In this country, a star athlete might get some hate mail, a few boos, maybe a battery chucked at him if he turns down an offer from another team.
In Haiti, Fabrice Noel's two brothers got killed for it.
That was almost three years ago now. Three years since Noel has seen his family. Three years since he's seen his friends or slept in his own bed.
God gave me ... soccer, Noel wrote in his application for political asylum in the U.S., but it has caused the death of my two brothers and probably will cause the death of my mom and dad, my younger brother and possibly me.
And yet he knows the trap: Soccer is the only way he can save his family.
"You can see he's suffering," says Fernando Clavijo, Noel's coach on the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, who signed him this year for $1,500 a month, most of which Noel sends to his family. "Everything he does is to try to save his family."
It's one of those stories that hurts just to tell.
Fabrice Noel was a young legend in Haiti, a professional at 14, the leading scorer in his league, the star of Racing Club Ha�tien, one of the two most popular teams in the country. He was so popular that then Haitian president Ren� Pr�val asked to meet him.
According to Noel, the president asked him, "What do you want?"
"A job for my brothers," Noel answered.