Three Canadian Premier League players were in action Thursday as CONCACAF Nations League action heats up across North America.
York9’s Ryan Telfer (Trinidad and Tobago), Justin Springer (Saint Kitts and Nevis) and HFX Wanderers attacker Akeem Garcia (Trinidad and Tobago) all featured for their respective national teams.
FC Edmonton’s Amer Didic (Canada) and Emilio Estevez (Chinese Taipei) could make international debuts as early as Sunday.
Telfer starts, Garcia comes on in T&T’s 2-0, 9-man loss to Honduras
York9 FC’s Ryan Telfer made his third-straight start (and grabbed his third cap) for Trinidad and Tobago but again failed to earn a win, dropping a 2-0 result to Honduras at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
Two CPLers were on the pitch in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital when HFX Wanderers striker Akeem Garcia came on in the 63rd minute for his second cap for the Soca Boys.
The home side went down to ten men in the 72nd minute when Levi Garcia earned a second yellow. Mekeil Willams earned a straight red late in injury time.
T&T sit third in their League A, Group C triplet with Honduras and Martinique, sitting on two points from three matches. A reverse fixture with Honduras will close out their group stage on Nov. 17.
Before then, the Soca Boys will turn their attention to a friendly with Venezuela on Monday.
Springer returns to the St. Kitts & Nevis fold
York9 FC’s Justin Springer earned his 12th cap for St. Kitts and Nevis Thursday, coming off the bench in the 87th minute to close out a 4-0 away win over Belize.
The Sugar Boyz are third in League B, Group A on four points.
Springer, 25, earned his first international call up for the Sugar Boyz in 2016 and was last called up in March for a crucial Nations League qualifying match against Suriname, which St. Kitts lost 2-0. The Burlington, Ont. native played all 90 minutes in that match.
Springer and co. will play Belize in a return fixture on Sunday in Basseterre.
Didic, Estevez could feature early next week
Emilio Estevez, a third Y9 international called up during this window, is in Chinese Taipei’s squad for their Asian World Cup Qualifying second-round group stage match with regional giant Australia. Estevez has yet to make an appearance for Chinese Tapei.
FC Edmonton’s Amer Didic could also make his international debut Tuesday when Canada play hosts to the U.S. in their third CONCACAF Nations League match in League A, Group A at BMO Field in Toronto.