In the Haiti preview for this summer’s Copa America Centenario, we review the squad roster, look ahead to the upcoming schedule of games as well as sharing our thoughts on how we think Haiti will do in the tournament.
Manager: Patrice Neveu
Captain: Johnny Placide
Haiti preview: Squad:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Steward Ceus (Minnesota United FC, USA), Luis Valendi Odelus (Aigle Noir, HAI), Johny Placide (Reims, FRA)
DEFENDERS (8): Jean Sony Alcénat (Voluntari, ROM), Judelin Aveska (Atlético Uruguay, ARG), Alex Christian (Vila Real, POR), Romain Genevois (Nice, FRA), Reginal Goreux (Standard Liège, BEL), Kim Jaggy (Aarau, SUI), Mechack Jerome (Jacksonville Armada, USA), Stéphane Lambese (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jean Marc Alexandre (Fort Lauderdale Strikers, USA), Max Hilaire (Cholet, FRA), Kevin Lafrance (Chrobry Głogów, POL), James Marcelin (Carolina RailHawks, USA), Pascal Millien (Jacksonville Armada, USA), Soni Mustivar (Sporting Kansas City, USA), Sony Norde (Mohun Bagan, IND)
FORWARDS (5): Kervens Belfort (1461 Trabzon, TUR), Wilde-Donald Guerrier (Wisła Kraków, POL), Jeff Louis (Caen, FRA), Jean-Eudes Maurice (Hà Nội T&T, VIE), Duckens Nazon (Laval, FRA)
Haiti preview: Overview:
Haiti will be featuring in a Copa America tournament for the first time in the nation’s history this summer and that’s a burgeoning excitement surrounding this squad as they get set to take on some illustrious opposition.
Neveu has a dynamic group of footballers to call upon and a pool of players which seems to be growing in quality year upon year. They tend to sit in and seek to counter-attack sides by utilising their pace in advanced areas, and while holding firm under pressure remains an issue, Haiti are well capable of putting together some thrilling pieces of attacking play.
Their performances are on the rise too, having made it to the knockout stages of last summer’s Gold Cup, when they finished in second place in a difficult group containing the Panama, the United States, and Honduras. They drew with the former and beat the latter, making it into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009.
The challenge will be replicating that precarious blueprint against the South American sides in their group. Neveu’s have shown an increased defensive urgency in their most recent outings and that should bode well for when they try to contain men like Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Antonio Valencia. But that’s come at a cost, with just one goal scored in their last five matches.