Hart names 22 to face New Zealand
Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart has finalised his 22-man squad for next Tuesday’s friendly international against New Zealand at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
The squad, which will be captained by Stoke City forward Kenwyne Jones, includes two newcomers in San Jose Earthquakes forward Cordell Cato and Central FC’s Rundell Winchester and also sees the return of midfielder Hughtun Hector.
Also in the squad from recent matches in Saudi Arabia and the CONCACAF Gold Cup are Racing Genk midfielder Khaleem Hyland, Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte, Slovak-based winger Lester Peltier, Kevin Molino, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Carlyle Mitchell, Notts County midfielder Andre Boucaud, Willis Plaza and defender Radanfah Abu Bakr.
The two goalkeepers selected are Central FC’s Jan Michael Williams and Point Fortin Civic Centre’s Marvin Phillips while Caledonia AIA midfielder Densill Theobald, Columbus Crew midfielder Kevan George, Marcus Joseph of PFCC, defender Aubrey David of Caledonia, Curtis Gonzales of Defence Force and W Connection’s Mekeil Williams complete the roster for T&T’s first ever clash with the “All Whites”, who were unbeaten in the 2010 World Cup finals, earning draws with Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia.
“The objective of the squad is to continue with experimentation but of course you always have to have a balanced squad,” Hart told TTFA Media yesterday as he looks ahead to the first training session tomorrow at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima.
“Playing at home is an exciting prospect for all the players. A number of them have recounted to me when last they played at home so you can feel that sense of excitement. And it’s a chance to play against New Zealand who are in very strong preparations and all things being said it’s a good opportunity for us.”
Commenting on the selection of Winchester and Cato, Hart added: “I think Cato, Winchester, Hector they can all bring something different offensively and it will be interesting to work into the training and see exactly how they fit in. They are three different type of players so it’s a matter of how quickly they could develop the relationship with the midfield and other attackers and to see how they carry themselves off the field and in game situations.”
Molino is currently back home, as well as Hector, and will be with the squad from tomorrow, while some of the European-based players are scheduled to arrive by Friday.
T&T Squad (clubs, caps, goals)
Jan Michael Williams (Central FC - 54)
Marvin Phillips (Point Fortin Civic Centre -42)
Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps -21)
Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough - 6)
Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA -14, 1)
Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force -11)
Sheldon Bateau ( KV Mechelen - 3)
Mekeil Williams (W Connection -1)
Radanfah Abu Bakr (FC Voztok -14, 1)
Kevan George (Columbus Crew - 2)
Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA - 96, 2)
Hughtun Hector (Song Lam Nghe -27, 7)
Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk -38, 3)
Kevin Molino (Orlando City -21, 4)
Andre Boucaud (Notts County -12, 1)
Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic Centre - 4)
Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava -19, 5)
Ataulla Guerra (Rovaniemen Palloseura - 24, 2)
Willis Plaza (unattached - 9, 5)
Cordell Cato ( San Jose Earthquakes - 0)
Rundell Winchester (Central FC - 0)
Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City - 58, 12)