On Friday, March 14, 2008, the U23 national team played Canada in California in the fourth and final round of the Beijing Olympic Games qualifiers. Led (0-1), the Haitian Espoirs had managed the blow by winning (2-1) with a jewel of Leonel Saint-Preux 5 minutes from the end of the match.
For the final phase of the playoffs In 2008, the Haitian selection defended its qualification in a group composed of Mexico, Canada and Guatemala. The draw was held on 18 December 2007 at CONCACAF headquarters in New York. Haiti was therefore in Group B whose matches were to be played at the stadium of the Los Angeles Galaxie team, in Carson, California.
After having won his qualification against Jamaica in October 2007, the National Onze U23 had to compete on the American territory the big stables of America. It must be said that it was during a qualifying tournament that took place from March 11 to 23, 2008 and determined the two teams that would represent North America, Central America and the Caribbean during the 2008 summer clay games.
In group A, we found the USA, Cuba, Honduras and Panama. The first two of this group went on to face the two winners of the group in which they played.
The group retained by Wilner Etienne for this final phase:
Johny Placide, Olrish Saurel, Paral Warrior , Marc-Aurel Sampeur, Sony Nordé, Bidrece Azor, Alain Gustave, Alain Vubert, Leonel Saint Preux, Jackson Jean, Jean Francois Lescinel, James Marcelin, Jackson Jean, Raymond Ednerson, Judelin Aveska, Fritzon Jean Baptiste and Fabrice Noel  After a 0-1 loss to the Guatemalans to start, Jonhy Placide and his partners had Canada in the sights with the goal of staying alive in the tournament. Player of the Zenith of Cap-Haitien at that time, Leonel Saint-Preux had entertained the public of the Home Depot Center Carson, scoring a goal of 35 meters leaving the goalkeeper Joshua Wagenaar sheepishly. This golazo allowed the national team to win with difficulty (2-1). If the Canadians had started hostilities in the 18th through Tyler Rosenlund, Wilner Etienne's protégés would equalize thanks to Alain Gustave (72) before Saint-Preux realized this golazo that we just spoke in the 84th minute
It was a logical success, considering the course of the game, but a big surprise for the Canadian press. It must be said that in the end, Canada had indeed validated his ticket to the semifinals with a final victory (5-0) against Guatemala, who was already qualified with 6 points. Mexico had 4 units as the Canadian team but the difference in goal forced the Aztecs out of the competition prematurely. Note that the young Mexicans had atomized the national team on their way (5-1), with a Johny Placide of great night, despite everything, stopping several attempts, even a penalty from Cesar Villaluz.