Victory Tour Update: USWNT to Play Haiti instead of Australia

Carli Lloyd scores the first goal against Haiti on October 20, 2014. The USWNT won 6-0.(Photo: USA Today Images)

By MC Bousquette

The USWNT will take on Haiti instead of Australia in the next two Victory Tour games on September 17th and September 20th in Detroit, MI, and Birmingham, AL respectively. The United States defeated Haiti by a considerable margin each of the last four times they’ve faced off in CONCACAF competition.

What Happened to Australia?

The change is due to a strike from the Australian Women’s National team as they continue their fight for better treatment from their federation. USWNT players past and present have offered their support for the Matildas:

Why is Haiti a convenient choice to replace Australia for the Victory Tour matches?

Because much of the side doesn’t have far to travel.

Wait, what?

The Haitian women’s national team has an incredible story – the team was training in Haiti when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck their country. The earthquake utterly devastated Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands, ruining countless homes, and destroying the nation’s infrastructure. The team’s coach lost his life in the earthquake. Instead of giving up, the side persevered, winning the Caribbean Cup that year.

After the earthquake, Coach Shek Borkowski, skipper of WPSL Elite League side FC Indiana, reached out to the Haitian team and offered to coach the national team. He brought in a significant portion of the Haitian national team to play for FC Indiana as well, which is where they still play today.

For more about the Haitian Women’s National Team and the difficulties through which it has persevered, check out Ray Curren’s excellent piece from 2013 Our Game Magazine.