Head coach Ruben Flores (pictured) will guide the Cayman Islands women's national team in in the first round of the CFU Women's Caribbean Cup, May 23-27, 2014, in the Cayman Islands.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - While advancing past the first round of the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Women's Caribbean Cup is the main objective, Ruben Flores – the newly appointed head coach of the Cayman Islands women's national team -- is using the international outing as an opportunity to assess his side.
Cayman opens Group 3 play in Turks & Caicos on Friday against St. Kitts & Nevis, before facing Bermuda (May 25) and the host (May 27). While Flores, who has coached previously in his native Mexico and Canada, embraces winning as the first priority, development is a close second.
"This tournament is a milestone for female football in the Caribbean and a tangible way to judge development and success,” Flores told CONCACAF.com. “We are trying to compete and give the new generations a good reputation as a country and an outlet for a brighter future."
With an eye on that future, ten players that competed for the host Cayman Islands in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship were selected for the competition, which is a qualifier for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship (the final round of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup). Those squad members join experienced international Shenel Gall -- the first Caymanian woman to play professionally overseas -- and Shanice Monteith, a sophomore midfielder at the University of West Florida.
“This tournament is a good measurement for some countries like ours to reinforce the work that has been done to develop female athletes,” expressed Flores. “It gives also the opportunity to showcase the local talent and to strive for something for the younger athletes."
CAYMAN ISLANDS WOMEN’S ROSTER
(Caribbean Football Union Women's Caribbean Cup, First Round: May 23-27, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Courtisha Ebanks, Jovani Hessing, Kristina Seymour,
DEFENDERS: Sophia Dilbert, Deondra Kelly, Tyra McField, Brittany Mobley, Amanda Nelson
MIDFIELDERS: Janel Ebanks, Jessica Ebanks, Kaela Ebanks, Neesah Godet, Shanice Monteith, Lauren Scott, Ariella Smith, Nicole Whittaker
FORWARDS: Shanai Allen, Shanelle Frederick, Shenel Gall