Kevan George earns Trinidad & Tobago call-up
COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today that midfielder/defender Kevan George has been called-up for international duty with Trinidad & Tobago ahead of an international tournament – the OSN Cup – held September 5-9 in Saudi Arabia.
The call-up from Head Coach Stephen Hart is George’s second on the senior roster after earning a call-up during the knockout stage of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. George previously made three starts in the 2012 Olympic Qualifying run with Trinidad & Tobago’s Under-23 squad.
While on international duty, George will miss two of the Black & Gold’s League matches, beginning tomorrow night against the Houston Dynamo (7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio). After playing the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, the Soca Warriors will either face New Zealand or Saudi Arabia on September 9 for the final or third-place match, meaning George will also miss the Crew’s trip to face Sporting Kansas City this Saturday, September 7 (8:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio).
With the Crew, George has made a career-high 10 appearances – including three starts – through 26 matches in 2013. Of those starts, the Roxborough, Trinidad & Tobago native made two appearances – including a start -- at centerback and two starts and six substitute appearances in midfield for the Crew. The Black & Gold drafted George in the second round (29th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and in his rookie season he made seven appearances, including four starts.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Jan Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic Centre), Glenroy Samuel (Caledonia AIA)
DEFENDERS: Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen/Belgium), Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough/England), Robert Primus (FC Aktobe, Kazakhstan), Mekeil Williams (DIRECTV W Connection), Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA), Radanfah Abu Bakr (FC Vostok/Kazakhstan), Daneil Cyrus (DIRECTV W Connection), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force)
MIDFIELDERS: Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk/Belgium), Kevan George (Columbus Crew), Kevin Molino (Orlando City/USA), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA), Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic Centre), Ataullah Guerra (RoPS/Finland), Andre Boucaud (Notts County/England)
FORWARDS: Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City/England), Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava/Slovakia), Willis Plaza (Song Lam Nghe/Vietnam)