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Pittsburgh Riverhounds defender Jelani Peters

Riverhounds SC defender Jelani Peters was named to Trinidad & Tobago's final roster for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins Friday with a 12-team qualifying tournament.

Peters, 27, will be in the mix for his first international appearance with the Soca Warriors, who begin the event facing Montserrat at 9:30 p.m. Friday at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The winner of that match will face the winner between Cuba and French Guiana on July 6, with the winner of that match advancing to the 16-team group stage of the Gold Cup.

It is the second time Peters has been called up to his national team, the first coming in November 2016, when he joined the squad for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. He was an unused substitute in those matches.

In his first year with the Hounds, Peters in on pace to have his most active season as a professional since that 2016-17 season, when he appeared in 22 matches for Trinidadian club W Connection before being loaned to Toronto FC II. This year, Peters has appeared in seven of the Hounds' first 10 matches with five starts, as he has been a regular part of Bob Lilley's rotation at center back.

Two other Hounds players were included on preliminary Gold Cup rosters but were not selected for their nation's final roster. Fellow Trinidadian Mekeil Williams was left off their final team, while Jordan Dover had to withdraw his name from consideration for Guyana because of injury.