Former Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson looks set to return to competitive international football, after she was named in head coach James Thomas’ 20-member training squad today.
Attin-Johnson, who is based in the United States, was one of the Women Soca Warriors’ most recognisable faces in their Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign—when the twin island republic finished fourth in Concacaf but were denied a World Cup place by Ecuador in a two-legged Fifa play-off.
The deep-lying midfield playmaker captained Trinidad and Tobago again in the qualifying series for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. However, Attin-Johnson has not represented her country since, as she fell-out with Italian head coach Carolina Morace, turned down a call-up by Morace’s predecessor Jamaal Shabazz, and then was not invited by Anton Corneal, Shawn Cooper or Stephan De Four.
Last year, Attin-Johnson served as manager to Women’s National Under-20 Team under head coach Richard Hood which finished as Concacaf quarterfinalists.
Five years since her last competitive international game, the 35-year-old maestro is back in the national senior fold under current Welsh head coach, Thomas.
Trinidad and Tobago play Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands in Group F, with matches in November 2021 and April 2022. Only the group winner will advance to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship.
Attin-Johnson was one of five players from the Trinidad and Tobago team that faced Ecuador on 2 December 2014 who were named in Thomas’ first squad to enter a residential camp. The others were goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, defenders Lauryn Hutchinson and Rhea Belgrave and utility player Karyn Forbes.
Gifted teenaged forward Afiyah Cornwall, attacker Aaliyah Prince and midfielder Aaliyah Pascall, who were Concacaf quarterfinalists at the 2020 Under-20 Women’s Championship, are also included in Thomas’ shortlist.
The full 20-member training squad comprises:
Kimika Forbes, Tenesha Palmer, Malaika Dedier, Collette Morgan, Rhea Belgrave, Naomi Guerra, Jasandra Joseph, Karyn Forbes, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Lauryn Hutchinson, Maya Matouk, Aaliyah Prince, Laurelle Theodore, Aaliyah Pascall, Afiyah Cornwall, Summer Arjoon, Sharain Cummings, Tisanne Leander, Anya De Courcy, and Brittany Mahabir.