Striker Devorn Jorsling gave up his chance of playing in the CONCACAF Champions’ League this season when he returned to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force in July, but not the dream.
During a recently concluded 6-month (January-June) stint with his home-town club Caledonia AIA, Jorsling helped the Morvant-Laventille based TT Pro League outfit to the domestic Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and FA Trophy titles, a third place finish in the Digicel Pro League—two points shy of winner W Connection, the Caribbean Football Union Club Champions title and berth into the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions’ League.
However the 28 year old faced a dilemma—either extend his stay with Caledonia on a permanent deal and fulfill his dream of playing in the CONCACAF Champions’ League, or return to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force after a two-year sabbatical.
The choice was inevitable, Jorsling returned to the Tetron base and was on the training pitch with Defence Force football team by mid July for pre-season preparations, while Caledonia was in full preparation for its CCL Group 4 home and away series against MLS club Seattle Sounders and Honduran club CD Marathon.
Jorsling explained in a previous interview with www.ttproleague.com that his choice to return to the Defence Force was a career choice.
“I think you have to look at life after football and that was one of the main reasons in me returning to the Defence Force.,” he said Jorsling.
“You can only play football for some years and Defence Force gives you the opportunity to have a life after football. So that was one of the main reasons returning to Defence Force.”
He added, “Obviously [I would have regrets] as player because I want to play in the CONCACAF Champions' League, but in saying that, I have a wife(Kesi) and two kids (11 year old Desire and 4 year old Destiny).”
But Jorsling’s dream of playing in the CCL remains alive and clutched very close to his heart.
The 2010-2011 TT Pro League golden-boot winner explained, “My goals this season is to be the top goal scorer in the league and winning the Digicel Pro League, because then I’d participate in the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) and further, the CONCACAF. The last time we reached the CFU level, we didn't make the next phase (CCL), so before my playing days are over I want to play in the CONCACAF Champions' League.”
Based on the order of teams progressing in next season’s 2013 CFU Club Championship—also the qualifying tournament for the CCL. Digicel Pro League 2011-2012 winner W Connection and runner-up T&TEC FC will represent Trinidad and Tobago. This means that if Jorsling accomplishes his dream of lifting the 2012-2013 League title or finish second, then his current team Defence Force FC will qualify for the 2014 CFU Club Championship with a shot at the 2014-2015 CCL.
In 2011 Defence Force qualified for the CFU Club Championship after winning the Digicel Pro League, but entered the Caribbean tournament without its ace striker, Jorsling, who at the time joined United Soccer Leagues (USL) Pro Division club Orlando City on a one year deal. Defence Force reached the CFU semi-final round against Haiti’s Tempête FC finishing 2-4 on penalties following a goalless draw. The soldiers then met Guyana’s Alpha United in the third place play-off and again fell to penalties, this time 3-4 following a 1-1 draw.