A victory over Haiti on Thursday night will put the Canadian soccer team in a prime position in the Gold Cup. In addition, John Herdman’s men know their next opponents well.
The two countries’ paths intersected twice, as recently as mid-June, in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. Each time, Canada outperformed Haiti, scoring four goals in the process.
Therefore, with confidence, the representatives of the Maple Leaf will be able to come to Kansas City, especially with the result of their previous Gold Cup match, with a 4 to 1 victory over Martinique.
Although the Haitian defeat should not count, but they are the ones who present a different face to the World Cup qualifiers, this match leads Canada directly into a decisive duel with the United States at the top of Group B.
The Americans struggled to impose their game on Haiti and came away with a 1-0 victory thanks to an eighth-minute goal by Sam Vines. If the two neighbors win their second game, they are tied by six points. The outcome of the Canada-US meeting will be more decisive on Sunday.
No COVID-19 s’invite
Seven players from Haiti will not be able to participate in the match due to COVID-19. They were only up to 17 against the US last Sunday.
One thing is for sure, Canada will face a different third goalkeeper from Haiti in many matches. Johnny Placid and Jose Duverger faced a maple leaf in June after making a fatal mistake. Against the United States, Brian Sylvester was used.
The style of coach Jean-Jacques-Pierre is also changing. The virus doesn’t help either… The 40-year-old chose to go with two forwards in the World Cup qualifiers, but with Carnegie Antoine alone on guard last Sunday.
It is not yet clear who Herdman will trust in the Canadian network on Thursday. Quebec’s Maxime Crepeau was automatically competing with Martinique, but the coach could choose to go with young Daine Saint Clair or Jason Luttweiler.
The last time Canada and Haiti faced each other in the Gold Cup, it was the tiny Caribbean nation that won the quarter-finals of the 2019 edition. Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini scored to give Maple Leaf a relatively comfortable first-half lead.
We don’t know what the Haitians ate in the locker room, but they came back from behind to win in the end 3 to 2. Nazon Duck, who was supposed to be in practice on Thursday, scored his goal to allow him to create a surprise.
Mexico had finally defeated Haiti in the semi-finals, with a short score of 1 to 0.