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Cordell Cato recalled for Soca Warriors duty. Lawrence: Door was never closed on the US-based winger

​Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Team footballers during a training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training field in Port-of-Spain on August 17, 2017.

Cordell Cato has been recalled to the Trinidad and Tobago national team by head coach Dennis Lawrence for the upcoming Caribbean derby against Jamaica in an international friendly, which falls within the Soca Warriors’ preparations for the resumption of crucial FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying fixtures.

Trinidad and Tobago will take on Jamaica, fresh from their 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up finish behind USA, from 8pm on August 24 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, and Lawrence has called a 23-man provisional training squad inclusive of three overseas-based players—winger Cato (San Jose Earthquakes / USA) and defenders Mikeil Williams (Colorado Rapids / USA) and Aubrey David (PS Kemi / Finland).

“The idea is to prepare for the Jamaica game, which is leading up to the Honduras (World Cup qualifier), which is the most important thing,” Lawrence told the TTFA media on Thursday prior to a training session in Port-of-Spain.

“I think the Jamaica game will be a fantastic test for the boys because Jamaica did really well in the Gold Cup,” added the T&T coach.

“They (Jamaica) will come here on a high and we are looking forward to the game. It is going to be good for the local players. We have managed to acquire the services of a couple of the foreign players and the main reason for that is the fact that they have not been playing for their clubs, so it is important that we try and give them some match time before the Honduras game. I think we have three players confirmed – Cordell Cato, Mekeil Williams and Aubrey David.”

Trinidad and Tobago, currently bottom of the CONCACAF Final Round of World Cup 2018 Russia qualifying, have four remaining games in the Hex: Honduras (at home on Sep. 1), Panama (away on Sep. 5), Mexico (away on Oct. 6) and USA (at home Oct. 10).

CONCACAF Final Round (Hexagonal) FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

#

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

1

Mexico

6

4

2

0

9

2

7

14

2

Costa Rica

6

3

2

1

9

4

5

11

3

United States

6

2

2

2

11

8

3

8

4

Panama

6

1

4

1

4

4

0

7

5

Honduras

6

1

2

3

6

14

-8

5

6

Trinidad & Tobago

6

1

0

5

3

10

-7

3


Cato had missed Trinidad and Tobago’s last two World Cup qualifying losses against USA (2-0) and Costa Rica (1-0) on June 9 and 13 respectively for “disciplinary reasons”. It was reported that the 25-year-old Cato had arrived at the national team’s training camp in Colorado ahead of the USA clash with his wife and child and asked Lawrence if his family could stay with him at the team hotel or at another hotel—something against the coach’s rule.

Lawrence, on Thursday, cleared that the door was never closed on the San Jose Earthquakes winger.

“Cordell phoned me and we had a conversation,” Lawrence explained. “Cordell understands the situation of what is expected of him. I think what happened is behind us now. The door was never closed on him. We had a good conversation and he will be here as part of the group and he is going to try and achieve what we want to.

“Everyone knows that between Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica (it’s a big rivalry—a Caribbean derby). The idea is to integrate the young boys as quick as possible. They have all been doing very well in the training and the idea is to give them some game time as quick as possible,” said Lawrence who resumed national training last Monday.

San Juan Jabloteh forward Julio Noel is a new call-up while W Connection’s Marcus Joseph has returned to the national with goalkeepers Marvin Phillip, Andre Marchan and Adrian Foncette; defenders Maurice Ford, Curtis Gonzales, Tristan Hodge, Alvin Jones and Jared London.

Hughtun Hector, Nathan Lewis, Tyrone Charles, Hashim Arcia and Rundell Winchester are also part of the provisional training squad to face Jamaica along with young defensive options Taryk Sampson and Shane Sandy and midfielder Isaiah Hudson, Nathaniel Garcia and Neil Benjamin.

Trinidad and Tobago provisional squad for Jamaica international friendly on August 24, 2017

Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic), Andre Marchan (Defence Force FC) and Adrian Foncette (Police FC);

Defenders: Maurice Ford (W Connection), Taryk Sampson (Central FC), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force FC), Tristan Hodge (W Connection), Alvin Jones (W Connection), Jared London (Club Sando), Shane Sandy (St. Ann’s Rangers), Aubrey David (PS Kemi) and Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids); 

Midfielders: Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Isaiah Hudson (W Connection), Nathaniel Garcia (Central FC), Neil Benjamin Jr. (W Connection), Tyrone Charles (Club Sando), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force FC) and Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes);

Forwards: Rundell Winchester (North East Stars), Marcus Joseph (W Connection) and Julio Noel (San Juan Jabloteh).

CONCACAF Final Round (Hexagonal) World Cup 2018 qualifying results and upcoming fixtures
November 11, 2016
Honduras 0 vs Panama 1
Trinidad & Tobago 0 vs Costa Rica 2
USA 1 vs Mexico 2

November 15, 2016
Honduras 3 vs Trinidad & Tobago 1
Costa Rica 4 vs USA 0
Panama 0 vs Mexico 0

March 24, 2017
Trinidad & Tobago 1 vs Panama 0
Mexico 2 vs Costa Rica 0
USA 6 vs Honduras 0

March 28, 2017
Honduras 1 vs Costa Rica 1
Trinidad & Tobago 0 vs Mexico 1
Panama 1 vs USA 1

June 9, 2017
USA 2 vs Trinidad & Tobago 0, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado
Costa Rica 0 vs Panama 0, at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose
Mexico 3 vs Honduras 0, Estadio Azteca

June 11, 2017
Mexico 1 vs USA 1, Estadio Azteca

June 13, 2017
Panama 2 vs Honduras 2, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Costa Rica 2 vs Trinidad & Tobago 1, at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose

Upcoming qualifiers
September 1, 2017
USA vs Costa Rica, at Red Bull Arena, Harrison
Mexico vs Panama, at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Trinidad & Tobago vs Honduras, at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain

September 5, 2017
Honduras vs USA, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula
Panama vs Trinidad & Tobago, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Costa Rica vs Mexico,at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose

October 6, 2017
USA vs Panama, venue TBD
Costa Rica vs Honduras, at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose
Mexico vs Trinidad & Tobago, venue TBD

October 10, 2017
Trinidad & Tobago
 vs USA, at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Panama vs Costa Rica, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Honduras vs Mexico, at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula