CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trinidad & Tobago international Cordell Cato was unveiled by the Charlotte Independence as the club’s latest addition on Friday, with the 25-year-old becoming the second T&T international signed this offseason by the club joining Kevan George.
Cato has played the past five seasons in Major League Soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes, where he made 111 appearances and scored seven goals and 10 assists.
“To get a player with so much experience in the MLS is fantastic,” said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “We're trying to bring in a mix of guys, and he's somebody that's in the prime of his career and offers us a high-level of play and is a guy that has the ability to take on players one-v-one. I think it's a fantastic signing for us and a guy we're really excited to have here.”
Cato began his professional career in 2009, signing with top Trinidad and Tobago side San Juan Jabloteh. As a 19-year-old, Cato made his MLS debut with Seattle Sounders FC during the 2012 season before being traded the following season to the Quakes.
“I feel like my experience helps me related to the older guys, as well as the younger guys,” said Cato. “I'm still learning, but at the same time, I can pass on information and knowledge I've gained in the MLS over the last six years.”
Cato has made 20 appearances for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team since his debut in 2014 and appeared for the Soca Warriors in the final stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification in games against Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Mexico. The Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago native has two goals for the Soca Warriors including a 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup score versus Guatemala in front of a crowd of 54,126 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.