There's a buzz around the Mexican national team again after El Tri throttled Honduras 4-0 in their 2023 Gold Cup group opener in a sensational display of attacking soccer. They'll look to show that wasn't a fluke when they face Haiti on Thursday.
Mexico interim manager Jaime Lozano has injected enthusiasm and energy after replacing Diego Cocca, and the players have been public about their newfound belief. A victory against Haiti would put them in strong position to win Group B and advance to the knockout rounds as one of the favorites to win the title.
Haiti will have something to say about that after coming from behind to defeat Gold Cup guest participant Qatar in their first match. History is not on their side against Mexico (one win in 12 all-time matches dating to 1971), but they know they can still advance with a result in their group finale against Honduras.
The Sporting News will be following the Mexico vs. Haiti match live, providing updates, commentary and highlights as they happen in Arizona.
Group B standings
The top two teams advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
Mexico vs Haiti live score
|1st Half||Goal scorers|
Mexico (4-3-3, right to left): 13-Ochoa (GK) — 19-J. Sanchez, 4-Alvarez, 5-Vasquez, 23-Gallardo — 14-E. Sanchez, 7-Romo, 18-Chavez — 15-Antuna, 20-Martin, 17-Pineda.
Haiti (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Pierre (GK) — 2-Arcus, 4-Ade, 6-Metusala, 22-Christian — 18-Sainte, 21-Alceus — 14-Picault, 11-Etienne, 9-Nazon — 20-Pierrot
Mexico vs Haiti updates, highlights and commentary from Gold Cup 2023
1 hour, 30 mins to kickoff: According to a reporter on the ground in Glendale, Mexico will field the same lineup they did against Honduras:
Jaime Lozano repite alineación contra Haití pic.twitter.com/52fQbt1GVy— Gerardo Velázquez de León (@gvlo2008) June 30, 2023
2 hours to kickoff: One player Mexico will need to keep an eye on is Haiti attacking midfielder Derrick Etienne, who was born in the USA and plays for Atlanta United. He had two or three good scoring chances against Qatar that he'll believe he should've done better with.
Through the telling of his own story, Derrick Etienne shows how strong the Haitian diaspora’s connection is. Everytime he steps on the field to rep his colors, he does so to make his family and all Haitians proud.
Tune in later tonight as Haiti takes on Mexico at 7pm PST. pic.twitter.com/1Uo8FcdqjA
Mexico vs Haiti lineups
Lozano makes no changes to the side that executed to perfection in his first game in charge against Honduras. Center-back Cesar Montes and left-back Gerardo Arteaga are still suspended for their role in incidents in the Nations League semifinal against the USA. Arteaga will return for the third and final group match, while Montes will be eligible for the quarterfinal.
Mexico starting lineup (4-3-3): 13-Guillermo Ochoa (GK) — 19-Jorge Sanchez, 4-Edson Alvarez, 5-Johan Vasquez, 23-Jesus Gallardo — 14-Erick Sanchez, 7-Luis Romo, 18-Luis Chavez — 15-Uriel Antuna, 20-Henry Martin, 17-Orbelin Pineda.
Mexico subs (10): 1-Jose Antonio Rodriguez (GK), 12-Luis Angel Malagon (GK), 2-Julian Araujo, 21-Israel Reyes, 22-Victor Guzman, 8-Carlos 'Charly' Rodriguez, 16-Diego Lainez, 10-Roberto Alvarado, 9-Ozziel Herrera, 11-Santiago Gimenez.
Haiti's goal is to get out of the group as one of the top two teams, and after beating Qatar, a result against Honduras in the group finale is probably their best chance. For that reason, manager Gabriel Calderon could opt to preserve his top forwards Duckens Nazon and Frantzdy Pierrot for Honduras. Carnejy Antoine, who provided the game-winning assist vs. Qatar as a sub, and Jairo Jean, who also came off the bench, could get the start instead.
Haiti projected lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-Alexandre Pierre (GK) — 2-Carlens Arcus, 4-Ricardo Ade, 6-Garven Metusala, 22-Alex Christian — 18-Carl Sainte, 21-Bryan Alceus — 14-Fafa Picault, 11-Derrick Etienne, 9-Duckens Nazon — 20-Frantzdy Pierrot
Haiti projected subs (12): 23-Garissone Innocent (GK), 12-Josue Duverger (GK), 15-Steven Seance, 3-Jeppe Simonsen, 5-Djimy Alexis, 19-Steeven Saba, 8-Leverton Pierre, 10-Wilde-Donald Guerrier, 17-Danley Jean Jacques, 13-Jairo Jean, 7-Carnejy Antoine, 16-Mondy Prunier
Watch Mexico vs Haiti live stream, TV channel
Here's how to watch the Mexico vs. Haiti group stage match in the USA and Canada:
- Date: Thursday, June 29
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- USA TV channel: FS1, Univision, TUDN
- USA live streaming: Fubo, TUDN site/app, Fox Sports site/app
The Mexico vs. Haiti match will be televised in the USA on FS1 (English), Univision and TUDN (Spanish), with all three channels streaming on Fubo, which offers a free trial for new users.
Fans who are subscribed to cable, satellite or telco packages can use their authenticated credentials to access the match on the Fox Sports and TUDN site and app, as well as Univision NOW.
- Date: Thursday, June 29
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Canada TV channel: Telus Optik TV (Ch. 980)
- Canada live streaming: Fubo Canada, OneSoccer site/app
Fans in Canada can watch Mexico vs. Haiti on OneSoccer, which is carried on Telus Optik TV (Channel 980) and streamed on Fubo Canada.
OneSoccer subscribers can also watch the match on OneSoccer's site and app.