There were high expectations that Canada could be dark horse contenders at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, but that dream died on Saturday, as they lost 3-2 to Haiti in the quarterfinal round in Houston.
Canada, who had a recent record of considerable futility at the Gold Cup but had spoken of reaching the semifinals this time around, racked up a 2-0 lead courtesy of Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini, but Haiti scored three unanswered goals in the second half, courtesy of Duckens Nazon, Herve Bazile and Wilde-Donald Guerrier, to upend the plans of Les Rouges.
Los Angeles Football Club midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, who sat out Canada’s third group-stage game, did not start in this game either, coming off the bench in the 64th minute. Unfortunately, he went from coming into the game with Canada on a 2-1 lead and played through the rest of the collapse.
The silver lining, perhaps, is that Canada’s exit from the tournament means Kaye is likely to be back with LAFC, perhaps as soon as Wednesday’s game at Sporting Kansas City. You never know, Bob Bradley could opt to give Kaye a bit of time off, but with four games in nine days coming up, it will be an all hands on deck situation and with LAFC coming off a loss, they could use their starting midfielder back sooner than later anyway. So, expect to see him back in the next game or two for the black-and-gold.
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