New MLS signing Cordell Cato says he will focus on giving his best in Seattle Sounders’ upcoming preseason campaign as he attempts to break into their first team for the 2012 American MLS season after agreeing to a one–year contract with the club this week.
Cato, formerly of St Anthony’s College also played with the T&T Under 20 team at the CONCACAF qualifiers for the FIFA Under 20 World Cup earlier this year.
He was snapped up by player representative, former national player Evans Wise who arranged his trials with Seattle and San Jose Earthquakes. Seattle eventually made him an offer .
“I think my first aim is to do well in training. I’ve been at the club before and the coach is the kind of guy who will give players a chance once they perform at a high level in training,” said Cato.
“It’s all about doing well there. I just have to focus on getting my level up in preseason and then I’ll be ready for the season itself.”
Cato gave credit to national coach Anton Corneal for spurring him on during his time with the national under 17 and under 20 team.
“I would like to thank all my youth coaches. Persons like Nigel Grosvenor, Oswald Davis and Anton Corneal. He (Corneal) was always behind me to do better and he got me to dig deep,” Cato said.
And none other than Dwight Yorke is among the players who he’s followed with great interest.
“I saw some games that Dwight player before he retired and just by watching the way he played the game and carried himself was inspiring to me. I also like Ronaldinho a lot.
I will be trying to follow these guys and hopefully achieve some success like they did by working hard and following my dreams,” Cato said.