Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 10th 2015 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 10, 2015
United States-based forward
Cordell Cato is enjoying the best
stint of his career and at age 23 he
still has a whole deal to look for-
The San Jose Earthquakes player
was a first team starter for T&T at
the Concacaf Gold Cup in July,
scoring against Guatemala and he
was also involved in T&T s 3-3
draw with Mexico in Utah last Fri-
Cato said the belief in him from
head coach Stephen Hart has
helped pave a way for his interna-
"I mean it s been fun coming into
the national team and being able
to start after watching on for a
while under the different coaches
like (Jamal) Shabazz and they. Hart
really believes in young players and
it definitely helps us. The interna-
tional stage is a lot higher than the
club level. The level of everything
intensity, quality of play, you always
take that back to the club and it s
been working so far I ve been getting
a bit more goals in recent games.
Everything has just been working
out lately for me," Cato said.
Cato, who did not play a season
in the T&T Pro League before mak-
ing the jump to Seattle Sounders,
was previously a member of San
Juan Jabloteh and Defence Force.
He was also part of the T&T Under-
20 team during the 2011 Concacaf
U-20 World Cup qualifying cam-
His advice to upcoming players
is to be in tune with the game and
to keep themselves ready for when
opportunity comes knocking.
"It s a little bit difficult at first
but the most important thing is
being prepared for that one oppor-
tunity when it comes," said Cato.
"Everybody is so into school
football which is good but again
you have to see yourself playing in
the European Leagues and all the
other leagues and prepare yourself
for that so you re ready when you
go out there.
"So much of our countrymen go
out and they come back. You just
have to go out and show the team
what they exactly want. And as long
as you figure out that then trials
become easier. As a striker, you go
on a trial you have to go and score
goals and as a defender you have to
do the opposite.
"As Trinidadians you know we re
laid out well like myself, I am laid
back, You jut have to do the extra
work, not just training with the
team, but do the extra work, either
on the beach or whatever it takes
to make it out and then everything
can fall into place because then you
have things going for you whether
it be the coaches or the right facil-
ities to build you game which has
proven well in my case.
"My game has jumped a lot in
the couple years . I will say to any
player trying to go on my path it s
not a problem not playing in the
T&T League, you can skip past it
but you just have to be ready."
Hart tells players to
stay ready for int'l
National head coach Stephen Hart
is urging the national team players
that are based at home, playing in
the T&T Pro League to step up their
game if they intend to be part of his
squad for the 2018 World Cup qual-
Hart was speaking as the final fix-
tures for the Concacaf Semi-final
round were confirmed following
Tuesday s round of matches. T&T
will meet Guatemala in Guatemala
City on November 13 before hosting
the United States four days later in
Hart included the likes of Neveal
Hackshaw and Marcus Joseph
among the new additions for the
recent 3-3 draw with Mexico. Those
players were not part of the Gold
Cup squad while Keron Cummings
and Willis Plaza have been holding
their positions. Hart said the door
has not been closed on any player.
"Those are going back to the Pro
League have to set the standard. they
are national team players and they
must show that and be ready for
international football at any time.
And those that are going back to
their clubs have to find their way
on the first squad and get playing
because being match fit is going to
be essential in this campaign," Hart
Joevin : It was my
Chicago Fire Joevin Jones says he
knew from the moment the free kick
was awarded during the second half
of the recent international friendly
with Mexico that it was his for the
The former W Connection man
struck a left footer which flew into
the right corner of the net to put T&T
3-2 ahead in another exhilarating con-
test with "El Tri" last Friday at the
Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City.
That was his second goal for T&T in
"Once the referee blew for the foul
and I saw where it was I knew that
was my range. I ve scored those before.
The momentum was there. We were
having a good game and it just felt
perfect at the time," Jones said.
"Evidently, the execution was per-
fect and it put T&T back into the
lead before the Mexicans rallied to
grab a late equaliser.
"It was disappointing not to hold
on for the win but the good thing
is we never cracked during the game.
Even when they came back to level
it we kept our heads and we kept
playing which is the way these games
are helping us. We have a bit of work
to do still for the qualifiers but I m
feeling good at the moment about
where the team is heading."
Shaun Fuentes is the director of
communications for the TTFA.
Cato's on top of his game
Cordell Cato in action
at the Concacaf Gold
Cup in July.
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