Thirty-eight players from 23 USL Championship and USL League One teams were named in the preliminary rosters for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is due to start next month across the United States, on Friday.

The squad included three Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Jordan Dover, Mekeil Williams and Jelani Peters, many familiar faces, and a few first-time callouts from 13 national teams that will make the final qualifying round of the tournament and the 13 countries that are already. qualified for the opening group stage.

The only other club in the Atlantic Division, Miami FC, has more players selected in the Gold Cup preliminary lists than the Riverhounds.

In 2019, the 26-year-old Dover made three Gold Cup appearances with Guyana, his parents’ native nation (Dover grew up in Canada). Dover will make their international debut against the United States on June 18, 2019.

The Stars and Stripes won 4-0 in St. Paul, Minn., To start the group game, but the Hounds’ Jordan Dover could be the person involved who enjoyed the game the most. Not only did Guyana make their debut in the biennial CONCACAF tournament, but Tuesday also marked Dover’s first cap with their parents’ home nation.

Starting at right-back, where he has established himself as a reliable performer since arriving in Pittsburgh in 2018, Dover got caught chasing US midfielder Paul Arriola in the opening goal of that game. .

Originally from Ajax, Ontario, Canada, Dover attended and played football at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2012 to 2015.

Williams has been a regular in Trinidad and Tobago for the past decade.

Williams has made 36 appearances for the Soca Warriors, appearing in both the 2015 and 2019 Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the Soca Warriors. He also scored on his international debut in 2012 in a friendly against Finland.

Peters was also called up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team in 2016 during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. He was on the bench for matches against Costa Rica and Honduras in the final qualifying round, but has yet to make its international debut.

In addition, many former Riverhounds SC players, including Thomas Vancaeyezeele (French Guiana) and Christiano Francois (Haiti) were selected to represent their respective countries and former Robert Morris University star Devon “Speedy” Williams was selected for the Jamaican national team.

Below is the full list of players from the USL Championship who will represent their country at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021.

Qualifying round for the Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 / Preliminary selections for the championship and Ligue 1

Bermuda – Zeiko Lewis (Charleston drums)

Cuba – Raiko Arozarena (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Jorge Corrales (FC Tulsa), Modesto Mendez (Fort Lauderdale CF), Dairon Reyes (Fort Lauderdale CF)

French Guiana – Thomas Vancaeyezeele (San Diego Loyal SC)

Guadeloupe – Luther Archimedes (New York Red Bulls II)

Guyana – Jordan Dover (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC)

Haiti РRonaldo Damus (Orange County SC), Fran̤ois Dulysse (Fort Lauderdale CF), Christiano Francois (Miami FC), Zach Herivaux (Birmingham Legion FC), Mechack Jerome (El Paso Locomotive FC), Bryan Sylvestre (Miami FC)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Kyle Edwards (Rio Grande Valley FC)

Trinidad and Tobago – Leland Archer (Charleston Battery), Dre Fortune (Memphis 901 FC), Shannon Gomez (Sacramento Republic FC), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven), Triston Hodge (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC), Jelani Peters (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC), Mekeil Williams (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 group stage / Preliminary selections for the championship and Ligue 1

Curacao – Zeus De La Paz (Oakland Roots SC)

El Salvador – Eric Calvillo (Orange County SC), Walmer Martinez (Hartford Athletic), Amando Moreno (New Mexico United), Joaquin Rivas (FC Tulsa)

Grenade – Kharlton Belmar (Sacramento Republic FC), AJ Paterson (Charleston Battery)

Jamaica – Brian Brown (New Mexico United), Junior Flemmings (Birmingham Legion FC), Omar Gordon (Austin Bold FC), Dane Kelly (Charlotte Independence), Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising FC), Peter-Lee Vassel (Indy Eleven), Lamar Walker (Miami FC), Speedy Williams (Miami FC)

United States – Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City FC)

Countries represented by club

Austin Bold FC (1): Omar Gordon (JAM)

Birmingham Legion (2): Flemmings juniors (JAM), Zach Herivaux (HAI)

Charleston Drums (3): Zeiko Lewis (BER), AJ Paterson (GRN), Leland Archer (T&T)

Charlotte Independence (1): Dane Kelly (JAM)

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1): Triston Hodge (T&T)

El Paso Locomotive FC (1): Mechack Jérôme (HAI)

Fort Lauderdale CF (3): Modesto Mendez (CUB), Dairon Reyes (CUB), François Dulysse (HAI)

Hartford Athletic (1): Walmer Martinez (SLV)

Indy eleven (2): Neveal Hackshaw (T&T), Peter-Lee Vassel (JAM)

Louisville City FC (1): Jonathan Gomez (United States)

Memphis 901 FC (1): Dr. Fortune (T&T)

Miami FC (4): Christiano François (HAI), Bryan Sylvestre (MIA), Lamar Walker (JAM), Speedy Williams (JAM)

New Mexico United (2): Amando Moreno (SLV), Brian Brown (JAM)

New York Red Bulls II (1): Luther Archimedes (GDL)

Oakland Roots SC (1): Zeus De La Paz (CUR)

Orange County (1): Ronaldo Damus (HAI), Eric Calvillo (SLV)

Phoenix Rising FC (1): Kevon Lambert (JAM)

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (3): Jordan Dover (GUY), Mekeil Williams (T&T), Jelani Peters (T&T)

FC Rio Grande Valley (1): Kyle Edwards (VIN)

Sacramento Republic FC (2): Kharlton Belmar (GRN), Shannon Gomez (T&T)

San Diego Loyal SC (1): Thomas Vancaeyezeele (GUF)

Tampa Bay Thugs (1): Raiko Arozarena (CUB)




John Krysinsky has covered football and other sports for many years for various publications and media. He is also the author of ‘Miracle on the Mon’ – a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered on a remarkable game that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has been a color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and has worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup matches. and the International Champions Cup which took place in the United States. . Krysinsky was also the head coach of men’s football at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first winning seasons and first places in the playoffs (1996-98); North Catholic Boys Head Coach (2007-08), Shady Side Academy Boys Associate Head Coach (2009-2014).






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