The U-20 has launched a new campaign after the disastrous past two years where all Haitian teams were eliminated from the major regional tournaments. The girls are currently facing Anguilla and the score is already approaching double digits. This type of encounters in the preliminary rounds are more like sparring sessions since the Caribbean teams are very unequal. Cuba already beat Dominica 10-0 and we expect Haiti dispatch Anguilla with an even bigger score.
All 4 teams are trying to earn the only berth to the second round or finals in St-Kitts and Nevis in November. The teams forming the other two groups are host Bermuda, Jamaica, and Curacao in group B and host Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, and Antigua. The favorites are certainly the usual suspects Haiti and Jamaica. However, with JoAnnie Ramos and 9 other US-based players in its roster, Puerto Rico will probably seek to fight fire with fire, especially versus bitter rival Dominican Republic.
Nerilia Mondesir who plays pro at Monpellier in France will lead the girls. The phenomenal Haitian striker is favorite to win the golden boot of the tournament.
Update: Haiti 16, Anguilla 0.
Haiti 3 Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico 4 Cuba 0
Haiti u-17 can now afford at most a 2-goal lost on Friday to Cuba and still finish first in the group and earn a spot in the Concacaf final round.
They already beat Puerto Rico 3-0 to win the head-to-head encounter. A 2-goal lost will have Haiti at +1 and Puerto Rico at + 1 goal, and Haiti would have move on based on the head to head encounter
Congrats to the girls.
Se pa dekourajman. Se sa mwen we.