It’s a game that’s been nearly 70-years in the making. The U.S. Men’s soccer team will play Cuba for the first international friendly in Havana since 1947. This is a must-see match so don’t dare miss it! Click to watch.
It was a completely different world when the USMNT last played an international friendly on Cuban soil. However, the USA will meet Cuba at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana on Oct. 7, for the first game in Cuba since 2008 and the first friendly in more than half-a-century. Not a lot of sports fans thought they would ever see this day, so it’s definitely not something to miss. The action kicks off at 4:00 PM ET so be sure to tune in and see history get made.
Sports fans can watch this game between the American and Cuban soccer teams via ESPN2’s official live stream (after entering in their cable information, of course.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH USA VS CUBA LIVE STREAM
Diplomatic relations between these two countries were severed following the Marxist Cuban Revolution in 1953, which is why this is the first international friendly since 1947. Though, this match is actually the second time the US has played in Cuba over the past 69 years. They met in Havana for the semifinal round of World Cup Qualifying in 2008 (which the US won, 1-0.)
Though some aren’t expecting this game to be a fierce showdown, this meeting is about more than just soccer. “We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba,” Jurgen Klinsmann, 52, the American squad’s coach, said about this match, per US Soccer. “In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity.”
It will also be an opportunity to strengthen the US squad to make some last minute tweaks. Clint Dempsey will sit this match out as he’s out of due to an irregular heartbeat. His absence on the roster will be noted and Jurgen will have to work out a lineup that can somehow take on Mexico and Costa Rica during the November World Cup qualifier matches, per MLS Soccer. Bobby Wood, 23, and Jozy Altidore, 26, might be implemented for this match, while Christian Pulisic, 18, the superstar who’s expected to become the next big name in U.S. soccer, is listed on the roster.
Cuba, like their American counterparts, is also using this match to fine tune the squad. “More than the result,” coach Raul Mederos said ahead of the game, “we hope to play a great game so that Cuban fans come away satisfied with the effort of our players on the pitch.” Well, with Cuba-America relations thawing enough that these two teams can play in Havana, even before the game starts, these two countries should already be satisfied.
Who do you think is going to win this match, HollywoodLifers? Cuba or America?