While much of the furor and focus on youth international play zeroing in on Diego Fagundez and his chances to be cup-tied to Uruguay, the New England Revolution have another young player representing his country at the U-20 level in longtime academy star Zachary Herivaux. Herivaux, who was also eligible to represent both the United States and Japan, is a member of Haiti's squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championships in Jamaica.
Saturday night, Haiti opened up tournament play against Canada and suffered a 3-1 defeat. Herivaux started the match on the bench, but was brought on in the 47th minute with the match locked at 2-1.
Unfortunately for Herivaux, things would not go exactly as he probably hoped. In the 70th minute, Herivaux brought down Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Marco Bustos in the penalty area, and Michael Petrasso buried the spot kick to make it 3-1 and put the match away for the Canadians.
Curiously, Herivaux replaced Haitian forward Jonel Desire. Desire, who plays for AS Mirebalais in Haiti, was the team's goalscorer, heading home a mishandled free kick in the 27th minute. Herivaux is billed as a defender for the national team, and usually plays a defensive midfield role for the Revolution U-18s. The decision to bring him on that early, in a game where Haiti was trailing, and to replace a forward, seems strange at best.
Haiti's next match is Monday night at 8 PM against El Salvador.