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The Nouvelleste | Women’s football: The USA, Haiti’s first obstacle to overcome to hope to go to Oceania

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The Haitian women’s football selection that had flown over the preliminary round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, Australia and New Zealand 2023, beating Guatemala (6-0) respectively; San Vincenzo (11-0); British Virgin Islands (21-0) and Cuba (6-0), played a two-week retreat in San José, followed by two international friendlies against Costa Rica, punctuated by a defeat (1-2) and a victory ( 4-2). It is up to the officers of the FHF, to prepare the Grenadières in the best possible way, and this so that they have the opportunity to overcome the pawn and treat on an equal footing with the giants of their group, namely USA, Mexico and Jamaica.


According to the national coach, Nicolas Delépine: his team, at the end of the two weeks of preparation alongside Costa Rica, is gaining momentum and admits that a very good atmosphere is looming on the horizon for the Grenadières. Back in selection after two years, Ruthny Mathurin believes her teammates will be up to her. Melchie Dumornay is not excluded, she says she is ready to fight against opponents from Haiti specifying to respect the Americans, but she is not afraid for Megan Rapinoe’s teammates.


Workforce from both countries (Haiti and USA)


Around Rapinoe (36 years old); Alexandra Morgan Carrasco (33) and Aubrey Renee Kingsbury (30), the coach of the USA national team, speaking of Vlatko Andonovski, originally from North Macedonia, rejuvenates the star-studded team only by integrating talented footballers, among others, Margaret Purce (26 years old), Sophia Olivia Smith (23 years old), Mallory Diane Pugh (22 years old), Catarina Macario (24 years old), Emily Ann Fox (23 years old) and without forgetting players already confirmed at the highest levels of world football, such as Casey Grace Murphy (26) and Ashley Marie Hatch (27).


As for Haiti, the hard core of its selection is made up of players who have left their mark in Haitian women’s football (U15, U17, U20 and Senior) and who play mostly in France, or in P1 Arkema: Nérilia My wish ; Melchie Dumornay; Batchaba Louis; Roselord Borgella and Kethna Louis and in D2: Roseline Eloissaint; Sherly Jeudy; Mikerline Saint-Felix; Chelsea surprised; Jennyfer Limage; Tabita Joseph and little brother Bethina. In this small exercise, the presence of Milan Pierre-Jérôme, Lara Larco, Claire Constant who is a neophyte and Ruthny Mathurin who are enjoying the best days of their football team at university level in the United States of America should also be noted. .


If the American team seems to have no weaknesses, the situation is quite different for Haiti, which is strengthening its workforce with undoubtedly talented young people (U20), but who have not competed since May 22, 2021 and March 8, 2022. were mocked by the USA (6-0) in the round of 16 of the CONCACAF U20 Championship in the Dominican Republic. Four months, these young Grenadières will be ready to face the car that represents the American team?


Preparation of the two countries (USA – Haiti)


From 23 February to 28 June 2022 the Americans played five friendlies, scoring 28 goals and conceding just one small goal against Uzbekistan in a 9-1 win in the first game before winning the second (9-0). They also hit Iceland (5-0) and recently won against Colombia (3-0) and (2-0) to complete their preparation for the CONCACAF women’s championship to be held in Monterrey, Mexico, from 4th to 18th July.


As for the Haitians, they were entitled to a two-week retreat in Costa Rica, played two international friendlies in passing for a record of defeats (2-1) and a victory defined historic by Nicolas Delépine (4-2). . From February 17 to June 28 they played six games: 5 wins, 1 defeat, 49 goals scored and 4 conceded.


Story of the face to face


From 24 April 1991 at the Sylvio Cator stadium during the first edition of the CONCACAF women’s championship until 28 January 2020, the Americans and Haitians have faced each other five times. During the first match, despite playing at home, the Grenadières were humiliated (10-0) by future world champions. On 28 October 2010, Haiti had halved the goal difference by being beaten (5-0). The two nations had played two more games in 2015, winning (5-0) on September 17 for the Americans who would do it again three days later, on September 20 (8-0). Closer to us, on January 28, 2020, during the final phase of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers, the side of Nérilia, Melchie, Kethna, Batcheba and Roseline Eloissaint who had scored a head goal, but rejected by the central referee, could does not avoid the defeat (0-4) against the American machine. However, it should be noted that this is the smallest score collected by a senior Haitian (female) selection against the United States of America.


Given the history of the face to face of the two selections and the forces (players) present, the Americans have the favors of the prediction. However, the hard core of the Grenadières have fond memories against the Americans in the youth category. To say that, in addition to having undergone adequate preparation in San José, Costa Rica, one must believe that they will not present themselves as scapegoats in the United States of America, and this despite their status as world number in the FIFA rankings and twice World Cup title holders.


The appointment is set for this Monday 4 July at the Estadio Universitario de Nuevo Leon (San Nicolas de los Garza) between the women’s selections of the United States of America and Haiti to get a first idea of ​​the behavior of the Grenadières in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. qualification for the FIFA World Cups Australia and New Zealand 2023 and the Paris Olympics 2024.


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