Category: Cuba

USA beat Cuba 2-0 in historic football friendly in Havana

Havana (AFP) – The United States warmed up for their looming World Cup qualifying clash with Mexico with a 2-0 friendly victory over Cuba, only the third time in history the two nations have met on Cuban soil.  Chris Wondolowski in the 62nd minute and Julian Green in the 71st scored for the United States on Friday. The match at the Estadio Pedro Marrero was the latest byproduct of the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba, after more than half a century of bitter Cold War enmity.  It is the first time the United States have played in ... Read more

Cuba vs. US Men’s National Team preview

The semi-final round of World Cup Qualifying is over and the final round of World Cup Qualifying is only a month away. The United States Men’s National Team has a pair of friendlies to prepare for a tough pair of World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica in November. The first of these two friendlies is in a place where the US has only played once: on the road at Cuba. Jurgen Klinsmann certainly seems to have the USMNT back on track after a dismal 2015 and a shock loss to Guatemala in an away World Cup Qualifier in ... Read more

US, Cuba friendly latest chapter of sports diplomacy

Los Angeles (AFP) – When the United States take to the field to face Cuba at Havana’s Estadio Pedro Marrero on Friday, it will mark another step on the road towards normalization of relations between the former foes. In July last year, Cuba and the United States brought more than half a century of enmity to an end when they restored diplomatic ties which had been cut in 1961 at the height of the Cold War.  A month earlier, the blossoming mood of rapprochement was given a sprinkling of goodwill when a New York Cosmos team including Brazilian legend Pele ... Read more

US to make rare visit to Cuba for friendly

Chaska (United States) (AFP) – The United States will take on Cuba in a friendly on Friday in just the third ever meeting between the two nations on Cuban soil. Three untested goalkeepers were among the 23 players announced by US coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday ahead of the Havana friendly. The teams have played each other 11 times with the US having won nine and lost just once — a 5-2 friendly defeat on July 20, 1947 in Havana.  The most recent meeting in Cuba was a 1-0 US win on September 6, 2008 during qualifying for the 2010 ... Read more

US national team to play October football friendly in Cuba

Chicago (AFP) – The United States national men’s football team will play its first international friendly in Cuba in nearly 70 years in Havana on October 7, the US Soccer Federation announced Thursday. The match — which comes as the United States and Cuba pursue a thaw in ties — will be the first American friendly in Cuba since 1947, and only the US team’s second visit to the island since then. The political rivals also met in Havana in 2008 during qualifying for the 2010 South Africa World Cup, with the US team winning 1-0. In March, during a ... Read more

Documentary featuring New York Cosmos trip to Cuba premiering November 7

ONE World Sports will premiere A Bridge to Cuba, a documentary following NASL team New York Cosmos and their journey to Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, Nov. 7th. Seamus O’Brien, founder and chairman of ONE World Sports, also owns the Cosmos. The network traveled to Cuba alongside the team in order to telecast their friendly against the Cuban national team, capturing the first visit of a US professional sports team to Cuban soil since the US lifted its trade embargo in Dec. 2014. SEE MORE: Ranking the top 20 cities for MLS, NASL and USL expansion. Shortly after the trip, diplomatic relations were officially restored between the ... Read more

USA vs. Cuba player ratings from Gold Cup quarterfinal

The USA got their easiest and biggest win of the 2015 Gold Cup on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore against a depleted Cuba in the quarterfinal. The final score? 6-0 to the Americans. Stiffer tests are to come, but for now, the US can enjoy a big day. Here are the player ratings (out of 10): Brad Guzan, 7 – Easy night for the American #1, who had little to do but did it well. Timmy Chandler, 6 – Chandler, who’s always better when not pressured in defense, notched a solid assist on the opener to highlight his 45 minutes. Ventura Alvarado, ... Read more