting position for Eredivisie club, AZ Alkmaar, in the Netherlands. He started in four of AZ’s last five games, during which time he scored his lone goal this season in a 7-1 hammering administered by France giants, Lyon, in a UEFA Europa League contest.

Lawrence claimed that he expects the local-based players to set the tone when his combined squad hits the training ground this week.

“The players that worked with me locally had a head start on the players that were abroad because I had more contact time with them,” said the Warriors coach, “and I think a lot of them understand exactly what we are trying to do, which I believe was important.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence (second from left) and half of his technical staff who are (from right) Stephen Bradley, Riedoh Berdien, Ross Russell, Sol Campbell and Stuart Charles-Fevrier take in the action during their friendly international outing against Barbados on 10 March 2017. Lawrence was without assistant coach Stern John, who lost his daughter, Nikela, to a tragic mishap on the eve of the game. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence (second from left) and half of his technical staff who are (from right) Stephen Bradley, Riedoh Berdien, Ross Russell, Sol Campbell and Stuart Charles-Fevrier take in the action during their friendly international outing against Barbados on 10 March 2017.
Lawrence was without assistant coach Stern John, who lost his daughter, Nikela, to a tragic mishap on the eve of the game.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

“I think in this case it’s going to be the other way around where the local players are going to be the ones leading. And I am hoping the players that come from abroad can just come in and it will be easier for them to integrate with the local players and [learn from] their knowledge of what has been happening in the preparations so far and it should help us to gel together for the game.”

Tickets for the Panama and Mexico contests, which both kick off from 7pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, are available for TT$350 (covered) and TT$200 (uncovered) from March 18 to match day.

(Trinidad and Tobago 26-member squad)

Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Glenroy Samuel (Unattached);

Defenders: Carlos Edwards (Unattached), Alvin Jones, Tristan Hodge (W Connection), Aubrey David (PS Kemi—Finland), Daneil Cyrus (Unattached), Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK Sūduva—Lithuania), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Sheldon Bateau (KC Krylia Sovetov—Russia), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids—USA);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Triston Hodge (centre) tries to wriggle past some Barbados opponents during international friendly action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 10 March 2017. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Triston Hodge (centre) tries to wriggle past some Barbados opponents during international friendly action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 10 March 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Midfielders: Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Khaleem Hyland (KV Westerlo—Belgium), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Leston Paul (Central FC);

Attacking midfielders: Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—USA), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—USA), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar—Netherlands);

Forwards: Kenwyne Jones (Atlanta United FC—USA), Willis Plaza (East Bengal—India), Jamille Boatswain (Defence Force).

About Lasana 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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  1. Malik Johnson some things I have seen in our football that is guaranteed..which is continued failure at all levels…. I am not against any coach or player but i have seen this short term quick fix program fail time and time again my brother, but I can’t fault you for the mirage that is projected before us ??

  2. I haven’t read any other post but Earl Mango Pierre post, and my reaction to his post is of sadness for the younger players that have not stepped up to the plate,and made full use of their chances…but also to the fact that as a coach you have to look further than the Hex,and therefore if he is to have any positive continuity in his tenure he needs experience and youth to become a force within the Caribbean or he would fail woefully if he puts age and experience first and not get the guaranteed results …my opinion may not be the right one either Malik Johnson

    • Kurtwyn nothing guaranteed in this life but if you wanna make it to the hex at this stage we’re in these aren’t the games to blood young players unless you’re certain they can help. We need the tried and tested …. also I feel young players gotta earn their chances …. Boatswain comes in and scores too rippers …he’s put himself into the conversation beyond a doubt. Dennis head is in the right direction but he can only work with what he has.

  3. Them really good yes Malik Johnson. hahahaha

  4. Why is it men calling for Carlos head? Is he actually playing crap …or people just assume that because he is older he can’t do it anymore? Have we had any recent prospects that are doing a better job than he is? The logic bamboozles me ….

  5. Carlos Edwards will be representing until he is 40 yrs old the same like my baller for life Marvin Oliver who represented in the professional league in our sweet country eh. hahahahaha

  6. So…nobody mention Carlos being there?

  7. And I do not represent either Britto or Winchester currently so I am saying this without any personal interest

    • We’re all expressing opinions. Ultimately, the coach has to be comfortable and be responsible for his team selection and performance.

