Welcome to your match thread for today’s international friendly match between the United States Men’s National Team and Cuba. The teams are playing at Havana’s Estadio Pedro Marrero, marking only the third time the two nations have met on Cuban soil.
The USMNT is 9-1-1 in 11 previous meetings, but just 1-1-0 in the two trips to the island. Cuba won the first ever meeting, 5-2, way back on July 20, 1947. Clint Dempsey provided the lone tally with a 40th-minute strike in a 1-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Sept. 6, 2008.
The Yanks, who will play New Zealand on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., are preparing for the toughest part of the Hex in November, with a home match against Mexico in Columbus and a road battle with Costa Rica on Nov. 11 and 15, respectively.
Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a few new faces for this set of friendlies, perhaps to see if any of them might be an option for the squad in November. One spot will certainly be open with Dempsey sidelined with an irregular heartbeat. But the Americans will also be looking at their goalkeeping situation, with Klinsmann leaving Tim Howard and Brad Guzan out this time and calling in San Jose Earthquakes keeper David Bingham, along with Ethan Horvath and William Yarbrough. Bingham and Yarbrough have a combined three caps and Horvath has yet to see the field for the USMNT.
There’s no reason the U.S. shouldn’t win easily, but weird things can happen when the team travels in the Caribbean and Central America. The pitch is rarely in the type of shape most of the U.S. players are used to and that 1-0 nervy World Cup qualifier shows that even when the stakes are high, the game can be unduly close. Still, look for Jurgen’s boys to come home with a win.
Goalkeepers (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (Club Leon).
Defenders (7): Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin),Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle).
Midfielders (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana),
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading).
Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV).
How to Watch
Match Time: 4 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Estadio Pedro Marrero – Havana, Cuba.
TV: ESPN2, UniMas, Univision Deportes.
Streaming: WatchESPN, fuboTV.
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