United States Set to Play Cuba in Gold Cup Quarterfinals

Cuba fans

by Deny Gallagher
USMNT Staff Writer

After days of waiting, the United States has learned that it will take on Cuba in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Gold Cup.

Cuba has advanced in the tournament — despite all odds. In the first game of the tournament, Mexico made quick work of the island nation by a score of 6-0. Things would not get better for the team, as Trinidad and Tobago would beat Cuba 2-0 leaving the side with no points and a minus eight-goal difference with one match to go.

To advance to the next round, Cuba would need a lot to go in their favor. And it did.

Heading into their match against Guatemala, Cuba needed a win combined with winless performances from Canada and El Salvador. With Canada and Costa Rica ending in a scoreless draw and Jamaica beating El Salvador on Tuesday, the impossible was now possible with a win on Wednesday.

For 253 minutes of group play, Cuba was unable to find the back of the net. In the 73rd minute of their match against Guatemala, Maikel Reyes scored the eventual game-winning goal to earn the third place qualifying spot from Groups B and C.

The minus seven-goal difference is the worst of any team to advance to the knockout round since the tournament began in 1991.

Cuba is now set for a date with the United States Saturday in Baltimore.