Welcome to your live thread as the United States Men’s National Team takes on Cuba in the Cayman Islands in the final match of Concacaf Nations League Group A play. The USMNT beat Cuba 7-0 in the Yanks’ first match of the tournament. Then, Canada pulled a surprise upset, beating the U.S. 2-0 in Toronto. The Yanks responded with a 4-1 win over their neighbor’s last week right here in Orlando, and now are in a prime position to win the group.
Canada leads the group with nine points through four games. Les Rouges beat Cuba 6-0 in Canada, 1-0 in Cuba, and the Yanks in Canada, 2-0. Their only loss was last week. Cuba is in last with no wins through three matches.
The U.S. has dominated the all-time series, 11-1-1, against Los Leones del Caribe. Cuba’s only win came in 1947. It was a commanding 5-2 win in the North American Championship. The teams met again two years later in a World Cup qualifier. The match ended in a 1-1.
The Yanks won the next 11 matches following that draw and outscored Cuba 44-5 in the process. The U.S. had seven shutouts in those 11 games, and only allowed multiple goals per game once. Cuba has not found the back of the net against the Yanks since 2013.
The last time the teams met was in October in the Nations League. The USMNT won emphatically, 7-0, in front of 13,784 fans at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Weston McKennie netted a hat trick and Brad Guzan got his shutout.
This match is going to be the most important game for Gregg Berhalter in his USMNT career, up to this point. Luckily, it is against Cuba. Still, recent history has taught this team to take nothing for granted and the Yanks will surely come out of the gates firing on all cylinders. A win puts the U.S. in first place and a spot in the next round. Any other result and Canada wins the group.
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 63/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0).
Defenders (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 38/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 9/0), Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; 3/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 15/3), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 12/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 39/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 61/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2).
Midfielders (6): Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 13/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 18/6), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 15/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 18/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 5/0).
Forwards (5): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 31/5), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas/TUR; 9/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 38/8), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 11/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 57/10).
Goalkeepers (3): Nelson Johnston (Santiago de Cuba), Elier Pozo (Pinar del Rio), Sandy Sánchez (Delfines del Este/DOM).
Defenders (7): Yosel Piedra (USAC/GUA), Erick Rizo (Santiago de Cuba), Dario Ramos (Artemisa), Felipe Hurtado (Santiago de Cuba), Dariel Morejon (Villa Clara), Manuel Cruz (Camagüey), José Almelo (Pinar del Rio).
Midfielders (9): Aricheell Hérnandez (Independiente/DOM), Karel Espino (Artemesia), Aníbal Álvarez (Ciego de Ávila), Jean Carlos Rodríguez (Pinar del Rio) , Lazaro Monzon (Villa Clara), José Pérez (Ciudad Habana), York González, Rolando Abreu (Santiago de Cuba), Randy Reve (Santiago de Cuba).
Forwards (2): Maikel Reyes (Pinar del Rio) Luis Paradela (Reno 1868/USA).
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Truman Bodden Stadium — George Town, Cayman Islands.
TV: FOX Sports 1, TUDN, UniMás.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, TUDN en Vivo, Univision Now.
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