Report: New York Cosmos face Cuba in historic Havana showdown

The New York Cosmos are set to make history once again.

According to a report from the New York Times, the NASL side will travel to Havana to take on the Cuban National Team on June 2nd, becoming the first U.S. sports team to step foot on the island since the Cuban embargo began over 60 years ago.

The U.S. recently restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba, allowing for this unique match to take place. In doing so, the Cosmos took advantage of the opportunity to make headlines during the NASL’s midseason break.

That’s not to say they won’t be busy between the Spring and Fall season. U.S. Open Cup competition will be well underway, with the Cosmos likely to enter the fray mid to late May. If they advance, the June 2nd time frame (Tuesday night) could conflict with the Cup schedule.

Nevertheless, a match in Havana just prior to the big regional Gold Cup competition is too delicious an opportunity to pass up. It also fits in well with the Cosmos’ self-professed “global aspirations,” which focuses on extending the power of their brand to new markets with the aim of drawing global awareness that will, in turn, help to grow the domestic game.

A formal announcement is expected this week.

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  • Kevin

    I love it. Think it a great idea.

  • Fred


  • slowleftarm

    The article says the Orioles played in Cuba in 1999.

  • OpenCupFan

    Love it. Finally a reason to go to Cuba.

  • Lou

    You are correct.

    They’ll be the first team to play since the embargo lifted, but not since the embargo was imposed. I think the wording got confused here.

  • Dan V.

    Cosmos stealing a lot of headlines in the mainstream for this

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