Gold Cup leaves Collat, Haiti wanting more

Head coach Marc Collat (pictured) guided Haiti to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. (Photo: Mexsport)

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Haiti certainly put on an offensive show in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

Les Grenadiers just could not put the ball into the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Jamaica at M&T Stadium.  Despite the setback, their overall performance across four games certainly turned heads and earned them some newfound appreciation as well.

Head coach Marc Collat wished there was another game or two in order to show further the quality of his team.

"I think we would have gotten more respect making it to the semifinal," he said through an interpreter.  "That was a goal.  Instead, it's Jamaica to the semifinal and they'll have a good chance in the next match, so it’s disappointing.  But at the same time we have to evaluate how we did and most likely we did relatively well overall, so we had some respect."

It turned out to be a frustrating night for Haiti, which had many opportunities to level after Giles Barnes' sixth-minute goal for Jamaica.  The Haitians outshot the current Caribbean champion 25-14 and enjoyed a staggering 15-3 corner-kick advantage.

"We demonstrated this evening an enormous capacity on the field for 90 minutes," Collat remarked.  "We had a chance to equalize.  We just came up a short, but we certainly gave an enjoyable show tonight.

"We gave a valiant effort.  I think what was lacking was the offensive push, that last offensive push."

Collat hope to improve "on that offensive push" when the third round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is held from August 31 to September 8.

As the only man to coach against the United States and Jamaica in the Gold Cup -- losing 1-0 both times -- Collat was in a position to analyze the two semifinal foes, who will meet at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Wednesday.

"They were obviously two matches that were difficult for us," he concluded.  "I think the USA was probably able to pressure us much more.  In the case of Jamaica, it is a team that counters well and they caught us on the counter.  In comparing the two teams, I think the USA is superior."