Le Nouvelliste | Football féminin : Les USA, le premier obstacle à franchir pour que Haïti espère aller en Océanie

Le Nouvelliste | Football féminin : Les USA, le premier obstacle à franchir pour que Haïti espère aller en Océanie



The Haitian women’s football team which had flown through the preliminary round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Australia and New Zealand 2023, beating Guatemala (6-0) respectively; St. Vincent (11-0); British Virgin Islands (21-0) and Cuba (6-0), had a two-week training camp in San José, followed by two international friendly matches against Costa Rica, punctuated by a defeat (1- 2) and a win (4-2). It is for the officials of the FHF, to better prepare the Grenadières, and this so that they have the possibility to outdo the pawn and to treat as equals to the giants of their group, namely the USA, Mexico and Jamaica.

To hear the national coach, Nicolas Delépine: his team, at the end of the two weeks of preparation on the side of Costa Rica, is gaining momentum, and he admits that a very good atmosphere is looming on the horizon for the Grenadières. Back in selection after two years, Ruthny Mathurin believes that her teammates will be up to it. Melchie Dumornay is not left out, she says she is ready to fight against opponents from Haiti while specifying that she respects the Americans, but she has no fear for the teammates of Megan Rapinoe.

Workforce from both countries (Haiti and USA)

Around Rapinoe (36 years old); Alexandra Morgan Carrasco (33) and Aubrey Renee Kingsbury (30), the USA national coach, speaking of Vlatko Andonovski, the native of North Macedonia, only rejuvenates the star-spangled team by integrating talented footballers, among others, Margaret Purce (26 years old), Sophia Olivia Smith (23 years old), Mallory Diane Pugh (22 years old), Catarina Macario (24 years old), Emily Ann Fox (23 years old) and without forgetting players already confirmed at the highest level of world football, such as Casey Grace Murphy (26) and Ashley Marie Hatch (27).

As far as Haiti is concerned, the hard core of its selection is made up of players who have made their mark in Haitian women’s football (U15, U17, U20 and Senior) and who play for the most part in France, i.e. in D1 Arkema: Nérilia My desire ; Melchie Dumornay; Batcheba Louis; Roselord Borgella and Kethna Louis and in D2: Roseline Eloissaint; Sherly Jeudy; Mikerline Saint-Felix; Surprised Chelsea; Jennyfer Limage; Tabita Joseph and Bethina Little Brother. In this little exercise, we should also note the presence of Milan Pierre-Jérôme, Lara Larco, Claire Constant who is a neophyte and Ruthny Mathurin who are making the best days of their football team at university level in the United States of America. .

If the American team seems to have no weak points, the situation is very different for Haiti, which is strengthening its workforce with young players (U20) who are certainly talented, but who have not been in competition since before May 22, 2021 and who were March 8, 2022 ridicule by the USA (6-0) in the round of 16 of the CONCACAF U20 Championship in the Dominican Republic. Four months, will these young Grenadières be ready to face the machine that the American team represents?

Preparation of the two countries (USA – Haiti)

From February 23 to June 28, 2022, the Americans played five friendly matches, scoring 28 goals and conceding only one small goal against Uzbekistan in the 9-1 victory in the first match before winning the second. (9-0). They also rolled Iceland (5-0) and recently won against Colombia (3-0) and (2-0) to complete their preparation for the CONCACAF women’s championship to be held in Monterrey, Mexico from 4 to July 18.

As for the Haitians, they were entitled to a two-week training camp in Costa Rica, played two international friendly matches in passing for a record of defeat (2-1) and a victory described as historic by Nicolas Delépine (4-2). From February 17 to June 28, they played six matches: 5 wins, 1 loss, 49 goals scored and 4 conceded.

History of face to face

From April 24, 1991 at the Sylvio Cator stadium during the first edition of the CONCACAF women’s championship to January 28, 2020, Americans and Haitians faced each other five times. During the first meeting, although they were playing at home, the Grenadières were humiliated (10-0) by the future world champions. On October 28, 2010, Haiti had halved the goal difference by being beaten by (5-0). The two countries had played two other matches in 2015, victory (5-0) on September 17 for the Americans who would do it again three days later, on September 20 (8-0). Closer to us, on January 28, 2020, during the final phase of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers, the band of Nérilia, Melchie, Kethna, Batcheba and Roseline Eloissaint who had scored a goal with a header, but refused by the central referee, could not avoid defeat (0-4) against the American machine. However, it should be noted that this is the smallest score collected by a senior Haitian selection (feminine) against the United States of America.

In view of the history of the face to face of the two selections and the forces (players) present, the Americans have the favors of the forecasts. However, the hard core of the Grenadières have very good memories against the Americans in the juvenile category. To say that, in addition to having undergone adequate preparation in San José, Costa Rica, one has to believe that they are not going to present themselves as expiatory victims in the face of the United States of America, and this despite their status as a world number in the FIFA rankings and two-time World Cup title holders.

The appointment is made for this Monday, July 4 at the estadio Universitario de Nuevo Leon (San Nicolas de los Garza) between the women’s selections of the United States of America and Haiti to get a first idea of ​​​​the behavior of the Grenadières in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, qualifier for the FIFA World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 and the Paris Olympics 2024.

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