    • Perhaps Britto hasn’t impressed the head coach?

    • And he is impressed with TT Pro league and beating Barbados? No need to add to the joke

    • Not saying he is but what makes Britto so special? He’s really accomplished nothing to be honest. Hasn’t he jumped from team to team over the past few years? Simply playing in Honduras guarantees you nothing

    • I would add that beating Barbados 2-0 is extremely bad. Mexico would have put at least 8 on them like Pumas did on W Connection

    • I’m not disputing the Barbados game is nothing. Quite frankly that game should have been behind closed doors. But playing in Honduras guarantees Britto zero in my opinion

    • He is actually at 5 goals in 9 games in Honduras thus far which is 3 times as hard as TT Pro League. In TT Pro League he actually was top scorer before leaving to Honduras. He was also TT Pro league high scorer with 14 before leaving the first time to Guate and Mexico.

    • He has the same goals of the Barbados killer in TT Pro while playing only half of the season.

    • Honduras is Central America champion, beat 3-1 T&T in the last match, exports many more players to Europe, and has a roster which Transfermarket values at 14,53 million Euros vs T&T at 6,79 million. More than 50% of the players of Honduras are based in the local league, specifically 2 of the strikers play at Motagua and 2 others only recently left Olympia to Houston Dynamo and are doing quite well. Quioto has 3 goals in MLS in 3 games. Was playing in Honduras league until December.

    • All that says nothing about Britto. What has he accomplished?

    • Of course it does, he is playing in a competitive environment. He is scoring. He is in form. He is among the top scorers of the Honduras league. What have the other strikers called up besides Kenwyne Jones accomplished?

    • Don’t answer the question with a question… what has Britto accomplished

    • I have already told you. He is currently among the top strikers in the Honduras league which is miles better than the leagues where the other strikers are playing (except Kenwyne). Do you not understand still?

    • He was also finalist with Murcielagos de Guamuchil in Mexico Segunda Premier after winning group A including Tigres B, Monterrey B, Tijuana B, Santos B. Another league miles more competitive than the TT Pro.

    • Earl Mango Pierre do you understand when I write or is my writing not clear enough?

    • In the Pro League this season, Boatswain’s success is unparalleled by any other striker in my opinion–even if he had Britto had the same number of goals at one point.
      That is because Boatswain was playing for the team that was cut away at the bottom of the table who were absolute crap.
      Then he changed clubs and ended up as deputy to the all time best Pro League scorer, had to wait for a chance to play at all… And then banged in more goals as soon as that chance came.
      Whatever might be said about his form now, you can’t put Boatswain down because Britto switched league a few weeks ago. That’s my opinion Brent.

    • Your writing and your wisdom is always on point and I agree with you 1000% that Britto should have been selected to be on our Soca Warriors team especially when Cato isn’t playing any ball right now as was mentioned Simone Ghirlanda. Them really good yes.

    • Simone if Britto stepped off a plane from the Pro League and is setting it afire, then does that mean the Pro League/Pro League talent is better than you give them credit for sometimes?
      Also does it stand to figure that there some other Pro League players who can step out there and shine? Maybe even Boatswain, for instance?

    • Simone I have no dog in the fight. I’m simply asking questions. However just because someone is playing in Honduras (doing well or otherwise) doesn’t warrant a selection on our national team. I was a first team NCAA Division 1 All American and I wasn’t good enough to make our national U23 team at the time far less for the senior team. Bottom line is playing in foreign guarantees you nothing

    • Boatswain will be coming of the bench against Panama and Mexico because the Coaching staff will be going with the foreign base strikers first eh Them really good yes

    • That’s true Earl Mango Pierre… and if Britto was on the squad he’d be in the same boat

    • When Dwight Yorke captained Trinidad at the World Cup, he was playing in Australia.
      And when Aurtis Whitley started in center midfield against Bahrain with Yorke on left wing and Latas on the bench, he was playing for Jabloteh.
      So it isn’t always black and white.

