FRISCO, Texas. – Martinique might have bowed out of the Gold Cup competition, but it did write itself into the tournament’s history books. Kevin Fortune scored for Martinique in 53rd minute, tying the score at 1-1 against Haiti. He didn’t know at the time, but he actually scored the 1000th goal in the tournament.
Although Les Matininowould ultimately suffer a 2-1 defeat against Les Grenadiers, Fortune is happy to be a small part of the Gold Cup’s history.
“I’m happy that I scored the goal, but sad about the result,” Fortune explained. “We thought we could do better against Haiti. The good is to take the positives and keep our heads up about it.”
Fortune was pleased the squad was able to make a mark in a positive way on the Gold Cup. The current version of the tournament began in 1991 and the competition is now the premier showcase for Concacaf teams.
The 1000th Gold Cup goal was a well-taken header by Fortune. Martinique can take some positives out of a hard-fought battle with Haiti.
“I didn’t know when I scored it,” said Fortune of the historical achievement. “I was told at the end of the game. I’m happy, but now, we need to get back to work and need to improve to do better in more tournaments.”
The Gold Cup history books will always remember that the 1,000th goal was scored by a player who played for Martinique.
“It’s a small consolation, but I hope the Martinique people will at least be happy about that,” Fortune said.