FRISCO-- North Texas SC midfielder Bicou Bissainthe and Haiti will make their 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup debut Sunday against Bermuda at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. Kickoff is scheduled at 5 PM and the game will air live on FS2 in English and Univision en Español.
This the 20-year-old’s first call up to his nation’s senior side, although Bissainthe did play in four matches and scored three times at the 2018 CONCACAF Championship for Haiti’s U-20 National Team.
In its most recent trio of international friendlies, Haiti fell 1-0 to El Salvador and 2-1 to Chile before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Guyana in Costa Rica. Les Grenadiers were the most successful side in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying--the phase that grants qualification to the Gold Cup-- by finishing top of the table with 12 points, no defeats and a +17 goal differential, tied with Canada.
Bermuda played just one game prior to the Gold Cup, a 1-0 home win over Guyana. The Gombey Warriors finished fifth overall in Nations League qualifying with nine points and lost only once to Aruba.
Gold Cup History:
Haiti have made it as far as the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup three times (2002, 2009, 2015). They won the former CONCACAF Championship--which ran from 1963-1989--in 1973 on home soil.
In contrast, this year will be Bermuda’s first appearance at the Gold Cup.
The all-time series between these two teams tips in favor of Haiti, who has a 3-1-1 record against Bermuda.
Players To Watch:
Bissainthe has been a mainstay on the North Texas SC gameday rosters this season, appearing in every USL League One match he has been available for making six substitute appearances and three starts. A graduate of the Real Hope Academy in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, Bissainthe is mainly used as a defensive midfielder and occasionally central midfielder for North Texas.
Bissainthe will play alongside Mechack Jérôme (El Paso Locomotive), Jems Geffrard (Fresno FC), Zachary Herivaux (New England Revolution) and Derrick Etienne (New York Red Bulls).
On the other side, Bermuda’s attack has Charleston Battery’s Zeiko Lewis, who led the team in scoring with four goals during Nations League qualifying.