    • And it is really funny that you mentioned about being selected on the NCAA Division 1 All American team and wasn’t good enough to make the under 23 team farless the national team because over the weekend I was at Ancil Elcock birthday football tournament bash in Caroni and while chatting to meh old soldiers from the Army team, the surprising thing that was mentioned was that some Army players that made the national team at the time couldn’t make the Army first 11 eh, Brent Bennett so as Mr. Live Wire said it isn’t always black and white eh. Them really good yes. hahahahahaha

    • 100% agree Earl Mango Pierre

    • Lasana Liburd Britto had to take time to be where he is now. He was in Guate then Mexico. I have not seen a player yet coming straight out of TT Pro and killing it immediately. While there are players able to make the jump and even excel abroad, it takes time to adjust from a walking league to a running league.

    • The gap between Ncaa Div 1 and pro even in Central America is HUGE.

    • Agreed never said it wasn’t. I was making a reference point. But at the end of the day Britto is almost a journeyman at this point jumping from club to club. No stability not even upward mobility I’d say but hey, I’m no agent.

    • How long was he at Guatemala? A few months? Then a year in the Pro League?
      I feel like the Pro League and/or Trinidad and Tobago football should get some credit all the same for the nurturing.
      However flawed, it did create the platform. Most of the current national players started in pro league. And some went from here straight into first team squads abroad.
      From Keston Julien and Joevin Jones straight back to guys like Jason Scotland in the past. That’s all I’m saying. We need plenty work still. But we can’t be rubbish if our players are walking into better leagues and performing.

    • Britto was in Mexico third tier (USL equivalent) after Guatemala. Moving to Honduras was a step in the right direction, and playing in Guate and Mexico taught him to play under pressure. Murcielagos B were Segunda Premier finalists with him if you recall. Lost final to Tampico Madero which was promoted to Ascenso.

    • Simone I have no statistical data to back this up but I’d venture to guess 75% of NCAA d1 all Americans get a shot at the MLS right out of college if they are seniors…. they ain’t going to the Honduran 1st division….

    • Joevin Jones went to Finland. Then only after MLS. Like I said, it’s a process but I don’t see players coming straight out of TT Pro making an immediate impact at the Hex Level. Sorry but that is pure utopia and we saw that vs Peru and China, hardly world beaters.

    • 75% of NCAA Div 1 players get drafted by MLS? How many then get an MLS contract? How many then make an impact in MLS and stay around more than one season? You know that number is extremely small.

      Again Honduras first division sends players to MLS for young DP contracts. Albert Elis is only 20, he has a young DP contract at Dynamo.

    • I don’t disagree but I don’t believe going to places like Honduras and Guatemala as a huge upgrade. Far less for India and all these other stupid places where men chasing money. But I’m not mad at them, dudes gotta feed their families.

    • I am talking about 1st team All Americans my friend. Not NCAA players in general…

    • Ok got it. Well Yohance Marshall was a 1st team all American.

      So in your opinion Costa Rica and Honduras leagues are what level? Because as far as I know Costa Rica first division clubs usually beat MLS sides.

    • All about marketing… Because of marketing MLS is probably only below the Mexican league…. this helps your players’ profile, no?

    • Guatemala served a purpose for Mekeil Williams. You may think it’s easy but it’s much harder than USL and NASL to excel in Central America first division leagues. Those are countries where people live for football. Pressure is actually higher than in MLS in some ways. And there is relegation too.

    • It’s harder to move a player from MLS to Europe than it is from a club like Saprissa or Olympia.

    • Oh I don’t disagree that it may be more difficult, however MLS is a more recognizable league from a marketing standpoint. Trust me I’m no MLS fan per se.

  8. Whenever Kenwyne has the ball he always has at least 2 opponents with him. The man brings something to the team.

  9. Lets support the red white and black. KJ may not been showing good abilities lately. But lets remember he is a striker, and he needs service from the midfield, also our team had some internal issues that plague them in the last few games under coach Hart. KJ is strong and experienced and every player is important based on the opponent. KJ is still a great player. So lets support the coach and the guys. With a new coach and new team hopefully good vibes, attitude, mindset, tactics and experience will be shared to give the guys the right and adequate tools to win both games. Lets support the guys.

