Next thing he knew, Noel's two older brothers--Luckner, 26, and Kenson, 25--were working at city hall in his hometown of Gressier.
But that made Fabrice enemies. In Haiti, every goal can be a political statement, and frequently players must choose one political party over another. In Haiti, a player can get his home burned down before a big game.
I was a star, Noel wrote in his application in 2003. I scored the most goals. Each party wanted me to be its own for its own political gain.
Noel says a supporter of a rival club asked him to come play for his team. Noel refused. He promised to have me killed, Noel wrote.
For his safety, his team hid its star far from town. His mother, Marie Myrlene, missed him terribly but thanked God he was safe. She didn't realize that her family was not.
On Nov. 16, 2002, three armed men came to the Noels' door and shot both Luckner and Kenson in the head and the heart. They left little brother Jackson, who was 12, alive and with a message: Tell Fabrice he is a dead man.
But Fabrice, who was only 16 at the time, was in North Carolina on an international soccer trip. He called home that night to tell his mom he'd be home in two days.
"No!" she wept. "You can't come home!"
In that instant there were no more home games. Threatened with death if Fabrice didn't return, the family has gone into hiding.
Fabrice got a ride to South Florida, where a cousin lived, and vowed to give up soccer forever.