York9 FC’s Ryan Telfer has been called up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team for a pair of CONCACAF Nations League matches against Martinique, bringing on the Canadian-Trinidadian midfielder ahead of a first leg road game at the Pierre Aliker Stadium in Fort de France.
Telfer, 25, joined the Nine Stripes on loan out of Toronto FC at the top of the 2019 Canadian Premier League season, and has become one of the league’s brightest stars since, scoring the first-ever goal in CPL history en route to recording five goals in 19 appearances, all as a starter for Jimmy Brennan’s outfit.
In August, Telfer, who was eligible to declare for either Trinidad and Tobago or for Canada, told Vince Alvarado of the Nine Stripes Podcast that he was looking to start his international career, though he added, “at this point, it’s hard to say which one to go towards.”
It seems as though a call from T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence proved too tempting to ignore, and Telfer, who was not named to John Herdman’s side for upcoming CONCACAF Nations League matches against Cuba, has accepted the invitation – and would thus be cap-tied to Trinidad if he were to make an appearance over the next two matches.
The Mississauga native will continue to count toward’s York9’s Canadian player quota when fielding a starting XI.