The Haitian national soccer team will begin a 17-day tour in Canada, specifically Montreal and Quebec City, to fine-tune its preparation before participating in the Gold cup, the championship tournament of the CONCACAF nations, to be held in the United States in July. The Grenadiers will play on June 22 against the Montreal Impact, the current leader of the East conference of the Major League Soccer (MLS) in which play three former leading figures of the Italian Serie A, Alessandro Nesta, Marco Di Vaio and Matteo Ferarri. Aside from this match against the Montreal Impact, several other meetings are scheduled during this tour. Indeed, the Haitian team should meet in training match on June 26 Montreal Outremont, a semi-professional league team semi-pro At the Université de Montréal’s field. On 25 June, the national soccer team will visit Québec City, commonly known as the national capital, and will be received by the popular Mayor of this city Mr Régis Labeaume. During this visit to the city of Quebec, the Haitian delegation will be invited by the Mayor to sign the Guestbook of this city.
On June 30, a match is scheduled against Royal Select of Beauport of Québec. A final game drive is planned for July 4 against another team semi-pro league in the province of Quebec. Finally, the Haitian delegation should be received also by the Mayor of Montreal during its passage in the great metropolis du Québec. However, the team of Mayor Michael Applebaum, who seems to already have a busy schedule, must find a date before any confirmation. This tour of the Haitian football team in Canada is coordinated by Mr. Célésomme Fanélus, Director General of the League soccer Auchem. It comes after great showings against the number one team in the world Spain in Miami and the number 5 team in the world Italy in Brazil. Mr. Fanélus said to have made all the arrangements for this tour a success and counts on the participation of the Haitian community in Montreal. The Haitian delegation will establish its headquarters in the Hotel Auberge Universel Montreal. – source
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The Montreal Impact’s U21 team lost 2-0 to the Haitian national soccer team in a friendly match Saturday night at Saputo Stadium in front of 11,041 fans. Striker Maurice Jean Eudes scored the game’s first goal in the 81st minute on a one-time shot from 16 yards out that deflected off an Impact defender before going in the net. Jean Philippe Peguero scored Haiti’s second goal on a header in the 88th minute.Midfielder Gagnon-Laparé had the best chance for the Impact in the 73rd minute, but his shot from about 25 yards out missed to the right of the goal. The Impact U21 team played the last 30 minutes with eight players from the club’s U18 team.
“We played a team at a higher level, but for the most part, the game was very positive and it was an excellent experience for the group,” Impact academy director Philippe Eullaffroy said after the game. “Over the past two weeks, we worked on defending as a block and we applied those principles fairly well tonight. However, if you put a lot of focus on the defensive side of the game and you play against a side with such experience, you are less effective offensively. We made adjustments at half-time in order to try some different things.”
Added Impact U21 captain Dominique Morin: “I’ve never experienced such a large and loud crowd at a game before. We started the game off a little nervous with the large crowd and the good results that Haiti has had recently against Spain and Italy, but we settled down and for the most part, played a good game defensively while still managing to push up the field on occasion.”The game was presented by the Haitian Community Sports Association in collaboration with the Impact and the Haitian Football Association as the Haitian team prepares to play at the Gold Cup tournament later this month. “We are in preparation for the World Cup, so it’s important for us to play a number of quality games,” Haitian assistant coach Pierre Roland Saint-Jean said. “I’d like to congratulate the Impact U21 team, the organizers of this game and all the supporters for making this night a success.” The MLS Impact, which sits in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 9-3-2 record, four points ahead of the New York Red Bulls (7-5-4), returns to action on Saturday when the Colorado Rapids visit Saputo Stadium. – source
Haiti Gold Cup Schedule
- Haiti vs Honduras
July 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm EDT
- Haiti vs Trinidad and Tobago
July 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm EDT
- Haiti vs El Salvador
July 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm EDT