Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Joevin Jones enjoyed the biggest week of his professional career as he earned selection on the American Major League Soccer “Team of the Week” and was contender for the “Goal of the Week” for his fine strike in Chicago Fire’s 3-2 victory over Toronto FC.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed many title success moments with W Connection in the local League but surely his ability to send Chicago fans into a frenzy and earn plaudits by MLS media followers would stand out over the rest of his accomplishments inside a week in pro football.
And Jones couldn’t question that.
“The experience has been great so far. It’s been a high level of football for me. And my first goal in the MLS was a memorable one for me. It’s been a memorable week. I’m trying to make a name for myself and this was a good way to get it going. I felt great making the team of the week and I think it’s been a good start to my MLS career,” Jones said on Tuesday.
The Carenage-born has been on trial overseas before. His 37 appearances for T&T since making his debut in 2010 means he has established himself in the national team. But he knows fully that non-stop dedication and extra hours on the training field is now the order of the day for him.
“The level of training here at Chicago is very high and professional. It's a lot of commitment and you have to stay focused all the time because in a city like Chicago you can get distracted very easily,” Jones added.
Surely it’s a big change from being based in a place like Couva and now the windy city of Chicago. Just the memories of Michael Jordan and the Bulls could make you “fly” out of control in that city. But Jones is determined to keep his feet on the ground. And with T&T’s opening Gold Cup fixture set for Chicago on July 9th against Guatemala, he’s set his sights on walking out in the Soca Warriors strip on that day.
“I want to keep my spot in the national team as well as the Chicago team and keep performing like I am at the moment. I have some personal goals I want to fulfill. And I definitely want to be in the Gold Cup with the national team. I think we have a good team at the moment and if we do things right, we can go onto do very well in the Gold Cup this time around.”