Haiti looks forward to Jamaican Gold Cup challenge

Pascal Millien (blue jersey) and Haiti will square off against Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals on July 18, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: Mexsport)

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Officially, Saturday's Haiti-Jamaica game is listed as a quarterfinal between two of the best teams the Caribbean has to offer.Haiti midfielder Pascal Millien, however, is treating the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup match at M&T Bank Stadium as something more -- a championship game."Whenever we play against Jamaica or Trinidad, it becomes a final for us because we want to be the best," said the 29-year-old. "One of us has to make it to the final. We want to make sure it's going to be us."Les Grenadiers have an opportunity to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Reggae Boyz last November in the Caribbean Cup, the region’s biennial championship that also doubles as qualifying for the Gold Cup.Millien has plenty of respect for his foes as they battle for a ticket to Atlanta for Wednesday’s semifinals."We know they're not an easy team," he expressed. "We know they have a bunch of guys who are playing in Europe, like England. It's going to be a battle. It's not going to be easy for them."A new attitude has made Haiti (1-1-1, 4 points) a formidable side that finished as Group A runner-up behind the USA and ahead of Central American powers Panama and Honduras."We have a team that has character. We have a team that plays with passion," Millien continued. "The mentality that we have, we play for the flag for a bunch of people, 10 million-plus people whose happiness depends on us. We've got to give it all. We never give up."The Haitians have surrendered only two goals in three games, neither in the first half."There's good determination from the team," Nazon said. "We have done pretty well, especially against the USA. That's a good, big message we sent right there. Any team that we're going to play, they're not going to think they're going to play an easy team. Every team has a little fear of playing against us.”