Eve’s 60-man Gold Cup long-list: Molino, Benny and Griffith III are in, Primus, Orr and Paul are not

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Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team interim head coach Angus Eve will select his 23-man pool for next month’s Concacaf Gold Cup playoff test from a bumper 60-man provisional squad, which was published today by Concacaf.

Wired868 understands the provisional squad was selected on Monday 14 June, which was 24 hours after the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee appointed Eve as successor to Englishman Terry Fenwick.

Photo: Naparima College coach Angus Eve will steer the Soca Warriors through their 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup campaign.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

It appeared to be the largest possible number permitted by Concacaf with various nations going for wildly different squad sizes at this stage. The Bahamas and Cuba named just 24 players each, while Montserrat’s provisional squad had 30 names and Barbados, French Guiana and Guyana had 46, 50 and 59 respectively.

Eve has until 28 June to announce his final 23-man squad, which must come from his current long-list. At this stage, it is uncertain whether the Soca Warriors coach plans to meet all 60 players or is just keeping his options open.

The Trinidad and Tobago provisional squad includes Columbus Crew (USA) attacker Kevin Molino, teenagers Molik Khan, Nathaniel James and Gary Griffith III, the National Futsal Team quartet of Che Benny, Keston George, Adrian Welch and Jameel Neptune, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USA) defender Mekeil Williams.

However, defender Robert Primus and attackers Daniel Carr, Nickel Orr, Brent Sam and Willis Plaza missed out, despite being involved in Trinidad and Tobago’s unsuccessful 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign under Fenwick.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago internationals Sheldon Bateau (left) and Kevin Molino pose after battle for St Ann’s and Carenage respectively in community charity match, Love & Football in 2018.
Both players are in Angus Eve’s 60-man provisional squad
(via Sheldon Bateau)

There was no recall either for 31-year-old Memphis 901 midfielder Leston Paul who featured in the 2019 Gold Cup under then coach Dennis Lawrence.

Trinidad and Tobago play Montserrat in their first playoff on 2 July at the Drv Pnk Stadium in Fort Lauderdale and, if they win, they will then square off against either Cuba or French Guiana for a spot in the Gold Cup group stage.

Eve’s full 60-man provisional squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Aaron Enill (Defence Force), Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Nicklas Frenderup (Ranheim Il—Denmark), Marvin Phillip (Unattached), Gregory Ranjitsingh (Philadelphia Union—USA), Denzil Smith (W Connection);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Adrian Foncette makes a save before kick off against St Kitts and Nevis on 8 June 2021.
Foncette kept two clean sheets during T&T’s unsuccessful campaign.
(via TTFA Media)

Defenders: Radanfah Abu Bakr (Unattached), Leland Archer (Charleston Battery—USA), Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen—Belgium), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica), Justin Garcia (Defence Force), Keston George (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Shannon Gomez (Sacramento Republic FC—USA), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven—USA), Triston Hodge (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC—USA), Darnell Hospedales (Point Fortin Civic), Alvin Jones (Unattached), Keston Julien (FC Sheriff Tiraspol—Moldova), Jameel Neptune (Central FC), Jelani Peters (Pittsburgh Riverhounds—USA), Noah Powder (Real Salt Lake—USA), Ross Russell Jr (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Jesse Williams (Unattached), Mekeil Williams (Pittsburgh Riverhounds—USA);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Neveal Hackshaw (left) brushes aside St Kitts and Nevis playmaker Romaine Sawyers during 2022 World Cup action on 8 June 2021.
(via TTFA Media)

Midfielders: Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Jamal Creighton (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Andre Fortune II (Memphis 901 FC—USA), Kevon Goddard (Defence Force), Khaleem Hyland (Al Batin—Saudi Arabia), Molik Khan (Club Sando FC), Aaron Lester (Defence Force), Duane Muckette (Unattached), Daniel Phillips (Watford FC—England), Michel Poon-Angeron (Unattached), Andre Rampersad (HFX Wanderers FC—Canada), Justin Sadoo (Point Fortin Civic), Matthew Woo Ling (Miami United FC—USA);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Duane Muckette drives home his first senior international goal during World cup qualifying action against St Kitts and Nevis at Santo Domingo on 8 June 2021.
(via TTFA Media)

Forwards: Aikim Andrews (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Che Benny (Central FC), Sean Bonval (Central FC), Jelani Felix (Defence Force), Akeem Garcia (HFX Wanderers FC—Canada), Judah Garcia (Unattached), Levi Garcia (AEK Athens FC—Greece), Gary Griffith III (Unattached), Isaiah Hudson (W Connection), Nathaniel James (Unattached), Joevin Jones (InterMiami CF—USA), Marcus Joseph (Unattached), Shaqkeem Joseph (FC Maia Lidador—Portugal), Dylon King (Defence Force), Isaiah Lee (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Jabari Mitchell (Police FC), Kevin Molino (Columbus Crew—USA), Reon Moore (Defence Force), John-Paul Rochford (Unattached), Ryan Telfer (Atletico Ottawa—Canada), Adrian Welch (Defence Force), Jomal Williams (CD Luis Angel Firpo—El Salvador).


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