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USL review: Trinidad defender Alvin Jones signs with OKC Energy

Jun 8, 2017; Commerce City, CO, USA; Trinidad & Tobago defender Alvin Jones (7) controls the ball ahead of United States midfielder Darlington Nagbe (15) in the second half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Energy FC has a goal differential of -1 through its first five games of the regular season. Perhaps its newest signing will help shore-up the back line.

The club announced Tuesday that Alvin Jones, a national team player for Trinidad & Tobago, is joining the squad. The deal is pending league and federation approval.

A 24-year-old who typically plays at right back – but has also featured as a midfielder – Jones comes from a club in his native country, W Connection FC. He won two league titles there and played in Concacaf Champions League six times.

Jones has 16 caps for the Trinidad & Tobago national team, scoring once in a 2-1 victory Oct. 10, 2017 against the U.S., which knocked the Stars and Stripes out of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

“With Alvin Jones, you’re bringing in a player with really good experience,” OKC coach Steve Cooke said in a statement. “He has good experience in international competition, played in Concacaf Champions League games, played for Trinidad and Tobago a number of times and has played against some of the best in the game. Alvin is a really solid human and is a hardworking, professional young man.”

OKC Energy are 2-2-1 on the 2019 season and travel to face the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday.

Notes

  • The average age of the starting lineup Atlanta United 2 played against Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday was 20.8, which ties the youngest lineup the club has ever fielded. The match ended in a 1-0 win for the Stripes.
  • Also in that game, goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira tallied a club record eight saves. A Columbia University product, Castanheira opted to sign a USL contract instead of entering the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. FC Dallas hold his MLS rights, drafting him anyways in the fourth round.
  • Dalton Red Wolves SC – the USL League Two expansion side based in northwest Georgia – has signed its first two players, Omar Hernandez and Jonathan Ricketts. Hernandez is committed to attend Wake Forest University in the fall.
  • North Carolina FC academy product Adam Amour was called into camp for the U.S. U-17 men’s national team last week.

They said it

North Carolina FC head coach Dave Sarachan after a 1-1 draw with Memphis on Saturday: “Tonight, we got a good taste of what this group is about in terms of competing. Marios (Lomis) hit a great free kick. Alex Tambakis played terrific tonight and saved us big time. On both ends of the field, you need somebody that can save balls and guys that can create something. At the end of the day, we take the point.”

ATL UTD 2 defender Jack Metcalf on a penalty conceded in a 2-0 loss to Saint Louis FC on Saturday: “It was not a penalty. Simply put, I think even their team was surprised that it was given. But look, that is one of those things out of our control, but 100% that was not a penalty.”

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith on Daniel Rios: “He’s certainly filled that void of a marksman. In terms of what and how we are creating, certainly in the first three games, we looked at that and felt we could improve. Today, we have seen that. When you are playing two out-and-out strikers, it gives those providers more to find in front of goal. Daniel has been a good target for us this year.”

Goals you need to see

Nutmeg: Check. Backflip: Check.

Lovely free kick here from NCFC’s Marios Lomis.

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