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Former national under-17 captain Javed Mohammed says the ongoing support of his family has been a major influence in his success in the United States which resulted in him being drafted by Colorado Rapids last week.

Mohammed is currently in training with Rapids following an outstanding season with University of South Florida where a series of impressive performances in the left back position caught the eye of Rapids head coach Gary Smith. “My family has been my main form of inspiration.

Being away from them is very hard but I know they are behind me one 100 per cent. My parents have been really encouraging and I know whatever happens they will forever be proud,” added the La Romain born Naparima College graduate.

Mohammed noted his style has changed. “When I played in T&T, my position was left wing. When I came to college, the coach examined my play and said he wanted me to try the left back role.

My main asset is my left foot.  “At USF, I take all free kicks and corners so this helps when it comes to getting the attention of teams.

In my position I’m versatile, running up and down the flank. The style of play has changed so left backs are now attacking more and I’m fulfilling that role now.”