  10. You dont need to call back Kenwyne……cuz we have Jamille Boatswain…..he scored two goals, against Barbados….you dont need to call back Kenwyne

  11. jones not as quick as he use to be but physically strong and if thats d coach choice well no problem. Molino is a big plus. SOCA WARRIORS ALL D WAY

  12. Jones is not sure to make the final cut.

  13. support the red white balack friday ppl

  14. And Jerrel Britto scored again today in a 1-0 win. Them really good yes. Lasana Liburd Earl Mango Pierre

  15. Time to push for new talent I mean the old talents are fine but let’s swap it up a bit and see how it goes anyways good luck squad

  16. Some of you never support anything in your life..that is why it is easy to make such comments..but a true Trinbagoen and a diehard fan of our game is going to give full support and show confidences in our boys and the coach.
    “But then again this is T&T people for you, supporter of nothing, but critic of everything “…..

  17. T&T is extremely fortunate to have a player of the calibre of Kenwyne Jones at their disposal.

    Because he doh “spannah” nobody….many T&T football supporters display their ignorance and lable him a shithong.

    As is iften the case, we…Trinidad & Tobago…don’t deserve those who do their best to represent us…in spite of it all.

  18. if jones was performing like lakaku from everton no scene, but with that amount of international experience he does nothing and that happening awhile now but i will still support yuh decision coach cause in football yuh never know he might be the one to help us to get tru, i said he might eh did not say he will

  19. I don’t mind Jones been selected, but he surely isn’t a starter..#socawarrioralltheway.

  20. Jones is ah waste ah time . Send him by d bar

  21. Decent selection, starting striker should be Boatswain as he is in fine form at the moment, Jones can come on and use his physicality when Boatswain is worn out. Molino in the starting line-up can only be positive for us. #SocaWarriorsForever

  22. Brian / Lasana what’s the scoop with Bostock?

    • Rowan…He spoke to Dennis and said he is unable to commit to Trinidad & Tobago at THIS time due to PERSONAL issues but does want to represent in the future so Dennis told him the door remains open whenever he (Bostock) is ready.

    • Same story for the last year essentially.

    • Thanks all the same. Was wondering if there was more to it

    • He doesn’t want to come. But I don’t know why either.

    • Reminds me of Shaka in his days

    • TOTALLY diffrent situation Trini Don BOTH Rowan and I know Shaka PERSONALLY…I dont have time now but wil relate that story to you later.

    • Brian Springer share the info here for all of wired volley to benefit….

    • Trini, Shaka quit Trinidad because when he was at Reading he made an arrangement with Oliver Camps to return for competitive games as the calendars were not synced and he was very important to his team. Camps agreed.
      Then Jack put on a money spinning friendly against the US and told him to come or else. He refused and Jack had FIFA ban him.
      He had to use his U.K. passport and appeal on grounds that he had never represented T&T in competitive game. From then on, he was registered as English over there. And it was his good form at Reading that got him Premiership move.
      He swore he would never play for Trinidad once Jack Warner was there.
      You might not know that his dad George Hislop also mobilized against Jack here for trying to skip debts of football body and Jack had his father deemed persona non grata and effectively banned from anything to do with local football.
      Years later, Bertille St Clair and the late Richard Braithwaite stepped in as mediators and were able to convince Shaka to return.
      I wrote about this years ago for the Express. So now you know.
      Shaka might be the only trini we ever exported who doesn’t even have a hint of a foreign accent. And he has always seen himself as Trini.

    • Trini Don. I endorse what Lasana said. It the same story as I know it

    • I always used to laugh when the then TTFF used to say they couldn’t contact Shaka when his dad was still in the same place in the Vale all the time. Those guys were shameless.

    • they used to spread a rumour that Shaka was waiting for an England call-up. Same rumour they using with Bostock now, it seems. Had some other dotish rumours bout David Nakhid as well.
      Bottom line is we gotta cut tru the BS and get someone to speak on the record about what’s really going on with the player—from both sides of the divide.

  23. Soca worriors all d way !but we need somebody to score goals more than miss there chances in front the goal then hold his nose and smile when his effort was not even close

  24. Hmmmmm lets support tge red white and black pple

  25. Because he had a poor season and was lucky to even make the team for Barbados. He just hasn’t caught himself yet. Sadly.

