The month long CONCACAF Gold Cup kicked off last weekend in Pasadena, California, but won’t reach South Florida until this Friday, when four teams will take the field at Sun Life Stadium (2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens) in the hopes of advancing to the next round.
Among them is an impressive Haitian squad returning to Miami after giving Spain a run for its money in the second half of an international friendly last month.
“In the second half, our team gained confidence that we lacked in the first half,” Haiti coach Israel Blake Cantero told reporters after that game. “There is no doubt there was significant pressure considering the opponent we faced. We are still evaluating our roster and strategy, but I was very pleased how we performed.”
For Ernst “Nono” Jean-Baptiste, Haiti’s ambassador of sports, last month’s match against the World Cup champs helped the island nation prove its resilience.
Before the game, Jean-Baptiste told reporters: “Haiti is alive and is about to take off,” according to NBC 6.
Haiti will face Trinidad & Tobago at 7 p.m. Honduras and El Salvador take the field at 9. The same ticket is good for both matches and costs $20 to $120 via ticketmaster.com.
Fri., July 12, 7 p.m., 2013