Aaron Dennis, Shavon John-Brown Gear Up For Another Round Of Concacaf Nations League Games

The pair could feature in another two games in the tournament for their respective national teams
Nov 13, 2019

The New York Cosmos might be in their offseason, but that doesn't mean two players are off.
Forwards Aaron Dennis (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Shavon John-Brown (Grenada) will suit up for their respective national teams in the Concacaf Nations League this week.
Group leader Grenada (3-0-1, 10 points) needs a win in its final two games in League B, Group A to clinch a spot in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. The Spice Boyz visit Saint Kitts and Nevis (1-1-2, 4) on Thursday, November 14, before hosting Belize (1-3-0, 3) on Sunday, November 17. French Guiana (1-1-2, 5) is in second place.
The U.S. Virgin Islands (1-3-0, 3) have been eliminated from contention for the League C, Group A title. The Dashing Eagle will be playing for pride and the future as it visits the Cayman Islands on Saturday, November 16, before welcoming Saint Martin (1-3-0, 3) on Tuesday, November 19.
"We want to finish on a high note," Dennis said. "As players, we want to make sure that after the last three years of work we'll get some victories out of them."
Dennis scored in the third minute of the USVI's 2-1 win at Saint Martin on Septembet 8.
After the Cosmos finished the Members Cup season with a 7-0 triumph at Napa Valley 1839 FC on Oct. 19, Dennis had three weeks to prepare for the next set of matches on his own.
He used a trainer and worked out with friends he grew up with in Elmont, N.Y.
Without a coach and a teammates to push him, Dennis admitted working out on his own for an international match wasn't an easy thing to do.
"We had a pretty long season," he said. "For me, it's just an extra three weeks. So why not put in the work now? Hopefully, I will be rewarded for the hard work in the long run."
John-Brown, who signed with the Cosmos for the NPSL Members Cup season, was a vital part of the attack during the stretch run.
To prepare for his international matches, John-Brown has been competing with the N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League.
"Shavon, to me, he's one of the best players that has passed through the Cosmopolitan League," Freedoms captain Andreas Chronis said. "He has this tremendous work ethic, just an ability to find the holes. He really knows where to stand. He knows how to dribble into space. When he dribbles into space, it is extremely hard to stop him because he's just so quick and so intuitive, getting into the right places. He really is one of the toughest players to mark on the field. He is definitely one of the catalysts of the team."

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