19 Kennya Cordner

Nationalitytri Trinidad and Tobago
tri Trinidad and Tobago
Current TeamTRI & TOB

PLAYER PROFILE

Cordner grew up in the quiet village of Speyside, in east Tobago, and remember playing football from as early as age six (6) with the boys in the area. She continued her love for the sport when she attended the nearby Roxborough Secondary Center School, even though her mother felt that the sport was a bit rough.

She tried out for the girl’s football team and her goals helped guide Roxborough Secondary to the 2002 Tobago Zone title of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Girls Division.

Cordner is blessed with blistering pace, great dribbling skills and the ability to score off either foot, which makes her standout.

However, while in Form-2, she relocated and subsequently transferred to Signal Hill Secondary School, who dominated football in the boys division of the SSFL and Cordner helped the girls to the title in 2003.

It was her prowess, while at Signal Hill Secondary, that attracted the attention of senior national women’s coach, Jamal Shabazz. Cordner was called up for training with the national squad and made her debut at the tender age of 15.

In 2006, after being spotted playing for the Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Women’s national team in regional competition, Cordner was offered a scholarship to Young Harris College in the U.S.A.

At the end of her first season, she finished with 18 goals and 9 assists in the 13 games that she played. The following season, 2007, she played in 17 matches, scored 37 goals, with 13 assists, and ended with 87 points for the season.

While still attending Young Harris, Cordner joined the Northampton Laurels FC of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) and helped them to reach the play-offs.

With the assistance of Trinidad and Tobago teammate, Ahkeela Mollon, Cordner got the opportunity to play football in Europe when she joined Kvarnsvedens IK of Sweden.

She departure from Sweden in 2009 and, after spending some time in T&T, she was off to Australia for a trial with the Brisbane Roar of the Westfield W-League.

Cordner settled in quickly, blew through the trials and signed a contract for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season. In all, she netted twice for the Brisbane Women on their way to the semi-final of the W-League.

On her return to Trinidad and Tobago, she played for Tobago FC, in the Women’s Football League, and also played a few matches for San Juan Jabloteh Women in the same competition.

She got another opportunity to play abroad and signed with Issaquah SC, the reserve team for the Seattle Reign FC, of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), U.S.A. for the 2013 season.

Cordner left Issaquah midway through the season and created a bit of history when became the first woman from the Caribbean to secure a professional contract, in the National Women’s Soccer League, signing with Seattle Reign FC of Washington in June, 2013.

Trinidad and Tobago national team commitments took her to England, in August 2013, for a series of warm-up matches with Cordner scoring six goals; two goals in a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur FC and four in a 7-1 victory over Queen’s Park Rangers FC.

Representing T&T saw her miss the opportunity to move to the Seattle Reign on a permanent basis. Instead, she had to remain with their second team, the Seattle Sounders, joining them in June, 2014.

The speedy forward returned to T&T for warm-up friendly matches against Venezuela and scored a hat-trick, in a 5-0 win over the visitors, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Balmain, Couva, on July 6.

She suffered a slight injury during that game but has regained fitness and is hoping to lead T&T’s charge in the CFU qualifiers, for a spot at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in Canada.

Source: SportsArchiveTT.com