Gold Cup Nightly: Group B, Matchday Two
Photo from CONCACAF.com
USA 2-0 Honduras
Haiti 2-0 Grenada
Coming into the 2007 Gold Cup and the 2010 World Cup cycle, Haitian football was supposed to be ready to breakthrough. Two years later, after Gold Cup and qualifying disappointments, we’re still waiting for Haiti to fulfill their promise. Perhaps tonight’s 2-0 win begins the process.
Haiti’s Fabrice Noel who plays for the Puerto Rico Islanders scored a good goal off a set piece to put the Spice Boyz on the defensive. The Haitians had lots of chances to expand the lead early but ultimately failed. Delroy Facey who plays his club football in England for Notts County had a golden chance to equalize but missed the target from point blank range.
The second half was very open with both sides creating half chances and pushing the tempo down the flanks. A combination of sloppy defending and bad giveaways contributed to the creation of half chances.
James Marcelin scored a great breakaway goal slotting it with a touch of class to extend the Haiti lead to 2-0. With Noel and Marcelin scoring the goals in this match yet playing more of a supporting role for USL’s Puerto Rico Islanders, it is no wonder that team advanced so far in the CONCACAF Champions League last season.
Ricky Charles had a good game for Grenada in the midfield helping to hold possession for much of the second half and create chances. But Grenada when it came down to it didn’t have the horses to compete in this tournament. A healthy Shalrie Joseph and Jason Roberts would have made a difference for sure. Still they must be given credit for qualifying over Trinidad and Tobago who made the 2006 World Cup and is currently in the Hexagonal.