Here is Haiti’s 13-man roster and each player’s club team.
Goalkeepers: Johnny Placide (Reims), Steward Ceus (Minnesota United), Luis Valendi Odelus (Aigle Noir)
Defenders: Jean Sony Alcenat (Voluntari), Judelin Aveska (Atletico Uruguay), Reginal Goreaux (Standard Liege), Kim Jaggy (Aarau), Alex Junior Christian (Vila Real), Mechak Jerome (Jacksonville Armada), Romain Genevois (Nice), Stephane Lambese (PSG)
Midfielders: Jean Alexandre (Fort Lauderdale Strikers), Max Hilaire (Cholet), Soni Mustivar (Sporting Kansas City), James Marcelin (Carlona Railhawks), Pascal Millien (Jacksonville Armada), Sony Norde (Mohun Bagan), Kevin Lafrance (Chrobry Glogow)
Attackers: Kervens Belfort (1461 Trabzon), Duckens Nazon (Laval), Jeff Louis (Caen), Jean-Eudes Maurice (Sai Gon), Wilde-Donald Guerrier (Wisla Krakow)
The Skinny: Haiti are probably not going to do very well at the Copa America.
Looking up and down their roster, not many names stand out. There Jean-Eudes Maurice, who was on PSG’s roster for six years, but only made 34 appearances and scored only one goal. However in international play, he has netted Haiti twelve goals in 23 appearances, a respectable record. He will be joined up front by Duckens Nazon, who scored Haiti’s only two goals in the Gold Cup last year, and Kervens Belfort, who has 11 goals in 30 appearances for Haiti.
Former PSG man Jean-Eudes Maurice will lead the line for the Haitian team at the Copa America
Haiti has struggled mightily in World Cup qualifying. They have yet to score a goal in any matches, and their only positive result was a 0-0 draw against Panama. While Haiti has trouble scoring, they tend to keep games close by conceding very few goals. Through qualifiers so far, the Haitians have yet to concede more than one goal in a game.
While Haiti will need to score goals to win games, if they can keep it close like they have, they will give themselves a chance. They surprised everyone at the Gold Cup last year when they advanced to the knockout stages by beating Honduras 1-0 and drawing Panama 1-1. If they can keep teams like Peru, Ecuador and even Brazil from scoring, all it will take is one breakthrough from one of their strikers to shock the world. And it seems the stars may have aligned themselves for the Haitians, because all of the teams in their group are missing notable attacking threats.
Brazil is without Neymar, Ecuador is without Felipe Caicedo, and even Peru is missing their two biggerst threats, Jefferson Farfan and Claudio Pizzaro. Who knows when the next time is that Haiti will have a chance to capitalize quite like this one. If they can nick a few goals, they could shake up the tournament.
However, based on their scoring record, the Haitians probably will not win any games. Their best chance at getting points comes in their opening game against Peru.
Key Performers: Kervens Belfort, Duckens Nazon, Jean-Eudes Maurice
Predicted Finish in Group B: Fourth Place