Prior to the Chicago Fire's 2-0 defeat to 2014 MLS Cup finalist New England Revolution on June 13, Frank Yallop was dealt three key losses to international duty: Shaun Maloney (Scotland), David Accam (Ghana) and Joevin Jones (Trinidad and Tobago).
“When you have quality players they get called up for their national teams,” Yallop said. “We knew going into the season that they’re going to get called up because they’re good.”
One of Yallop's newest acquisitions to have made an instant impact with the Men in Red, Jones - named to Trinidad and Tobago's provisional 35-man roster on June 10 - was one of 23 players selected by head coach Stephen Hart Tuesday to compete in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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With 38 caps - his most recent coming in a 90-minute display in Trinidad's 3-0 loss to Jordan on June 13 - and previous experience in major tournaments with the Soca Warriors at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jones joins Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes), Kevan George (Columbus Crew SC) and Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers 2 - USL) as the fourth MLS representative.
The Soca Warriors, one of four national teams that qualified from the Caribbean, were placed in Group C along with Mexico, Guatemala and Cuba.
Trinidad will commence the round-robin group play on Thursday, July 9 against Guatemala at 6 p.m. CT at Soldier Field. They will then square off against Cuba on Sunday, July 12 (3:30 p.m. CT) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz. and wrap up the group stage on Wednesday, July 15 at Bank of America Stadium against Mexico at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Hart, who steered his side to a quarterfinal appearance in 2013, has already begun a residential training camp in Port of Spain. Before departing for Chicago on July 7, the team will set up shop in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday and face Haiti in a training match held behind closed doors.
Gold Cup rules allow changes to be made to the 23-man squad up until the day before the opening match. After the group stage, teams that qualify for the quarterfinal round can replace up to six players on the roster.
The exact date of Jones's departure is unknown, but should Hart demand the midfielder join the team's training camp on Sunday, he could miss several of the Fire's July fixtures as the Men in Red enter the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and press on with a congested slate of MLS regular season matches.
Trinidad and Tobago
Goalkeepers (3): Adrian Foncette (Police FC/Trinidad & Tobago); Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic/Trinidad & Tobago); Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC/Trinidad & Tobago)
Defenders (6): Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge/Denmark); Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen/Belgium); Daneil Cyrus (Ha Noi T&T/Vietnam); Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy /Kazakhstan); Yohance Marshall (Juventud Independiente/El Salvador); Mekeil Williams (DirecTV W Connection/Trinidad & Tobago)
Midfielders (8): Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge/England); Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes/USA); Keron Cummings (North East Stars/Trinidad & Tobago); Kevan George (Columbus Crew SC/USA); Khaleem Hyland (Genk/Belgium); Dwane James (North East Stars/Trinidad & Tobago); Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire/USA); Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava/Slovakia)
Forwards (6): Kadeem Corbin (St. Ann Rangers/Trinidad & Tobago); Jonathan Glenn (IBV/Iceland); Atualla Guerra (Central FC/Trinidad & Tobago); Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City/Wales); Willis Plaza (Central FC/Trinidad & Tobago); Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers 2/USA)