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Molino, Jan-Michael and the Garcia and Jones brothers in T&T’s 40-man Gold Cup shortlist

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Dennis Lawrence is likely to lean heavily on overseas-based experience for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, as roughly two-thirds of the players named in his 40-man shortlist earn their living outside the twin island republic.

With the domestic leagues inactive for the past six months, Lawrence named 13 Pro League players in his shortlist and, even then, that included W Connection attacker Marcus Joseph, who recently appeared for India club, Gokulam Kerala FC.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Central FC goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Veteran Central FC goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and Police FC custodian Adrian Foncette earned picks alongside battle-hardened defenders like Carlyle Mitchell (La Horquetta Rangers), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), journeyman forward Shahdon Winchester (Connection) and former National Under-20 playmaker Judah Garcia (Defence Force).

Attacking midfielder Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), gifted wingers Levi Garcia (Kiryat Shmona—Israel) and Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders FC—USA) and versatile midfielder Khaleem Hyland (Al Faisaly FC—Saudi Arabia) head the foreign contingent.

Lawrence also included three overseas-based goalkeepers in Nicklas Frenderup (HB Koge—Denmark), Gregory Ranjitsingh (Orlando City—USA) and Jan-Michael Williams (FC Halifax Town—Canada).

There was a maiden summons for former National Under-20 defender Leland Archer (Charleston Battery—USA) while winger Kathon St Hillaire (SKF Iclinic Sered—Slovakia), forward Akeem Roach (Mosta FC—Malta) and defender Kareem Moses (FC Edmonton—Canada) got recalls.

The Soca Warriors are drawn with United States, Panama and Guyana in Group D of the Gold Cup with the winner and runners-up advancing to the knockout round. They open their campaign on 18 June against Panama at the Allianz Field in St Paul, Minnesota.

The full Trinidad and Tobago 40-man roster is as follows:

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago playmaker Kevin Molino (left) celebrates his goal against Costa Rica with teammate Joevin Jones during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the National Stadium in San José on 13 June 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Goalkeepers:

Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Marvin Phillip (Central FC), Nicklas Frenderup (HB Koge—Denmark), Gregory Ranjitsingh (Orlando City—USA), Jan-Michael Williams (FC Halifax Town—Canada);

Defenders:

Leland Archer (Charleston Battery—USA), Sheldon Bateau (Sarpsborg 08–Norway), Daneil Cyrus (Al Orobah—Saudi Arabia), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Justin Garcia (Unattached), Triston Hodge (Memphis 901 FC—USA), Ross Russell Jr (La Horquetta Rangers), Mekeil Williams (Oklahoma City Energy FC—USA), Alvin Jones (OKC Energy FC—USA), Keston Julien (AS Trencin—Slovakia), Carlyle Mitchell (La Horquetta Rangers), Kareem Moses (FC Edmonton—Canada);

Midfielders: Judah Garcia (Defence Force), Kevan George (Charlotte Independence—USA), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven—USA), Akeem Humphrey (Club Sando), Leston Paul (Memphis 901 FC—USA), Khaleem Hyland (Al Faisaly FC—Saudi Arabia), Duane Muckette (Memphis 901 FC—USA);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (left) holds off USA right back DeAndre Yedlin during 2018 World Cup qualifying action in Couva on 10 October 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Attacking midfielders:

Cordell Cato (Oklahoma City Energy FC—USA), Ataulla Guerra (Charleston Battery—USA), Levi Garcia (Kiryat Shmona—Israel), Dylon King (Defence Force), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Reon Moore (Defence Force), Nathan Lewis (Lansing Ignite—USA), Lester Peltier (Al Orobah—Saudi Arabia), Kathon St Hillaire (SKF Iclinic Sered—Slovakia), Jomal Williams (W Connection), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—USA);

Forwards:

Willis Plaza (Churchill Brothers—India), Shahdon Winchester (W Connection), Marcus Joseph (W Connection), Akeem Roach (Mosta FC—Malta).

