Andre Bocaud (red jersey) was named to Trinidad & Tobago's roster for three May 2016 friendlies. (Photo: Caribbean Action Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- Trinidad & Tobago announced Friday that 25 players have been chosen for a trio of upcoming friendlies.
The Soca Warriors will first travel to South America for encounters against Peru (May 23) and Uruguay (May 27), before facing host China (June 3).
Central FC, which recently qualified for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League by repeating as champion of the Caribbean Club Championship, is well represented. Four Sharks were tabbed, including midfielder Marcus Joseph, who scored the first goal in a 3-0 win over fellow Trinidadian side DirecTV W Connection in the final.
Five players from W Connection – which also earned a SCCL berth -- merited selection.
“The consideration for selection was a bit difficult mainly because the first two games do not fall on a FIFA Date, so what I have decided to do was to go with a number of players that have looked well in the Pro League and try to mix them with players that have been utilized in the World Cup qualification,” said head coach Stephen Hart. “It was a difficult decision because you want to put your best foot forward in those games but unfortunately because it is outside of a FIFA window a number of players were not available to us.“
Missing the tour due to club commitments will be captain Kenwyne Jones (Al Jazira/UAE), Kevin Molino (Orlando City SC/USA), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders/USA), Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues/USA), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids/USA) and Sheldon Bateau (Krylia Sovetov Samara/Russia).
Trinidad & Tobago currently tops the Group C table in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with 10 points, three ahead of the second-place United States.
GOALKEEPERS: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Glenroy Samuel (North East Stars)
DEFENDERS: Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge/Denmark), Daneil Cyrus (DirecTV W Connection), Aubrey David (Saprissa), Andre Etienne (Central FC), Tristan Hodge (DirecTV W Connection), Justin Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge/England), Weslie John (UES/El Salvador), Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos/Mexico), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land/Korea Republic)
MIDFIELDERS: Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean De Silva (Central FC), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Hughtun Hector (DirecTV W Connection), Khaleem Hyland (KVC Westerlo/Belgium), Marcus Joseph (Central FC), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Leston Paul (Central FC), Jomal Williams (DirecTV W Connection)
FORWARDS: Makesi Lewis (Police FC), Willis Plaza (Alianza/El Salvador), Shahdon Winchester (DirecTV W Connection)