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Pittsburgh Riverhounds defenseman Mekeil Williams

Riverhounds defender Mekeil Williams will miss his next two matches with Pittsburgh Soccer Club as he represents the Trinidad and Tobago national team in the CONCACAF Nations League.

Williams, 31, has been a Team Caribbean regular throughout his tenure with the Riverhoundsand wore the captain’s armband for the first time in a game against Bolivia earlier this year.

Trinidad and Tobago are set to play four games in the upcoming window as they look to qualify for the Gold Cup. A total of 41 teams from the Caribbean and North and Central America compete in this annual competition, which was recently won by the US national team.

Known as the “Soca Warriors”, Trinidad and Tobago has a strong presence on the international football scene despite having a slightly larger population than Allegheny County. The team finished in the top five of the Gold Cup eight times and qualified for the World Cup in 2006, where they were managed by former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are currently ranked fourth in the USL East, having played in 12 of 34 regular season games.

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