CONCACAF Gold Cup team previews, players to watch and schedule

 

Cuba

Qualified: 4th Place, 2014 Caribbean Cup

Head Coach: Raul Gonzalez Triana

To be honest with you, Cuba provides the intrigue for every Gold Cup for which they qualify. Why? Because most of their players are relatively unknown, since coverage of the Caribbean Cup as well as the early 2018 World Cup Qualifying is relatively meager. Not to mention the fact that as soon as a player leaves Cuba, they’re all but done with the team (see Ozzy Alonso).

There are some veterans of the team who are again here, primarily Yenier Marquez who is 36. But given the squad’s lack of experience in international league play, it’s tough to believe they have any real shot to succeed in this tournament.

Player to Watch: Ariel Martinez

Martinez is the only other player besides Marquez on the squad who has scored in a Gold Cup, picking up three against Belize in 2013 (though Jose Ciprian Alfonso and Jaime Colome are both available for call-up after the Group Stage). The Cubans will need players like Martinez to step up if they have any real chance of sneaking out of Group C.

 

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