Haiti's National Soccer Team Seek Tents for Home

While training in Texas, members of the team sought a way to lending a helping hand.

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In preparing for a May 5th match against Argentina, members of Haiti's national soccer team have not forgotten the friends and family devastated by the earthquake

After the Haitian national team could not eat another bite of chef-prepared pork or ice cream, and before going back to its cabins at a Texas resort, Coach Jairo Rios asked for a favor: tents. As many as they could haul back to Haiti. Unable to practice in Port-au-Prince since the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed up to 250,000 people, the Haitian team is staying in Texas until its May 5 game against Argentina. Players say a victory is badly needed to boost their country's spirits, even though they are heavy underdogs against one of the top teams in the world. The Texas trip was organized by the nonprofit group San Antonio Sports.

"I eat well here. I sleep well," forward Charles Herold Jr. said in French, speaking through an interpreter. "But I cannot help but think of my friends and family who don't have that. I can't get that off my mind."