Gold Cup Player Spotlight: Kevin Parsemain (Martinique)
Martinique’s Kevin Parsemain (blue jersey) walks away with the ball after scoring against Mexico in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)

With the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup set to kick off in one week, will profile one player from each of the 12 teams every day until the opener on July 7 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Gold Cup Player Profile: Kevin Parsemain (Martinique)

Any conversation that focuses on Martinique football must begin and end with 29-year-old Kevin Parsemain.

The Golden Lion forward has been the national team’s face since making his debut in 2008.

After starting his career with local side Club Franciscain, Parsemain spent three years in France with Le Mans and Evian.  He returned to Martinique, enjoying an excellent stint with Riviere-Pilote to earn a move to Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC in March 2014.

Shortly afterwards, Parsemain suffered a torn ACL, never making a competitive appearance for the club, before being let go a year later.

In 2013, he captained Martinique to a 1W-0D-2L record in the Gold Cup, converting a penalty kick in a 3-1 loss to Mexico.  Parsemain, who has 27 career international goals, scored a remarkable 13 in the 2012 Caribbean Cup and struck for two in the 2016/17 edition.