The 2022 Concacaf W Championship kicks off July 4 in Monterrey, Mexico with eight teams in pursuit of lifting the trophy and proclaiming themselves champions of women’s football in the Concacaf region.
Each of the eight teams boast a special kind of player who is capable of making a play that can change the course of a game and swing things in their team’s favor.
For Trinidad and Tobago, that player is Liana Hinds.
It is impossible to refer to Liana Hinds as any specific kind of player, because the 27-year-old is as versatile as they come. Capable of playing in defense, midfield and as a forward, Hinds’ ability to slot into any position on the field allows her to make the difference from any area on the field.
Hinds has appeared in 20 Senior National Team matches for the Soca Warriors, with three goals scored. Between matches in the CWC and CWC Qualifying, Hinds has 16 games under her belt, with one goal.
The Hartford, Connecticut-born player featured in five matches in the 2014 edition, seven games in 2018 and then all four matches in 2022 CWC Qualifying, with her lone CWC goal coming in Trinidad and Tobago’s 13-0 victory versus Turks and Caicos Islands on April 9.
Hinds’ contribution to Trinidad and Tobago goes back many years to her time in various Youth National Team tournaments. It all started when she represented her country at the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, where she scored two goals in three games for the Caribbean side.
Hinds also has plenty of experience in Concacaf Youth National Team tournaments, playing at the 2012 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship and then at the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship.
With Trinidad and Tobago now seeking to become the second Caribbean team to qualify for a Women’s World Cup, a talented and versatile player like Hinds could prove pivotal in a historical quest.