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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 7, 2016
T&T s trio of Cordell Cato, Joevin Jones
and Kevan George are among four players
in the American MLS, called up to contest
the Copa America Centenario playoffs
tomorrow in Panama City.
Panama have called up San Jose Earth-
quake s Anabel Godoy while T&T s Yohance
Marshall, Daneil Cyrus and Carlyle Mitchell
have all played for MLS teams in the past.
Panama s Blas Perez and Jamie Penedo have
also played in the MLS.
According to Jones, the MLS is producing
good all-round players who continue to play on the
"It s good for the league which is growing each sea-
son. For players like myself and Cordell (Cato), it s
quite exciting to be playing on the international stage
with our national teams and having the chance to get
into a tournament like the Copa America where we
could compete against some of the best teams and
best players in the world today.
"I think the league provides a good platform for
players to get a break and improve their game and
have the opportunity to move onto bigger things."
Looking back at his season for Chicago Fire, Jones
added: "We had a decent season but the ambition is
to win. We ve got a decent bunch of players and I
think we ll be looking to improve next season. The
team is always looking to improve and the challenge
of helping them finish better next season is one I think
all the players are looking forward to."
Plaza has faith in teammates
Central FC forward Willis Plaza is not certain whether
he will follow Friday s match between Trinidad and
Tobago and Haiti online on one of the available live
streams. But one thing s for sure, he will be saying
some extra prayers for his teammates before kick off.
Plaza was ruled out of the contest with a dislocated
shoulder while on duty with his club and is expected
to be sidelined for at least another month. The former
Jabloteh player was the lone scorer early in the first
half the last time the two countries met in a closed-
door encounter in Fort Lauderdale prior to the Concacaf
"I am sad that I will not be able to play but once
the coach and the doctor spoke to me I knew I would
have to miss the game," Plaza said.
"I feel this game will be harder but the boys have
the qualities to pull off the win. I know they will be
positive. The chance to play in the Copa America is
like a once in a lifetime opportunity," Plaza said.
Winchester looks to grab opportunity
Shahdon Winchester has been in solid form for
DirecTV W Connection this season and now he s look-
ing to make a strong impression and hopefully a lasting
one on the national team.
The former Naparima College forward has been in
and around the national team for the past five years
after first making his debut under Russell Latapy in
2010. But he is yet to cement his spot after being part
of the 2014 Caribbean Cup squad which finished run-
ners up to Jamaica.
"It s been a good training camp. We ve been working
hard. Everyone knows what is at stake so we are
pushing each other," Winchester said.
The former Finnish-based professional added: "The
competition for places on the team has been tough
and that s good because it means everyone has to be
on top of their game. The team has been doing quite
well and we want to keep the momentum going into
the World Cup qualifiers and hopefully the Copa
America as well.
"My aim is to work hard and do the right things
to break into the team. I know everyone wants to do
what is best for the team. There is a strong belief
among the players and for me it s an honour to be
part of this squad," Winchester added.
Jomal sees big chance
For the second time in just about a year, Jomal
Williams has earned selection
on the national team by head
coach Stephen Hart. He made
his debut in an international
friendly versus Panama last
March and now he s in the squad
for tomorrow s Copa America
qualifier versus Haiti in Panama
The 22-year DirecTV W Con-
nection midfielder knows that
the opportunity is one he must
grab with both arms and feet.
"This is big opportunity and it s something
I ve been waiting on and one that I worked
hard for," Williams said.
"I would say to other players like myself
who are hoping to make their debut for the
national team, to keep working hard and
believing. You have to stay focused and always
tell yourself something good will come. It s
easy to lose hope but it s important to keep
The former T&T Under 23 player added
that the training camp in Trinidad over the
past few days has been allowed him to learn
more about Hart as a coach and to understand
the team s approach to playing.
"It s been intense but the sessions have
been quite good and I ve been learning every-
day. There are players in the team with a lot
of experience and they are having a good
run and I m quite pleased to be part of it
right now. Hopefully I can do enough to stay
in the squad and be part of the set up for
the World Cup qualifiers," he added.
Jones, Cato headline players in Copa playoffs
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