Haiti will be the home team in Group A at Miami's Orange Bowl.
For Haiti's first ever game at the Gold Cup in 2000, a crowd of almost 50,000, most of them Haitian supporters, turned up at
the Orange Bowl to watch the USA beat Haiti, 3-0.
Haiti enters the Gold Cup as arguably the hottest team in CONCACAF. Its victory in the Digicel CUF Cup final in January touched off wild
celebrations in Port-au-Prince. (Its U-17 team qualified for this summer's world championship in South Korea, knocking out defending world champion Mexico, in one of the biggest upsets in CONCACAF
history at any level.)
The architect of Haiti's revival is 39-year-old Luis Armelio Garcia
, who previously worked in his native Cuba and Guadeloupe.
Former Colorado Rapids midfielder Alexandre Boucicaut
, Fucien Brunel
and speedster Eliphene Cadet
all had great CUF Cups. Another former Rapid, Miami-bred Fabrice Noel
, was also called up for the Gold Cup.
players include Frantz Bertin
of Atletico Madrid (Spain), Jean-Jacques Pierre
of Nantes (France) and Jean-Philippe Peguero
, who joined Broendby of Denmark from MLS's MetroStars. A pair of Miami FC players will be right at home playing for Haiti in Miami: goalie
and defender Stephane Guillaume
. GOLD CUP
1 wins, 3 losses, 1 ties HAITI ROSTER: Goalkeepers:
Gabart Fenelon (Miami FC/USA), Peterson Occenat (Violette), Jonas Simeon (Tempete); Defenders:
Frantz Bertin (Atl. Madrid/ESP), Pierre-Richard Bruny (Don Bosco), Frantz Gilles (Cavaly), Stephane Guillaume (Miami FC/USA), Windsor Noncent (no club), Jean-Jacques Pierre
(Nantes/FRA), Ednerson Raymond (Baltimore de St.-Marc), Olrish Saurel (Don Bosco); Midfielders:
Jean Sony Alcenat (Aigle Noir), J. Michel Alexandre
Boucicaut (Violette), Mones Chery (Racing Club Haiten), Brunel Fucien (Aigle Noir), Peter Germain (Baltimore de St.-Marc), James Marcelin (Racing Club Haiten), Turlien Romulus (Cavaly), Pierre
Roland St. Jean (Baltimore de St.-Marc), Alain Vubert (Baltimore de St.-Marc); Forwards:
Eliphene Cadet (Tempete FC), Fabrice Noel (no club), Ricardo
Pierre-Louis (no club).
Coach: Luis Armelio GARCIA (Cuba).