Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Haiti stellar in 2-0 Gold Cup win over Trinidad and Tobago

MIAMI GARDENS — Haiti forward Jean Eudes Maurice has had a hard time breaking onto the first team for his club squad, Paris Saint-Germaine.

He's been lent out, put on the reserve squad and moved all around the pitch, but no matter what's been done, Maurice, 27, hasn't produced: he has scored only two professional goals in six seasons.

Maybe PSG should let Maurice play his League 1 games in a Haitian National Team jersey, because he's had no problem scoring for Les Grenadiers.

Maurice's two goals lifted Haiti to a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Friday in the second game of Group B play in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Gold Cup at Sun Life Stadium, continuing the island nation's stellar form of late.

The two goals gave Maurice 11 in 14 international games for his country, and put previously winless Haiti (1-1, three points) in position to advance to the tournament's knockout stage.

Maurice was Johnny-, or rather Jean-on-the spot, in the must-win game, netting two sitters, gifted by both Haiti's strong attacking play and Trinidad and Tobago's shoddy defense.

The first goal, a 16th-minute tap-in, was created by a whistling shot from 35 yards out by Haiti midfielder Jeff Louis.

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