Friday, June 23, 2017

Haiti, Ecuador, much on the line in Copa matchup

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Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, USA (sentinel.ht) – Win, lose or draw, Haiti will be going home after Sunday night’s game. Eliminated after two losses in group play, The Grenadiers hope to leave the Copa American Centenario with at least a win, but their opponent, Ecuador, feels it has more on the line.

The game is to be played on June 12 2016 at 6:30 pm. In East Rutherford, NJ, the Ecuadorians need a win to go on to the tournament. Haiti has already been eliminated but face an overwhelming pressure to prove they belong in the big leagues.

The three Haitian strikers Duckens Nazon, Jean-Eudes Maurice and Kervens Belfort have a lot to prove. Each can play well, blessed with a speed and strength that is rare in soccer. But they have shown a lack of communication on the field and that disrupts flow, leans on individual play and creates turnovers. They will have to trust each other to win.

For Ecuador there are these possible scenarios explained by Nicholas Rosano at MLSSoccer.com:

A loss or a draw for Ecuador against Haiti will knock them out, full stop, as they have two points as opposed to four for Brazil and Peru. A win for Haiti would put them on three points, also not good enough to advance.

Should Ecuador win and one of Peru or Brazil win their game, then Ecuador would go through in second place with the winner of the late game going through in first.

If Ecuador win, and Peru and Brazil draw, then it gets tricky, as three teams would all have five points. Goal differential is the first tiebreaker, with Ecuador at 0, Peru at +1 and Brazil at +6 after two games. That means, if Ecuador win by two or more and Peru and Brazil tie, Ecuador would go through ahead of Peru, but would need to win by six or seven goals to claim first place from Brazil. But if Ecuador (who have scored two goals so far) win by just one goal, Peru (who have scored three) would just have to score the same number of goals in their tie as Ecuador would in their one-goal win to go through on the second tiebreaker, which is goals scored.

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About The Author

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.