After the match against Costa Rica, the U.S. players met up with their Haitian counterparts outside the locker rooms before they boarded the bus to give each player a backpack stuffed with soccer gear, clothes, toiletries and other items. The Haitians had stayed to watch the U.S. match after losing out to the Cayman Islands 1-0 earlier in the evening.
In contrast with their first meeting after the U.S. victory in the opening match of the tournament, this exchange was marked more by smiles than tears. U.S. defender Olivia Brannon read aloud a letter, which was translated into Creole by a translator, and the players mingled, chatted and hugged despite the language barrier. Each U.S. player also gave two pairs of cleats to each of the Haitian players which were generously donated by the U.S. Women's National Team and Nike.
Haiti's participation in the tournament, despite the tragic earthquake, has been an inspiration to all the teams in the competition. To donate to the continued relief efforts in Haiti, please visit the American Red Cross' web site.
Below are a few photos from the touching encounter: