It looks as though the New England Revolution will not be represented in the North American delegation to the U-20 World Cup, nor at the next stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championships. Zachary Herivaux and Haiti lost to Honduras on Monday night in Montego Bay by a 3-2 scoreline, assuring them that no matter their result against Mexico on Thursday, they cannot advance from the group stages.
Herivaux played 90 minutes for the third straight match, but it was his clumsy challenge in the 71st minute on Michaell Chirinos that allowed Bryan Rochez to score the game-winning goal from the penalty spot. Chirinos cut to the byline on Herivaux, and the latter committed to a challenge that caught Chirinos in the leg and cut him down.
Honduras opened the scoring early with a 5th-minute goal from Alberth Ellis, who found himself alone between Herivaux and one of his defensive partners to head home an excellent whipping cross dealt in by Junior Lacayo. Chirinos then got a goal in the 38th minute after Haiti goalkeeper Guitho Charles whiffed on a cross and allowed Chirinos to simply bundle the ball home.
Haiti mounted a spirited comeback, though, lead by their star of the tournament, Jonel Desire. The forward first pounced on a horrific back-pass by Luis Santos just outside the box and smashed home his first goal of the match. In the 68th minute, he buried the rebound from his own penalty kick to level the scores in a dramatic comeback.
While Herivaux's had his ups and downs in this tournament, conceding two penalties but also putting in about three-and-a-half full matches and earning a penalty himself, Desire has done nothing but showcase talent on a squad that is not exactly brimming with class. He has demonstrated a finishing touch and the ability to create both for himself and others, which may raise his stock in the eyes of bigger regional powers.
Zach Herivaux and his teammates will have a chance to go out on a high note on Thursday evening when they face a Mexico side that has clinched first place in the group and a spot in the Championship match.