  26. Ok then Mr. Live Wire what is your take as to why he is out?

  27. The people who talking about who and what the coach should do never even kick a stone in their life..but want to past judgment on Jones and others…smfh..
    T&T biggest problem in football is the so-called supports…
    “Warriors all the way”

  28. Earl Mango Pierre you can make the Ballpest comment in here. Although i don’t think he is out because of Molino.

  29. I just don’t understand, we could of bring back York if we so out of players

  30. Doing the same thing over an over an expecting a different result is the definition of insanity,Tallman you had me up until Kenwyn,I’m out !

  31. Kenwyne there for his experience. Yes he is not that good again but he have the experience. I would like to see him in a supporting role for the striker.

  32. Kenwyne Jones is a trini like all of us let start pushing up and stop pulling him down good luck to the guys in those two up coming games red white and black all the way

  33. Let us keep it positive ppl let us come out in our numbers and support the team please

  34. Red White And Black all the way

  35. Cmon Ataulla Guerra… Force your way back into the squad!

  36. I must admit I am very pleased. Excellent selection. I would have been disappointed if Kenwyne Jones was not selected, I know his importance on this team. I hope those complaining about Jones coming to support the team. Panama, Mexico look out we coming hard. MISS IT YUH MAD AH WHA!!!!

  37. Coach Lawrence you leave out Jomal ” Bebo ” Williams! That’s our future there l now is d time to include such

  38. hahahahaaha Them really good yes.

  39. Captain Goat is back..,..steups

  40. Return of the goat here we go!!!!

  41. Srry to say but kenwyne jones is real shit, give someone else a chance.

  42. Glad to have Molino back…

  43. Warrior time is now!
    ?? 2- 0 ??.
    ?? 2-1 ??.

  44. Not sure why a coach would add Kenwyne Jones to this team. Uncle Ellis is a much better pick to me.

    • Lol. It is no coincidence that so many coaches turn to him.

    • Ppl getting real tied up with the quality that he brings. May not bury all his chances but his contribution is monumental.

    • Whose contribution?? There is clear fall off in Jones contribution. He is not dominant in the air. Because 1. he does not attack the ball in d air. 2. Im seeing shorter guys out jump him consistently And 3. even on pin point crosses he misses the target too often.
      He doesn’t do a descent decent job of holding up the ball anymore. I wish Jones was better. But I think this should be his last chance and if he doesn’t give a descent performance. Pick on form rather than past ability.

    • I watched KJ play live vs mexico in the 4-4 draw …his game was hot and cold but at all times the Mexico team was struggling to deal with him ….physically he was and is imposing. But to judge him on the performance of a disjointed tt team with no consistent support …..service or game plan feeding off scraps is retarded even by TT standards. If we had a striker to step up and take his place they would have done so by now. The challenge will be to play him to his strengths and the required movement of the midfield. ….an isolated forward with an impotent midfield will win nothing …it could be KJ or Messi ….. A motivated and fit KJ is not a player I want to deal with as an opponent …

    • Once he plays with more tenacity and not like if he’s doing the mannequin challenge, he has my support.

    • I actually have that hope with the entire team …. people’s focus on him seemed to misdirect from just how absolutely shitty our midfield and defense has been ….absolute bobol …we been playing out there

    • 4-4 against Mexico the team was playing well that could be because kenwyne was a threat. If u r playing 1 striker and he isn’t a threat or can’t hold up d ball. U r putting immense pressure on a team that was never good at holding onto the ball. And that inability up front put pressure on d other players . I want Jones to do well but if he isn’t then there are other suitable replacements. Give them a fair chance

    • In my humble opinion, if Jones comes on as a substitute at the beginning of the 2nd half, I see him raining goals on opponents. He would be hungrier and energized.

    • Ako the difference in that game was the midfield was winning the ball and getting it to him ..either to feet for him to lay off or from crosses to him…… that made him the threat …hitting a hopeful long ball for a man to chase with the defense ahead of him is not creative midfield play …. thas savannah sweat ….

    • KJ need it. Bcos right now he riding the bench hard for Atlanta United. Just getting like 10 minutes in the 2nd half with ATL United

  45. How can u take a donkey to run triple crown

  46. I hope Kenwyne Jones is not our 1st choice striker 🙁

  47. Jones… Bring him on second half around 65mins.
    He do too much to help football in TNT I fine allyuh people rell ungrateful. If allyuh get behind Him, maybe it will help his mental.