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48 comments

  1. I will definitely make another trip in a timing especially when Arima is another place that is dear to my heart especially the football players who represented my organization in the past in my second sweetest country so continue with the great work that yourself and your committee is doing with respect to saving the youths and helping them fulfill their dreams Blessings My brother Brian James Ruiz

  2. Sir Earl Mango Pierre you give us great gift’s of hope, again thanks for all the good things in life from you, we keep on looking and feeling the best from the best Thanks hope to see you soon time in on us,, we looking forward to have you will our sessions, thanks again

  3. Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders)???

  4. Keon Daniel and Akeem Garcia should have been considered

  5. I hope Roach makes the final 23…

  6. Do you think we’re missing creative midfielders? Examples would be Nathaniel Garcia, Shawn DaSilva.. those type players. Also, where is young defender, Noah Powder from national under 20 of a few years ago? Overall a pretty decent squad though.

  7. Nigel Myers, what do you think of this 23 from the players named:
    Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip (Central FC), Gregory Ranjitsingh (Orlando City—USA), Adrian Foncette (Police FC);
    Defenders: Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica), Alvin Jones (OKC Energy FC—USA), Sheldon Bateau (Sarpsborg 08–Norway), Daneil Cyrus (Al Orobah—Saudi Arabia), Carlyle Mitchell (La Horquetta Rangers), Leland Archer (Charleston Battery–USA) or Kareem Moses (FC Edmonton—Canada), Triston Hodge (Memphis 901 FC—USA), Mekeil Williams (Oklahoma City Energy FC—USA);
    Midfielders: Kevan George (Charlotte Independence—USA), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven—USA), Leston Paul (Memphis 901 FC—USA), Khaleem Hyland (Al Faisaly FC—Saudi Arabia), Duane Muckette (Memphis 901 FC—USA);
    Attacking midfielders: Cordell Cato (Oklahoma City Energy FC—USA), Nathan Lewis (Lansing Ignite—USA), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Ataulla Guerra (Charleston Battery—USA), Levi Garcia (Kiryat Shmona—Israel), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—USA),
    Forwards: Shahdon Winchester (W Connection).

  8. And that is the final part enjoy

  9. Our players can real learn a lot from this interview although it is basketball Them really good yes

  10. And other real problem with our Soca Worries team is that there is no midfield generals Listen to Kidd about his professional career and his first love was Soccer and after moving to basketball he took the same concept with respect to passing and moving and his main objective was to always get the ball to his teammates to score and he himself was also a prolific goal scorer in the Basketball game I am hoping that players saw this video or our bootleg Coaches make certain that they do Them really good yes

  11. All known and expected names in except Akeem Garcia who has started the league under Hart very solidly I think

  12. His resume before he
    Finally is coaching a real professional team

    • Earl Mango Pierre ,But he only coached US clubs .

    • Mark Molino The point I was actually making was that many of our senior coaches starting with Coach Gally Cummings and I can name a few others were blacklisted a very long time ago that proved themselves coaching local and school teams and should be involved the same with our national teams and the so call professional teams hence the reason why our football in a real mess and the bootleg Coaches continues doing ah set ah madness I am positively certain that the basketball coach is now in his 70s or maybe his gray hair fooling me compared to some of our bootleg Coaches that doesn’t have any successful coaching resume but because they played professional football in the real professional leagues abroad they feel that they are entitled to coach our national teams and continues loosing they all need to start from the bottom and coach pro , schools and even minor league teams and prove themselves but instead they want to start from the top and when they continue failing then they will start from the bottom, no wonder why they will never make it in the real professional leagues or countries abroad as the real professional coaches and I am not talking about coaching other Caribbean teams because most times when they realize that they doesn’t have a clue they always get their throats buss eh Them really good yes

    • And the is now the coach of the Cavaliers Basketball professional team Mark Molino maybe you missed that part Them really good yes

  13. And our Soca Warriors will still continue loosing unless we finally hire the real professional coaches with real coaching resumes the same like this Coach in my second sweetest country Them really good yes