Kevan George was at his wife’s place when he was drafted by the Crew. When – or if – he signs with the club is in the hands of his agent.
A second-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, George remains with the club while he works to resolve his contract situation. The club has extended an offer to the Trinidad & Tobago native, but he remains one of two draftees still on the roster yet to sign with the club.
“I hope to get something settled soon,” he told me March 8.
For now, George’s primary focus has shifted to suiting up for his national team. The holding midfielder was called to Trinidad & Tobago’s U-23 national team camp that kicks off March 23 against Mexico. While in Florida, the team will play five matches before announcing the Olympic qualifying roster.
George said his tenure at Central Florida helped catch the eye of his home country’s scouts.
“It’s been maybe a year and a half that I’ve been talking to them,” he said. “Since then there’s been this big overhaul in Trinidad & Tobago football and everything was up in the air. This time they have a good team in the U-23s and they want me to come in for a camp and this was the most suitable time to go.”
After moving to the United States when he was 12, George said he has harbored a lifelong desire to represent his country.
“I figured if I moved here I’d have a better chance because there I wasn’t as good and they didn’t really notice me,” he said. “I want to definitely make the team and fight for a starting position. I want to represent my country and help them progress in the tournament.”
Although he will be away from the Crew, George said the situation will not impact negotiations with the club.
“I think the Crew drafted me for a reason,” he said. “I believe that’s something we will work out. It’s just a matter of time. My agent is still talking with them.”