FRISCO – North Texas SC midfielder Bicou Bissainthe made his senior debut for the Haitian national team on Monday, June 24 against Costa Rica in the country’s final group stage match of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Although Costa Rica took the lead in the 13th minute, Haiti refused to lie down for the group favorites and levelled the score through a Duckens Nazon penalty three minutes before the hour mark. Haiti continued to search for the game winner and eventually found it 10 minutes from time when Djimy Alexis arrived at the back post to hammer home his first goal of the tournament.
The 2-1 victory over Costa Rica meant Haiti finished top of Group B with three wins from three games—its first group win in Gold Cup history. It was also a historic night for Bicou Bissainthe and North Texas SC. Bissainthe entered the match in the 79th minute to make his international and Gold Cup debut for Haiti, becoming the first North Texas SC player to represent his country at the senior international level.
“I am happy (to make my debut) but the most important thing is to help the team, that’s why I’m so motivated,” Bissainthe said after the match. “I’m young, I’m still a U-20 player, so to play in the Gold Cup is a great achievement for me.”
Although it was a special night for Bissainthe on a personal level, he understood that he—and his teammates—are competing with an entire nation behind them.
“It’s a lot of motivation,” Bissainthe said. “Our country is poor, there are many problems, so every time we play, we try to make the people happy because football is the only thing that makes people happy in Haiti right now.”
Prior to his inclusion in Haiti’s Gold Cup squad, Bissainthe had only played at the youth international level. Since moving to North Texas earlier this year, Bissainthe has become an important part of Eric Quill’s team which sits atop the USL League One standings. Bissainthe’s nine League One appearances were no doubt a factor in his Gold Cup call-up and his subsequent senior international debut Monday night.
“I’m proud, and North Texas SC is proud also, as well as my country,” Bissainthe said. “It’s a great motivation for me and I’m very happy to be at North Texas.”