Haiti Holds On For Draw Against Panama

Haiti held on for a draw against Panama.
Haiti held on for a draw against Panama.

News Americas, FRISCO, TEXAS, Weds. July 8, 2015: FRISCO, TEXAS: Haiti’s soccer squad last night held on for a draw against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.

Duckens Nazon took a long pass down the right side and beat defender Harold Cummings with a move to the inside before shooting to the far post, past goalkeeper Jaime Peneda in the 85th minute and give Haiti a 1-1 draw.

Panama, runner-up to the U.S. in the 2013 Gold Cup, opened the scoring in the 55th minute of the Group A match. Alberto Quintero scored from just outside the penalty area when defender Reginal Goreux failed to clear the ball.

It was the first draw in seven openers for Panama, which outshot Haiti 7-2. Haiti has two draws and four losses in Gold Cup openers.

Thanks to the head of forward Clint Dempsey, the US national team kicked off their 2015 Gold Cup slate by earning three points in a 2-1 win Tuesday night over Honduras at Toyota Stadium.

Placed alongside regional heavyweights Honduras, Panama and the defending champion United States in Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Haiti’s Les Grenadiers faces a testing road in its sixth tournament appearance.

On Friday, Pascal Millien and the rest of the Haitian football team will face the United States National Team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Friday, July 10 as part of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader.

Game time is 8:30 p.m. for fans seeking to attend or follow the action.

The match will be preceded by the day’s first game between Panama and the winner of the play-off series between French Guiana and Honduras at 6 p.m.

Haiti will then play Honduras in Kansas City on July 13th.