T&T Soccer Star Retires After Snub By U.S. Club

ATLANTA, United States – Trinidad and Tobago soccer star Kenwyne Jones abruptly ended his 15-year professional career last month after Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Atlanta United opted not to renew his contract for the upcoming season.

Jones KThe 33-year-old, a former T&T captain, was one of seven players not retained by Atlanta following a season where he scored two goals in 17 league appearances. He announced his decision via the online social networking service Twitter. “(Soccer) has been great to me, I thank everyone who has helped me on the way, I appreciate you, but this is my last year in the sport…#onelove.”

Jones was later quoted as saying: “My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.

“I feel incredibly honored and proud to have enjoyed the career I’ve had and I’ve loved every moment of it, being part of history and playing before fans of my country and the different teams I represented. “It has been a huge distinction to captain my national team both at the senior and youth level and these were some of the best years of my life.”

MOVEMENT

Following successful spells with Trinidadian Pro League clubs Joe Public and W Connection, the 6’ 2” striker came to prominence as a 19-year-old during a three-year spell at Southampton in England, scoring 19 goals in 71 appearances. Jones then joined Sunderland in 2007 in a deal valued at six million pounds sterling and again impressed in his three years on Tyneside.

He moved to Stoke City in 2010 for a club record eight million pounds sterling. This was followed by a two-year spell at Cardiff City and short loan stints at Bournemouth and Al Jazira in United Emirates, before linking up with Atlanta last year.

Jones won 89 caps for T&T, scoring 23 goals. He was a member of the historic Soca Warriors squad which qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He played in three CONCACAF Gold Cup campaigns - 2005, 2013 and 2015 - and was part of T&T’s recently failed 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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