Fifteen-year-old Isaiah Hudson is the youngest member of the National Under 20 men's team that will begin their quest for World Cup qualification on Wednesday against Guadeloupe at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
He is considered the baby of the team but has considerable experience, having already been on training stints with AS Roma in Italy in 2014 and Aston Villa last year. He was also a member of the National Under 17 team at the CONCACAF Final round in 2015.
"I've been on trials with Aston Villa and AS Roma and I was also a member of the last under 17 team. Now my focus is going to be with the Under 20 team for a tournament that I am very excited about," said Hudson who rates Ronaldinho as his favourite player and is a supporter of Barcelona.
"We have been working very hard in preparing for this tournament. There is a good vibe in the camp and there is a good amount of love among the players.
"I am actually very excited because I have never played in front my home crowd for the national team so I'm putting in the extra work to ensure we get it right from the first game against Guadeloupe," added the DirecTV W Connection midfielder.
"I think playing in the TT Pro League has been a great experience for me at such a young age. Playing for W Connection has helped me improve my work rate, my speed and my level of play which is something I am constantly working on. I love to keep the ball so possession football is my style. It's the Barcelona style and this is how I try to pattern my game," Hudson said.
"Hopefully it's the kind of football the national team can produce when the tournament comes around and I will be doing my best to help push us on."He will be hoping to make his debut against Guadeloupe in T&T's opening fixture on Wednesday from 7:30pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Dass wants to go one better with U-20s
Under-20 winger Jarred Dass wants to erase the disappointing memories of missing out on qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup by a single win by helping to inspire the current team to qualification for the 2017 World Cup in South Korea.
Dass, a standout for Naparima College last season, is one of the US-based players summoned by head coach Brian Williams to join the 23-man squad for the Caribbean Football Union Qualifying first round. T&T faces Guadeloupe from 7:30pm and Turks and Caicos tangles with St Lucia in the opening game from 5pm.
Dass was a member of the T&T Under 17 Team which defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in the CONCACAF Final round in Panama in 2013 before losing 4-2 in their final match.
"That was really disappointing because we made history by beating Costa Rica and then we scored first against Panama but they came back really strong. We missed out on a chance to go to a World Cup. Now I have another chance with the Under 20 team which I am really looking forward to. Hopefully I can play my part in helping the team go all the way," Dass said.He added that head coach Brian Williams has been handling the team in the right manner.
"He's been doing a good job. The live-in camp last week was very important and I felt it was a good decision by the coaches to have the camp.
"For me personally, the first six months with Stony Brook University in the United States has been a step up from playing in the Secondary Schools League. I am over there with fellow Trinidadian Marteon Watson. The change in level at Stony Brook has been significant and hopefully we can go on to become better players for the future. Right now my ambition is to put my best foot forward and help T&T qualify out of this group stage and go all the way to South Korea."
Joevin joins Molino on MLS All Star Selection
Joevin Jones has joined countryman Kevin Molino on the list of players who have made the final selection for those vying for a pick on the MLS All Star team to face Arsenal on July 28.
Molino made the cut last month and Jones who has been enjoying a fine run for Seattle Sounders in the past few matches was also added to the cast. Jones scored his first goal for Seattle in a recent 2-0 win over DC United.
Both Jones and Molino are from Carenage and are gearing up for the September 2nd World Cup qualifier at home to Guatemala. Both players also missed T&T's recent matches against China, Uruguay and Peru.
"It was a great feeling to get my first goal for Seattle. And now it feels good to be considered for the MLS All Stars. There are some great players up for the picks but hopefully either myself or Kevin (Molino) or maybe both of us can make the final team. As for now we are just both keeping focused for our clubs and getting ready for the next set of World Cup qualifiers, " Jones said.
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