MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The only Group B team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup takes to the Sun Life Stadium pitch on Friday with a hint of urgency in its veins. Haiti knows all too well that it cannot afford to go winless if it wants to advance in the tournament.
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Standing in the way, though, is a rejuvenated Trinidad & Tobago side that sprung to life in its group opener, overcoming a one-goal deficit to draw with El Salvador, 2-2.
“I think everyone is quietly confident," Trinidad’s Jan Michael Williams said. "Coming into the competition we knew that it was going to be tough for us, but we set goals and objectives and we want to go forward and qualify from this group.
Kenwyne Jones scored the equalizer for the Soca Warriors against El Salvador in the 77th minute.
"I felt extremely happy for him because I know it’s been a while since he scored for the national team dating back to 2011, but essentially it’s a group effort and we all have a common goal,” added Williams.
The goalkeeper, who made all the highlight reels of the U.S. sports channel with an acrobatic save against the Salvadorans, noted that the Haiti will be playing with its backs against the wall and will come out in full attack mode.
“The bit of knowledge we have about the Haiti team is that they brought back a lot of players who play in France and their other overseas players, but I think the way they play would be the same," he said. "They usually keep the ball for long periods and they are very athletic, but we are on a bigger stage now and we can’t allow them to do so, because they know that if they lose they will be out of the competition."
In its opening 2-0 loss to Honduras, the Haitians took a barrage of shots and despite none of them finding the back of the net, they demonstrated a
“I didn’t watch a lot of the Haiti game but I remember playing against them in the Caribbean Cup last December, so I know what to expect," Williams said. "We know they like to take a lot of shots, so I am prepared and so is my defense."
Haiti coach Israel Blake Cantero remembered the December game, when the teams played to a scoreless draw.
“I believe this present team is better than the one that played them," he said. "We have added a few new players and we know that they are a team with fast players, but we will be prepared for them.”