  48. Probably the only country in the Hex that has players who are unattached

  49. Anton Wolfe, I see you rest it on Plaza’s team the other day. Keep representing star!

  50. What about Keston Julien, Lester Peltier and Gavin Hoyte?

  51. Shahdon must have sworn that hat trick cemented his spot for these qualifiers. Well at least I did lol

  52. Hope they gel sufficiently to be successful. Good luck and God speed to the team!!

  53. Bring back anybody but jones

  54. Already the coach has entered the same lane as the past coaches building the hopes of the locals an ditchibg them for the overseas pros .selling the dreams of development .

  55. Hahaha. Very illuminating there Shaun. I don’t know Cheyenne. Will ask.

  56. I think the reason he’s out the squad is because he wasnt selected by the coach

  57. Someone really needs to find out the reason Yohance is out of this squad . It makes absolutely zero sense

    Lasana Liburd any chance you can find out?

  58. Jerrel Bru Britto, with his current form and the opponents, should be in this 26…… oh well….

  59. Another great performance today by Dwane James in Pasaquina’s 3-0 win over historic side Luis Angel Firpo


    Earl Mango Pierre

  60. The Haiti performance was due to the Dictators presence and also his undermining, not to mention Cummings being shot as well

  61. Dennis u fail before u start how u could bring back jones is better u bring back stern john u will get more out from him than jones

  62. We shall see how the players respond to Tallest.. we need a strong local league where the players can stay locally and earn the same living as abroad and not allow foreign clubs to bench them and keep them inactive which sabotaged our wc chances and team chemistry ….

    A program that will be active year round with them playing together and playing top clubs and nations consistently but keep them local and training together

  63. The gamble of using guys who weren’t playing didn’t work for Hart and caused some low energy games. And he tried to lessen the amount of non-active players in his squad later on.
    But I know it is difficult because our pool isn’t that large. So now Dennis has to try and find a selection.
    Although of course I recognise that we have players like Weslie John and Dwane James and Jerrel Britto and Keston Julien and so on that should get a look at some point. Wesley did okay last year in the South America tour.

  64. how do we leace out nen who pkayong in mexico to play against mexico?…not like those who picked ahead of then are match fit and far better technically

    • At the least, they would be accustomed to the style and pace–even though they are in the second division. Then they would also have the extra motivation.
      Worked for T&T against England for instance when our mostly lower league British players played out of their skins.
      Oh well. Hard luck fellahs… Next time.

    • I woulda go for Yohance …the other two guys to me are at the same level or less of the guys picked ahead of them …. you simply can’t choose everyone

  65. It’s a regular problem for T&T coaches now as far as players who are in their pre-season and stuff. That led to that sleepwalking performance against Haiti last year in the Copa America Centenario playoff.

  66. rookie coach with players who not.playing regularly…oh well

  67. Would have been nice to see Julius James get a chance after doing so well with Central. But he is in pre season now so I understand him missing out.

  68. Lasana Liburd didnt abu baka miss the barbados game to sign wit a new club ?? Aint fightin de team but if we playin mexico at least one ah de trio should of gotten a pick

  69. From 26 players, the only guys playing regular competitive football right now are: Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK Sūduva—Lithuania), Sheldon Bateau (KC Krylia Sovetov—Russia), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—USA), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar—Netherlands) and Willis Plaza (East Bengal—India).
    You can add Khaleem Hyland (KV Westerlo—Belgium) as his season just ended.
    That’s eight from 26. That’s a big gamble to me at this level.
    Some of that is unavoidable and Dennis can’t be blamed for it, especially with the Pro League out of season.
    But if two players are close in terms of quality, I’d go with the guy who is playing.

  70. Lasana Liburd whe de 2 surprise selections DL spoke about, kenwyne ???

  71. Someone needs to explain to me why in every other respectable national team without a strong local league, they pick FIRST the players playing in the most competitive league abroad, then fill in with local based players or money leagues without good level if and only if needed. Why in T&T local players and players based on leagues non competitive get picked over players in competitive league?

  72. I can’t believe no Tyrone Charles and Marshall ….. Arcia and Nathan Lewis are very very ordinary .

  73. Wow , what does Yohance Marshall have to do ??

  74. Oh gosh boy ..I hope we not seeing a repeat of the friend friend thing . G eez

  75. Brent, Cordell not even on the bench for San Jose and still good enough? Wow.