Trinidad & Tobago ousted in wild Gold Cup playoff

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's goal.

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 Etienne 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.
Haiti -- Romondt; Pompee, Jean-Baptiste, Jerome, Alex; Thuriere (Pierre-Louis 18), Aristide; Etienne (Pierre 92), H.Charles, Belfort (Ambroise 114);  Desire.
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