Haiti were facing a 0-1 halftime deficit in their first Gold Cup group stage match in San Jose, Costa Rica, but with two second half goals, they defeated first-time entrants Bermuda 2-1. Bermuda opened the scoring in stoppage time of the first half as defender and captain Dante Leverock headed in a sharply taken corner from Osagi Bascome.
Striker Frantzdy Pierrot scored both Haiti goals. The Colorado Rapids drafted Pierrot in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, but he elected not to sign a contract. Later that year, he signed with Belgian First Division A side Royal Excel Mouscron.
New York Red Bulls striker Derrick Etienne substituted in at halftime and made impacts on both goals for Haiti.
Pierrot’s first goal was off a set piece and trick play initiated by Etienne in the 54th minute. Steeven Saba ran in front of Etienne as he faked to kick the ball, then as Etienne put his arms up in the air to show “frustration”, Saba ran back and hit an in-swinger to find the head of Pierrot.
In the 66th minute, Etienne streaked down the left wing and found Duckens Nazon, who had a shot on goal. The goalkeeper parried Nazon’s shot, right into the path of Pierrot, who tapped it in from the six-yard box.
Bermuda doesn’t have a long history of success since its inception and is the most surprising team to make it into the CONCACAF Nations League A. This is their first major tournament appearance.
Former RBNY player Zeiko Lewis (now with the Charleston Battery) had two good scoring opportunities in the 8th (saved) and 12th minutes (shot went wide) after some fancy footwork…
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Highlights from the match can be seen here.
Haiti will now travel from Costa Rica to Frisco, TX to face Nicaragua on the 20th. Since Nicaragua already were defeated by Costa Rica, Haiti will do all they can to have six points in their pocket before a tough match on the 24th with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. If they can secure advancement to the knockout stage after two matches, their final group match will be much less pressure to get a result.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography