Lions Defender Ralph Angrand Represents Haiti Olympic Team
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 8:07 pm

Boston City defender Ralph Angrand represented the Haiti National Olympic Team on Sunday and now has his sights set on a call up to his country’s Under-23 and full national teams.

Having made five appearances for Boston City in 2016, at either right back or in the center of defense, Angrand returned the squad midway through the 2017 season, making three appearances, including a start in a 3-1 away win at Seacoast United Mariners.

He played in Haiti’s a 2-2 draw against Boston University in front of 2,311 fans on Sunday evening at the 11th-annual Terrier Tailgate.

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“It is just amazing after moving to the U.S. years ago, to get a call back to the national team,” said Ralph.  “Haiti has always been in my heart and always will, so it is such an honor to have worn the colors of my country and represent it the best way I know how.

“They have been watching me for months now after I won the Barcelona international Cup and played for Boston City for two seasons.  I spoke with the director of the national team and he told me they would try me with the U23 team soon to see if I’m capable of representing them in the senior level and that’s exactly what I displayed last night on the pitch.”

Ralph has played for Haiti at Under 17 level.  He moved to the United States aged 15 and attended Hyde Park high school where he was the captain of the varsity team and was twice named player of the year.

Olympic qualifying squads are limited to players under the age of 23, except for three overage players.  The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo and Haiti has never participated, but did reach the final round of qualifying in 2015.  Haiti's national team currently ranks 55th in the FIFA World Rankings.  


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