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Matchday: US vs Cuba

The US can clinch passage to the next stage of CONCACAF qualifying, the Hexagonal with a victory tonight versus Cuba. Cuba is the weakest team the US will fact in World Cup qualifying: in fact Cuba is probably weaker than Barbados who the US crushed 8-0 at the Home Depot Center in June, before struggling to beat in Bridgetown a week later. Both Trinidad and Tobago as well as Guatemala have had their way with the Cubans in previous qualifiers yet the US struggled down in Havana. What lineup will Bob Bradley field today? Will we see Jozy Altidore, Jose Francisco Torres or Freddy Adu? Will we continue to see the bucket formation?

Also tonight Mexico faces a very tough test in Kingston against Jamaica. Jamaica must win all three remaining games to have a chance of advancing. Honduras hosts Canada in a game that could go a long way to ensuring Honduras returns to the Hexagonal after being eliminated at this stage in 2006 qualifying. Trinidad’s trip to Guatemala is massive with the victor of that match holding the inside track on qualification to the Hexagonal. Both sides are currently on 4 points.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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