BALTIMORE, Maryland – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz clipped Haiti 1-0 in their quarter-final encounter to book their spot in the semis of CONCACAF Gold Cup at the M&T Bank Stadium here on Saturday. He started all four games in Jamaica’s run to the Caribbean Cup championship last fall but wasn’t called in for the Reggae Boyz’s three Copa América games last month despite being added to their preliminary roster.
The best player on Jamaica has easily been goalkeeper Dwayne Miller who missed the second half of Jamaica’s last match against El Salvador with a head injury.
On the other hand, Haiti barely came through in Group A. They faced Panama in their first match of the competiton, resulting in a 1-1 draw to gain their first point.
Asked his opinion of the warming relations between the United States and Cuba, he said: “I hope the changes will lead to friendlier relations, but I couldn’t wait”.
The Haitians pushed the tempo and had several good opportunities to score, coming closest to an equaliser at the 24th minute when Duckens Nazon hit a low shot from the top of the penalty box against the base of the upright. Ironically, a 2-2 draw against the United States in the final group stage match of that tournament also helped Haiti advance past the group stage.
For Haiti, the population thats waiting for us right now, it means a lot for them, Marcelin continued.
“They’re two teams that are very different in their approach”.
The pair have never met in the Gold Cup finals and, although Jamaica did record a 3-0 success in the qualifying tournament for the 2003 competition, that will count for little against a Haiti side clearly full of spirit. They will need to be physical and take the match to the Jamaicans early on.
Jamaica was not without its chances as striker Dawkins saw his effort flash wide of the post just past the half-hour mark.
Haiti’s Wilde-Donald Guerrier, left, chases after the ball alongside Jamaica’s Kemar Lawrence during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer quarterfinal, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Baltimore. It can be live streamed here.