FRISCO, Texas -- After celebrating its 2-1 win over Bermuda, Haiti can book a fourth-ever berth in Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals against a Nicaragua side looking to rebound from a 4-0 defeat to Costa Rica when the two teams meet in Group B on Thursday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Although the teams have never met in the Gold Cup, Haiti leads the all-time series 4W-2D-1L that dates back to 1950, a record that shows the three times they faced each other in Gold Cup Qualifying, international friendlies and one Concacaf Championship.
Haiti boasts plenty of power in attack, with Frantzdy Pierrot, Wilde Donald Guerrier and Duckens Nazon. It was Pierrot’s double that gave Haiti the comeback win versus Bermuda.
Haiti has gone 11 consecutive games without a draw, dating back to a 2017 international friendly against Japan that ended 3-3. Toyota Stadium is also a familiar venue for Haiti, as it played there in the 2015 Gold Cup in a 1-1 draw vs. Panama.
On the other hand, Nicaragua, who is appearing in its third Gold Cup and second in a row, is familiar with a comeback story against Haiti.
Captain Juan Barrera was able to score an incredible hat-trick in the final five minutes of the 2017 Gold Cup Playoffs on March, 28, 2017, which is the lone victory for Nicaragua against Haiti.
The defense will be key with Manuel Rosas, as Nicaragua looks for its first win in the 2019 Gold Cup.