As if losing to the U.S. men's national soccer team in the Gold Cup's Group A wasn't bad enough, Haiti also will have to face a critical match for second place without two of its 23 players, the Haiti Football Federation confirmed.
Defender Jean Jacques Pierre and midfielder Jeff Louis missed their flight from Boston to Kansas City and will not be on the field Monday in the 7 p.m. matchup between Haiti and Honduras.
This is not a case of Haitian players defecting, like Cuban athletes have done in the past, the federation said in a statement on its Facebook page.
"It is a case of undisciplined players being dissatisfied with their status on the team," said Carlo Marcelin, secretary general of the federation.
CONCACAF and FIFA both have been notified, and an investigation is under way, Marcelin added.
Pierre was team captain of Les Grenadiers.