Fresh off scoring his first goal for Seattle Sounders FC 2, Oalex Anderson has been called into the St. Vincent and Grenadines senior national team for a pair of 2018 World Cup qualifiers as well as two 2016 Olympics qualifier with the U-23 team. The 19-year-old is quickly becoming a fixture with his national team, scoring seven goals, including five in 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification.
"Oalex gets to make this kind of appearance at a very young age, and not very many people get that kind of opportunity," S2 head coach and former St. Vincent national team captain Ezra Hendrickson said in a team release. "He has been good for us this season and we expect him to do very well for St. Vincent. I'll definitely be following and rooting the team on from home."
St. Vincent will play Guyana in a home-and-home series on June 10-14. The winner in the aggregate-goal series will advance to the third round of CONCACAF's 2018 World Cup qualifying. The United States, as well as the other top 6 ranked CONCACAF nations, enter in the fourth round that begins in July.
The Olympic qualifiers will be on May 20 and 25 after which he'll join the senior team. St. Vincent has an even longer road ahead to become just one of two CONCACAF teams to earn a spot in the Olympics. They'll first need to advance out of the preliminary round of the Caribbean qualifying for a spot in the group stage, where they'd play three group stage matches. The winner of the group will advance to the semifinals and the winner of those knockout games will earn spots in final round of CONCACAF qualifying that will feature two four-team groups and ultimately result in two nations qualifying for the Olympics.
Anderson has made four S2 appearances, all but one of them off the bench. He drew what turned out to be the game-winning penalty against the Orange County Blues on May 1 and followed that up with the eventual game-winner against Oklahoma City Energy on Friday.
"It was a great start for me to come on, work hard and get a good performance in with S2 before going on international duty," said Anderson. "It will give me great momentum going into these qualifiers, and I hope to impress when I am down there."