Trinidad and Tobago forward Kennya Cordner is ready to wear the national shirt with pride again after being named in the Senior National Women’s Team squad for the two upcoming international friendlies with World champions United States next month.
Cordner, a valuable member of the team that came to within a whisker of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will join her teammates for the first friendly in Hawaii on December 6th and the second outing in Texas on December 10th.
The full squad selected by head coach Randy Waldrum will be announced on Sunday (today).
In an immediate reaction to the recall, Cordner said “To be back on the squad to help out and do what I do best which is scoring goals is a good feeling. I know due to certain situation I couldn’t be on the squad for the CFU (Olympic qualifiers) but I’m still the same old ‘Yaya Monsta,’” she told TTFA Media on Saturday night.
“This game against the US is going to be my returning game after being hurt in July so I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can get a good result .”
Giving her feelings on the two matches against the 2015 world champions which T&T lost 1-0 to in the CONCACAF Final round in 201,5, Cordner said it would be a big boost but she expects it to be very challenging for T&T.
“It’s good for the national team to finally get two international game leading up to the Olympics qualifiers in February. It’s going to be a tough one because the US have been playing since July and we just started back two months ago. These two games will give us an indication of how much work we would need to put in before the Olympic qualifiers in February.”
Waldrum who was in Trinidad recently, will team up with fellow staff members Sharon O’Brien (Manager), Ben Waldrum (Assistant Coach), Anthony Creece (Assistant Coach), Benyam Astorga (Trainer), Claire George (Kit manager), Clayton Ince (Goalkeeper coach) and Michael Taylor (Physio).
The first of the two friendlies which is part of the US Victory tour, will be played Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET and will be aired on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO).The Second match in Texas will kick off at 8 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.