Haiti Overcomes Hurdles in Bid for World Cup Berth

Haitian women players are training for the CONCACAF championship, which also serves as a qualifying tournament for the World Cup.

updated: October 11, 2014 15:29 IST
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In this Oct. 6, 2014, photo, Haitian national women's soccer team players practice in South Bend, Ind. From left are Sam Brand, Sindy Jenau, Yvrose Gervil, Shanna Hudson, and Yurose Borgella.

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South Bend, Indiana: The Haitian women gather in a circle on the grass at the edge of the soccer field, put their arms around their teammates' shoulders and bow their heads in prayer.

They pray for the families they've been away from since March. They pray for their impoverished country that is still recovering four years after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake killed tens of thousands. Most immediately, though, they pray they play well enough to become the first team from their country to qualify for the women's World Cup next year in Canada.

"We are so grateful because we are still alive," midfielder Woodlyne "Ketura" Robuste said. "We thank God for everything."

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