FRISCO – North Texas SC midfielder Bicou Bissainthe and Haiti will play its third and final group stage game of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup against Costa Rica on June 24. Kickoff is set for 8PM from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, and the game will be broadcasted on FS1 in English and UniMás en Español.
Bissainthe, one of North Texas SC and the Haiti U-20 national team’s regulars, has yet to take the pitch for Haiti’s senior side.
Monday could be his big chance, however, as several Haitian players may get rest as they try to avoid the accumulation of yellow cards so as to not miss out on their quarterfinal bout.
Both Frantzdy Pierrot and the New York Red Bulls’ Derrick Etienne currently have a yellow card each and one more could earn them a one-match suspension.
A player that heavily takes on the ‘No. 6’ role with NTSC, Bissainthe could provide Haiti with some defensive attributes in the midfield as they face Group B favorites Costa Rica.
Les Bicolores beat Bermuda, 2-1, in their first group stage match before making it two straight wins against Nicaragua, 2-0, at Toyota Stadium on June 20. Haiti has yet to concede more than at most one goal in its past three matches and has scored at least twice in the same time frame.
Los Ticos started off their Gold Cup campaign with a 4-0 rout over Nicaragua before defeating Bermuda by 2-1 in Frisco. Costa Rica is one of six Concacaf teams to qualify for this year’s Gold Cup via its placement in last year’s Hexagonal, finishing in second place behind Mexico.
Costa Rica takes the all-time series between these two countries with a 8-1-4 record all-time against Haiti.
Battle for the Top Spot
Haiti and Costa Rica are both already qualified for the quarterfinals, but now both must face off in a match for the top spot in Group B.
Both teams find themselves with six points apiece. Haiti will have to play for the win to get first place as a tie would favor Costa Rica, who have a +5 goal differential while Haiti have +3.
The leader of the group will advance to face Canada in the quarterfinals on June 29, with the runner up receiving the more intractable Mexico on the same day.