Woodley, Dantaye in Warriors WCQ team; Eve names 25-man squad

Veteran Morvant Caledonia United forward Kevon “Showtime” Woodley could make his competitive debut for the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team next week as the 37-year-old Morvant Caledonia United forward was named in coach Angus Eve’s 25-man squad to face Grenada and The Bahamas.

Woodley, a former Beach Soccer forward, scored twice in his first two appearances for the Soca Warriors in friendlies against Guyana last month. And Eve will keep the powerful attacker as an option for Trinidad and Tobago’s opening 2026 World Cup qualifying matches.

Trinidad and Tobago forward Kevon Woodley (centre) tries to burst clear of Guyana defenders Kevin Layne (right) and Nicholai Andrews during international friendly action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 May 2024.
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Eve also selected two overseas-based debutantes in his squad as Netherlands-based midfielder Dantaye Gilbert and Canada-born midfielder Steffen Yeates.

Yeates, up until earlier this week, did not have a Trinidad and Tobago passport. However, Eve said he was happy to have Yeates in his training squad, even if his documentation does not come through in time.

AEK Athens attacker Levi Garcia is in the squad and expected to lead the Trinidad and Tobago offence, while captain and defender Aubrey David, midfielder Andre Rampersad and flanker Reon Moore retain their spots.

There were returns too for Canada-based attackers Malcolm Shaw and Ryan Telfer, who both missed Trinidad and Tobago’s Copa America Playoff loss to Canada.

Trinidad and Tobago attacker Ryan Telfer (left) peels away from Curacao defensive midfielder Godfried Roemeratoe during Concacaf Nations League A action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 7 September 2023.
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Eve omitted veteran Belgium-based defender Sheldon Bateau from his final squad though, while he also found no space for Police FC goalkeeper Adrian Foncette and defender Robert Primus, and combative Defence Force midfielder Kevon Goddard.

Attacker Tyrese Spicer is also not included after his employers, Toronto FC, urged the player to remain in Canada for rehabilitation on a niggling injury—although the former St Augustine Secondary and St Mary’s College flanker continues to play in the MLS.

Eve has never lost a competitive match at home, with five wins—including a Nations League triumph against the United States—and a draw against Nicaragua at Bacolet.

Trinidad and Tobago host Grenada at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Wednesday 5 June.

Nineteen-year-old Jong PSV midfielder Dantaye Gilbert (right) holds off a FC Groningen opponent during Netherlands second division action.
(via PSV)

(Trinidad and Tobago squad)

Goalkeepers: Denzil Smith (Club Sando), Aaron Enill (Prison FC), Christopher Biggette (Defence Force),

Defenders: Aubrey David (CS Cartagines—Costa Rica), Alvin Jones (Miscellaneous Police FC), Justin Garcia (Defence Force), Josiah Trimmingham (Montego Bay Utd—Jamaica), Shannon Gomez (San Antonio FC—USA), Andre Raymond (unattached), Triston Hodge (Hartford Athletic—USA),

Midfielders: Michel Poon-Angeron, Duane Muckette (both AC Port of Spain), Andre Rampersad (HFX Wanderers—Canada), Noah Powder (Northern Colorado Hailstorm—USA), Dantaye Gilbert (Jong PSV—Netherlands), Steffen Yeates (Pacific FC—Canada), Daniel Phillips (St Johnstone FC—Scotland), Ajani Fortune (Atlanta United—USA),

Attackers: Nathaniel James (Mount Pleasant FC—Jamaica), Real Gill (Northern Colorado Hailstorm—USA), Reon Moore (Pacific FC—Canada), Malcolm Shaw (Cavalry FC—Canada), Levi Garcia (AEK Athens—Greece), Kevon Woodley (Morvant Caledonia Utd), Ryan Telfer (HFX Wanderers—Canada).

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