In a decade long career laced with a myriad number of clubs, across T&T, Portugal and in the US, Cornell Glen now heads to the North eastern frontier of India, aiming to bring success to the Shillong-based reds. His recent participation for his country came at the recently concluded Gold Cup that was hosted and won by the USA.
"It's going to be a challenge in terms of culture, it's going to be a challenge in terms of the style of play," foresaw Glen, said the 31- year old, who has 66 international caps with 23 goals to boot.
The man of the moment, who has played for FC Dallas and LA Galaxy, was happy with the facilities provided by his new club, according to a press release by the club and proclaimed, “My aim is to score as many goals as possible for the Reds, but the key would be to stay fit. I am really looking to have a great season with the team.”
A former World Cup campaigner from Germany, 2006, Glen became an instant centre of attention when he came on a substitute for his team and dismantled Ashley Cole. Glen jokingly admits that Cole would not recognize him but revealed the insight into the T&T squad by revealing to The Times of India, “It is a good story to tell. Everyone who has ever held a Trinidad and Tobago passport wanted to be part of the World Cup. We were lucky to be the generation that did it."
Despite being a footballing nomad, Glen does have the tiniest bit of knowledge with regards to Indian football’s direction of development. Being a West Indian and having followed the IPL (Indian Premier League) and its impact on cricketers, he shared his views on the tournament.
“You do not know what you have until you give it a try. No international footballer would ever want to play only two months of a season. That would be effectively finishing off his international chances.”
"Maybe the idea makes sense financially. But if a player gets injured playing a smaller league, no established club is going to accept that,” concluded Glen.
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