Trinidad & Tobago was eliminated from Gold Cup contention when it lost its second game at home in overtime, falling to Haiti, 4-3, on former MLS defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste
T&T twice blew one-goal leads in the first half but still had a chance after 90 minutes as the CFU rules required that a draw after 90 minutes wasn't sufficient. (Since the Soca Warriors
needed to win by two goals, the bizarre rules in the three-team tournament -- Suriname split with T&T and Haiti -- set up the scenario of the Soca Warriors being better off drawing after 90
minutes than going for a one-goal win.)
The loss was T&T's third in four games over two weeks for new Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet
, who dropped several key players. Haiti wasn't
exactly in better shape as its new coach, Josaphat Jean Claude
, was only appointed two weeks ago, and four players were no-shows.
New York Red Bulls youngster Derrick
scored the first goal for Haiti, which will face the No. 5 team from Central America in a playoff later in the year for the 12th spot at the Gold Cup. Jan. 8 in Couva Trinidad & Tobago 3 Haiti 4.
Goals: Winchester 1, 25, 112; Etienne 20, Belfort 39, 111, Andrew Jean-Baptiste
117. Trinidad & Tobago --
Foncette; Edwards (A.Jones 21), Abu Bakr, Ford (Hector 91), David; George, Boucaud; Lewis, Andrews (Caesar 68), T.Charles (Glen 56); Winchester.
Romondt; Pompee, Jean-Baptiste, Jerome, Alex; Thuriere (Pierre-Louis 18), Aristide; Etienne (Pierre 92), H.Charles, Belfort (Ambroise 114); Desire.