MIAMI, Florida – Haitian club Arcahaie made history in 2020 by becoming the first Caribbean team to reach the semifinals of the Scotiabank Concacaf League when they eliminated Jamaican side Waterhouse in the Round of 16 and reigning Canadian Premier League champions Forge FC in the quarterfinals.
Those two victories also earned Arcahaie their first ever berth in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, becoming the fourth team from Haiti to qualify for the tournament.
Yet none of this would have been possible without the stellar play of GK Guerry Romondt.
The 35-year-old shot-stopper has been an anchor for his side during the tournament, conceding just two goals.
But more importantly for Arcahaie is Romondt’s knack for coming up with the big save in the big moment, a prime example being the two saves he made in the 4-2 penalty shootout victory against Forge FC in the quarterfinals. Romondt saved the first two Forge attempts, paving the way for victory and SCCL qualification.
This is a quality that Romondt has shown for years in Concacaf competition, going back as far as the 2011 CFU Club Champions’ Cup.
In the Elimination Stage of that year’s tournament, Romondt, then a member of Haiti’s Tempete FC, made three saves in a 3-2 penalty shootout victory over Trinidad and Tobago’s Caledonia AIA.
A round later in the semifinals, Romondt once again would come through in the clutch in securing a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Defence Force of Trinidad and Tobago, before earning a 4-2 penalty shootout win to qualify for the 2011/12 SCCL.
Even though Tempete were eliminated in the Preliminary Round of the 2011/12 SCCL by Mexican club Morelia, Romondt provided a memorable performance in Tempete’s narrow 2-0 loss in the second leg in Morelia with five sensational saves to keep his team within striking distance.
Fast forward more than nine years, in addition to guiding Arcahaie to the 2020 SCL semifinals, Romondt made three saves in a 4-2 penalty shootout win over AS Capoise on Sunday to earn Arcahaie a place in the final of the Ligue Haitienne.
Now almost a decade later, Romondt is proving that he is better than ever and for Arcahaie, that means the sky is the limit.