Get ready for the Concacaf W Championship and meet the USA’s first opponent with Five Things You Need to Know.
HAITI LOOKS TO MAKE HISTORY IN MEXICO
Haiti, which hosted the inaugural Concacf Women’s Championship in 1991, which served as the region’s qualifying tournament for the 1991 Women’s World Cup, is seeking to qualify for its first senior women’s soccer world championship. With the field for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup now expanded to 32 teams, up to six Concacaf teams could be part of the World Cup, with the top two finishers from each group automatically marking their Down Under tickets. The third-place team from each group will advance to the 10-team playoff between confederations.
Haiti last competed in the final round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying in 2014, going 1-0-2 in the group stage. Haiti’s best result in Concacaf Qualifying came in 1991, when The Grenadiers finished fourth overall after losing to the USA in the semifinal.
ABOUT THE TEMPLATE
Of the 23 players on Haiti’s roster for the Concacaf W Championship, 12 play for their club soccer in France, competing for teams in the French top flight as well as Division 2 Féminine. Six players compete at the national level in Haiti, while four play at the collegiate level in the United States. Defender Claire Constant, who was the The 2017 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school student who had previously been called up to U.S. Junior Women’s National Team camps, is entering her fifth year at the University of Virginia under former assistant coach of the US Women’s National Team. Ruthny Mathurin was an All-Sun Belt Conference selection at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2021. Forward Milan Pierre plays for George Mason after beginning his college career at the University of Maryland and Goalkeeper Lara Larco is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University. One player on the list, forward Meghane St-Cyr, plays at the university level in Canada.
ROSTER OF THE HAITI WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Madelina Fleuriot (Exafoot FC), 12-Nahomie Ambroise (Anacaona SC), 23-Lara Larco (Georgetown, USA)
Defenders (7): 2-Chelsea Surpris (AS Yzeure, FRA), 3-Jennyfer Limage (Grenoble Foot 38, FRA), 5-Maudeline Moryl (Exafoot FC), 14-Claire Constant (University of Virginia, USA), 18-Estericove Joseph (Exafoot FC), 20-Kethna Louis (Stade de Reims, FRA), 21-Ruthny Mathurin (University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USA)
Midfielders (4): 4-Tabita Joseph (Stade Brestois, FRA), 6-Melchie Dumornay (Stade de Reims, FRA), 13-Betina Petit Frere (Stade Brestois, FRA), 15-Florsie Joseph (Exacfoot FC)
Forwards (9): 7-Batcheba Louis (FF Issy Les Moulineaux, FRA), 8-Meghane St-Cyr (Aigles Ahuntsic, CAN), 9-Sherly Jeudy (Grenoble Foot 38), 10-Nerilia Mondesir (Montpellier HSC, FRA), 11-Roseline Eloissaint (FC Nantes, FRA), 16-Milan Pierre (George Mason University, USA), 17-Mikerline Saintfelix (Montauban FC, FRA), 19-Dayana Pierre (AS Tigresses), 22-Roselord Borgella (FF Issy Les Moulineaux, FR)
SERIES HISTORY: USA vs. USA HAITI
The United States has played Haiti seven times, winning each of the previous meetings between the teams by shutout. Five of the previous seven meetings between the team have come during Concacaf Qualifying: three in World Cup Qualifying and two in Olympic Qualifying.
The US defeated Haiti, 10-0, in the World Cup Qualifying semifinals in Port-au-Prince in 1991 and also recorded group stage wins in World Cup Qualifying in 2010 (5- 0) and 2014 (6-0).
The most recent meeting between the teams occurred on January 28, 2020, in the opening match of the US Olympic Qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which were later delayed. USWNT won 4-0 in Houston, Texas with goals from Christen Press, Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd. Megan Rapinoe had a pair of assists in the victory, in which the US scored three times in the second half. The US’s other victory over Haiti in Olympic qualification came in 2004, an 8-0 win for the Americans.
MATCH IN MONTERREY
While five of the previous seven meetings between Haiti and the USA have taken place on home soil, with one game in Port-au-Prince and four in the United States, this will be the third meeting of all time between the teams in a neutral location and the second in Mexico, home of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. The competition will take place from July 4 to 18 and the eight participating teams will play the 16 matches of the tournament in two stadiums, the Estadio Universitario and the BBVA Stadium, the latter of which will be one of the three venues in Mexico at the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2026.
Mexico last hosted the final round of Concacaf Qualifying in 2010 before the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. There, the United States defeated Haiti, Guatemala and Costa Rica in the group stage before falling 2-1 to Mexico in the Semifinal. The USWNT then defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the third place match and qualified for the World Cup by defeating Italy in the intercontinental playoff. The 2022 Concacaf W Championship marks the USWNT’s first appearance in Mexico since 2010.
HAITI QUALIFICATION CAMPAIGN
Haiti qualified for the Concacaf W Championship by winning Group E in the qualifying round. Rated 60the in the world and seventh in the region in the most recent FIFA Rankings, Haiti went 4-0-0 in their four qualifying matches and outscored opposition by an overall 44-0 margin. In February, the Haitians defeated Honduras 6-0 and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 11-0. Then, in April, they defeated the British Virgin Islands in their biggest ever victory, 21-0, and then defeated Cuba 6-0 to close out pool play.
Forward Roselord Borgella, who plays for Issy in France’s Division 1 Féminine, led Haiti with 11 goals during qualifying, including five goals in victory over the British Virgin Islands. attacking partner Batcheba Louis, who also plays club soccer for Issy, was second on the team to score in the Concacaf W Qualifiers with eight goals.
In the run-up to the qualifying tournament, Haiti played two matches against Costa Rica. After losing the first match 2-1 on June 25, Haiti won the second match on June 28 4-2. In that match, Haiti jumped out to a 3-0 lead, led by a goal from Borgella in the seventh minute. Nérilia Mondésir also scored for Haiti in the first half, while midfielder Melchie Dumornay added a brace in the second.