Thursday, July 11, 2013

Peterson Joseph and Mechack Jerome return with confidence after strong performances with Haiti

The matches might have been friendlies, but the opposition for Peterson Joseph, Mechack Jerome and their countrymen was some of the stiffest in the world.

The two Haitian internationals, who play in the midfield and at right back respectively for Sporting Kansas City, both saw duty for Les Grenadiers as they tuned up for Gold Cup play with a pair of friendlies against Confederations Cup squads Spain and Italy.

Haiti hung tough against Spain's defending World Cup and UEFA champions, losing 2-1 in Miami, and drew the Azzurri 2-2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“When you play against those top players, you get a different sense of their mentality,” Joseph told on Tuesday. “They're very professional. It was very good for me to play against them.”

Jerome also said he was glad for the opportunity to take on the two European powers.

“Those are two of the best teams in the world,” he said. “It was a good experience for me, and now I can come back and help out my team here.”

Haiti's strong showings in the friendlies should give Jerome and Joseph a lift in club play, Sporting manager Peter Vermes said.

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