U.S. Soccer Announces Historic Friendly with Cuba in Havana

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by Deny Gallagher

A little more than a year after the New York Cosmos ended the American professional sports draught in Cuba, the United States Men’s National Team will follow suit.

In a surprising press release Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced an October 7th friendly with the island nation at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana.

The match marks the first time since 1947 that the Cuban and American national teams have competed in a friendly.

“We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity.”

The two sides have met twice in the past eight years during qualification for the 2010 World Cup and at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 2008 qualifier in Cuba was the first time in 69 years that the Americans had played in Cuba.

The match will be seen on ESPN and Univison. A kickoff time has yet to be determined.

  • Stephen Kingler

    Oh, well hmm, Cuba…. might be a great time to test out a lot of new players.