Lawrence announces three new additions to squad for Nations League Qualifier

Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s head coach Dennis Lawrence today announced the inclusion of three overseas-based players in this country’s squad for Friday’s CONCACAF Nation’s League Qualifier away to Martinique.

Lawrence has secured the services of Canadian-based forward Ryan Telfer who now campaigns for York 9 Fc, on loan from Toronto FC, Andre Fortune, a midfielder with North Carolina FC in the USL and English-based striker Daniel Carr.

Fortune has represented T&T at the Under 20 and Under 17 levels, playing alongside Levi Garcia in the Red, white and black. He has won two “Player of the Week” awards this season in the USL. Telfer and Carr received the relevant international clearance to play for T&T on Monday morning. Telfer has  scored four league goals (along with two in the Canadian Championship, including one against Montreal), has consistently looked dangerous, and even bagged an assist when he made a three-minute substitute appearance for his parent club, Toronto FC.

Carr made 34 appearances for Irish club Shamrock Rovers last season and spent two years at Reading FC during his youth career.  He has also appeared for the likes of Aldershot Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Huddersfield Town and Swedish club Karlstad BK.

All three players traveled with the group to St Lucia on Monday.

The rest of the squad involves some of the regulars such as Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino, Seattle Sounders’ Joevin Jones and Belgium-based defender Sheldon Bateau.

Captain Khaleem Hyland was forced to withdraw due to a hamstring injury while Ataulla Guerra was also ruled out with injury. US-based trio Cordell Cato, Greg Ranjitsingh and Neveal Hackshaw are all unavailable due to passport related issues.

Lawrence spoke about the composition of his selection as the squad arrived in St Lucia on Monday afternoon for a three-day training camp before departing for Martinique on Thursday ahead of Friday’s Nations League clash. T&T will host Martinique at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 9:00pm on Monday in another Nations League qualifier.

“Obviously the preparation starts today. Most of the guys arrive today and tomorrow and we will be on the training pitch for the first time tomorrow. Neveal Hackshaw, Cordell Cato and Greg Ranjitsingh are all unavailable because their passports are in difference processes now,” Lawrence explained. “Cordell and Greg are in the process of obtaining their green card and Hackshaw is in the process of getting a Canadian visa. We lost Khaleem Hyland who pulled his hamstring on Friday.

“As of this morning, we can announce that Ryan Telfer and Daniel Carr is now be part of the squad. We have been in conversation with them for a long period now getting them to represent Trinidad and Tobago and they finally agreed to do it and we have now confirmed all the documentations to make them eligible to play for Trinidad and Tobago.

“We have also introduced Andre Fortune who will be involved for the first time at the senior level with me. We have brought back in the likes of Nathaniel Garcia, Judah Garcia and James Perry. Looking at the Ascension League  what I have tried to do is select the squad based on players who are actually playing competitive football because I think we had a lot of lessons to learn from past events,” Lawrence said.  “So the squad is made up of mostly of players that have been active and have been playing and we are trying to see how best we can ensure that we are much better prepared.

“I’m relative quite happy with the make up of squad and we will assess everyone when they come in. We have some experience in there along with some youth so the idea is to have the squad gel as best as possible for the games coming up.”

See Lawrence’s full comments here

       PLAYERS         CLUB
1 SHELDON  BATEAU K.V. MECHELEN, BELGIUM
2 DANIEL  CARR APOLLON FOOTBALL PUBLICO LTD, CYPRUS
3 DANEIL  CYRUS MOHUN BAGAN ATHLETHIC CLUB, INDIA
4 AUBREY  DAVID DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA F.C., COSTA RICA
5 ADRIAN  FONCETTE POLICE F.C., T&T
6 ANDRE FORTUNE NORTH CAROLINA F.C., USA
7 JUDAH  GARCIA PT. FORTIN CIVIC CENTER, T&T
8 LEVI  GARCIA BEITAR JERUSALEM F.C., ISRAEL
9 NATHANIEL  GARCIA PT. FORTIN CIVIC CENTER, T&T
10 KEVAN  GEORGE CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE, USA
11 ALVIN  JONES OKC ENERGY F.C., USA
12 JOEVIN  JONES SEATTLE SOUNDERS F.C., USA
13 MARCUS  JOSEPH GOKULAM KERALA F.C., INDIA
14 KESTON  JULIEN AS TRENCIN FUBAL CLUB, SLOVAKIA
15 CARLYLE  MITCHELL TERMINIX  LA HORQUETTA RANGERS F.C., T&T
16 KEVIN  MOLINO MINNESOTA F.C., USA
17 LESTON  PAUL MEMPHIS 901 F.C., USA
18 JAMEEL  PERRY POLICE F.C., T&T
19 MARVIN  PHILLIP F.C. SANTA ROSA, T&T
20 ROSS  RUSSELL Jnr TERMINIX  LA HORQUETTA RANGERS F.C., T&T
21 GLENROY  SAMUEL TERMINIX  LA HORQUETTA RANGERS F.C., T&T
22 RYAN  TELFER YORK9 F.C., CANADA
23 JOMAL  WILLIAMS ASOCIACION DEPORTIVA ISIDRO METAPAN, EL SALVADOR
STAFF
24 DENNIS  LAWRENCE HEAD  COACH
25 STEPHEN  FEVRIER ASSISTANT  COACH
26 STERN   JOHN ASSISTANT  COACH
27 ROSS  RUSSELL GOALKEEPER  COACH
28 AKASH  DHANAI DOCTOR
29 MAC ALLISTER  ESTRADA MEDIC
30 DEXTER  THOMAS TRAINER
31 SION  CAIN MASSAGE  THERAPIST
32 JAMES  CONEBOY MATCH  ANALYST
33 MICHAEL   WILLIAMS EQUIPMENT  MANAGER
34 WAYNE  CUNNINGHAM LOGISTICS  MANAGER
35 SHAUN  FUENTES MEDIA  OFFICER
36 RICHARD  PIPER TEAM  MANAGER