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Josiah Trimmingham hopes to excite scouts at MLS Caribbean Combine

 ​Club Sando defender Josiah Trimmingham (second from left) and teammates (L to R) Akim Armstrong, Keron Cornwall and Jayson Joseph following a 4-1 Pro League win over Point Fortin Civic last October. (Photo courtesy Club Sando Facebook page)

Recent Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Team call-up Josiah Trimmingham says he wants to impress scouts at the fifth annual Major League Soccer (MLS) Caribbean Combine in Orlando from January 9-11.

However another recent T&T international call-up of head coach Dennis Lawrence and former national Under-20 teammate of Trimmingham, Kathon St. Hillaire, won’t be part of the MLS Caribbean Combine at the Sawgrass Hotel and Suites Sports Complex in Sunrise, Florida.

Hillarie, a versatile 20-year-old St. Ann’s Rangers winger and former T&T youth standout, and Trimmingham, 21, were both selected to represent the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Hillaire, however, was unable to obtain a US Visa according to a Rangers official.

Meanwhile for Trimmingham, it would be the ox-built Club Sando defender’s fourth overseas trial after interests in Portugal and Jamaica.

Trimming left Trinidad on Tuesday and was expected to join twenty-one (21) players from 15 other CONCACAF Member Associations across the Caribbean who will take part in the invitation-only event. They will compete in front of MLS scouts, with the potential of being signed directly during an upcoming transfer window.

The participating countries in alphabetical order are: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Jamaica, Martinique, Sint Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos Islands.

The Caribbean Combine will lead into the 2018 MLS Player Combine to be held Jan. 11-17 in Orlando.  Both Combines will be followed by the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia.

“I think Trimmingham is good enough and I hope he gets through,” said Club Sando head coach Angus Eve who snapped up the talented defender from San Juan Jabloteh last August.

Trimmingham, moments before departing the Piarco International Airport, said, “I am confident as a player and in my ability. I am hoping to secure my first professional contract [abroad] at this trial.”

Trimming also said he gained invaluable experience in the past few seasons competing at the Pro League – Trinidad and Tobago’s top-flight league – “playing with and against experienced players such as Kerry Baptiste and Akim Armstrong and others.”

“This, the fifth-annual Caribbean Combine is the fruit of on-going collaboration between CONCACAF and Major League Soccer, and represents the Confederation’s commitment to unlocking new modes of access to the sport at all levels for all its Member Associations and their players,” said CONCACAF Director of Caribbean Football Horace Reid. “Providing professional opportunity for these young players -- ages 18-21 -- complements other Confederation initiatives to enhance the club game across the region, including recently expanded club competition platforms for the Caribbean Club Championship and the Scotiabank CONCACAF League.”

2018 MLS Caribbean Combine Player Pool
Oniel Anderson (Jamaica); Jeff Beljour (Turks & Caicos Islands); Mazhye Burchall (Bermuda); Thierry Catherine (Martinique); Jonah Ebanks (Cayman Islands); Kyle Edwards (St. Vincent & the Grenadines); Djai Essed (Sint Maarten); Maalique Foster (Jamaica); Jules Haabo (French Guiana); Hadan Holligan (Barbados); Germain Hughes (Anguilla); Andrez Joseph (Dominica); Tyrique Lake (Anguilla); Alex Marshall (Jamaica); Gylles Mitchel (Dominica); Yohannes Mitchum (St. Kitts & Nevis); Nickenson Paul (Aruba); Na-jir Jacques Peney (Curacao); Jamarlie Stevens (Antigua & Barbuda); Josiah Trimmingham (Trinidad & Tobago); Gregorio van der Biezen (Aruba), Jeadine White (Jamaica).