former Atlanta United coach will be suspended from the bench for the semifinal against Haiti after he picked up his second yellow of the tournament. Under new rules introduced in 2018, coaches and
members of their staffs can be formally issued yellow or red cards instead of warnings or ejections.
Canada appeared to be in complete control of the first game, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by young star Jonathan David, who was born in Brooklyn to Haitian parents, and Lucas Cavallini, but sloppy defending allowed Haiti back in the match in the second half.
A poor backpass by Canadian defender Marcus Godinho allowed Haitian Duckens Nazon to sneak in and reduce the deficit to one goal in the 50th minute. After a Godinho foul inside the box, Herve Bazile equalized in the 70th minute, and six minutes later Haiti amazingly pulled ahead on a goal by Wilde-Donald Guerrier.
The loss is a huge setback for Canada under new coach John Herdman.
"We are all gutted," he said. "We are disappointed in that second-half performance because we gave Haiti everything that they wanted. We've got all the talent here, but at the end of the day Haiti were very direct and made it difficult for us. That was tough.
Five Haiti players came out of U.S. youth ranks: Andrew Jean Baptiste, Steeven Saba, Frantzdy Pierrot, Derrick Etienne and Zachary Herivaux. In addition, two players play for USL teams: Jems Geffrard (Fresno FC) and Bicou Bissainthe (North Texas SC).