Leland Archer called up for Gold Cup
Leland Archer at T&T training courtesy TTFA Media
One of Can Bou Play's newest members, Leland Archer has been called up to the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Men's team for the 2019 Gold Cup.
While Archer has represented T&T at youth level, this is his first selection on the senior squad and it's an opportunity that he is relishing.
"It's always a privilege to play for your country, especially now at the highest level. So I think that it's an honor being called up to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Gold Cup," said the Charleston Battery defender Archer.
"It's a big tournament but I think we have a good group of boys here and it will be a good tournament."
Trinidad and Tobago will open their 2019 Gold Cup duties when they face Panama on 18 June, before battling USA and Guyana on the 22nd and 26th June.
One player who knows exactly what Archer is going through is CBP founder Yohance Marshall.
Four years ago at the 2015 Gold Cup, Marshall starred for Trinidad and Tobago and scored the last gasp header versus Mexico in the scintillating 4-4 stalemate that many regard as the greatest Gold Cup match of all time.
Yohance Marshall at 2015 Gold Cup
"It's huge for him! I'm just glad and happy for him that he could get the opportunity," stated Marshall about Archer's call up.
"The opportunity to play for your country, in a competitive environment and in a competitive tournament is something completely out of this world. You see the difference with how that experience is really supposed to be. It's intense."
"I've represented T&T in the CFU too but its different when it comes to the Gold Cup. You come up against top quality opponents. And just the stadiums and the environments that you going to go into, the crowds, the fans, 50,000 every game. That experience you will remember for the rest of your life."
"I just want him to enjoy it and soak it all in."
Archer joined up with the squad in L.A. after T&T's friendly international in Japan and will be eyeing a place in the team as Dennis Lawrence's unit play their final warm up match versus Canada on 10 June.