SAN JOSE, Costa Rica.- Haitian football fans can look forward to an exciting few weeks, as the national team prepares to take part in its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup opener against Bermuda this Sunday, June 16 at the Estadio Nacional in Costa Rica, which will mark Bermuda’s first-ever Gold Cup game.
Head Coach Marc Collat’s men, who landed in Group B with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Bermuda, have a strong chance of qualifying for the knockout stage after reaching the quarter-finals in 2015. Haiti, who is always a threat to score, will undoubtedly put pressure on some of the Concacaf back lines with the front four of Herve Bazile, Derrick Etienne, Frantzdy Pierrotand Duckens Nazon, who are all relatively young, fast, and direct.
Leading the way for Les Grenadiers is Nazon, who was joint-top goal scorer in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying with six goals, is Haiti’s biggest goal threat. The left-footed player has been a mainstay for his country, and is clinical in front of goal, with 16 goals in 26 games for Haiti. That includes two goals in the 2015 Gold Cup.
Etienne is another player to watch, as the New York Red Bulls man will be excited to play for Haiti at club home Red Bull Arena for the final group match on June 24.
Collat previously coached Haiti in the 2015 Gold Cup, where his team did not concede more than one goal a game. His call-up of Johny Placide, the French-born goalkeeper, will play an important role in his second Gold Cup. Placide has 36 caps for Haiti and was capped for France at the U-21 level. This will be Haiti’s seventh Gold Cup and in the previous six, they have had three quarterfinal appearances.