Trinidad and Tobago and North East Stars central defender Kareem Moses is set to pick up a one-year contract with North American Soccer League (NASL) club FC Edmonton for the 2014 season.
“He (Moses) has signed for one year,” confirmed Stars head coach Angus Eve. “And once they (Edmonton) like what they see in the season, they would sign him further.”
The NASL is the second tier in US soccer behind Major League Soccer (MLS) and in front of the United Soccer League Professional Division (USL Pro). FC Edmonton are only heading into their fourth season of professional football when the season kicks off in April.
Moses, 23, will jet off to Canada in early February.
“It is every player’s dream to play abroad … to see other places and make your family proud. So I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s a great step coming from the Pro League and going to the next level, which will help me develop my skills and level of thinking towards reaching the highest level of the game. That’s most important to me, and I’m also hoping that his move might even help me get a recall to the national team, being an international (based) player.”
Moses, who represented T&T at youth and Under-23 levels before making his senior team debut in 2012, played his last North East Stars match in December and will not be used this month, as Eve prepares to do without the defender.
However Moses has been training regularly with the Sangre Grande club and will continue doing so until his move in February.
Moses has also received a bit of guidance from T&T centre back Carlyle Mitchell, who served Edmonton on loan from MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2013.
“He (Mitchell) told me a bit on how the team trains and what the coaches there would like,” said Moses.
“He told me a bit about the players and the system of play. He also talked about the cold weather conditions. He said it is going to be tough at the start, but once I have the right mindset, it will be comfortable after a while.”
Eve added: “We are hoping that once he plays in that league (NASL) and get that sort of exposure; teams in the MLS would look at him and hopefully want to sign him.”