U.S. national team to visit Havana for soccer friendly

The U.S. and Cuba will play a soccer game at Havana’s Pedro Marrero Stadium on October 7, the first international friendly between the two squads since 1947.

The two teams previously faced each other in 2008 in a South Africa World Cup 2010 qualifying match, which saw the U.S. win 1-0.

In June 2015, the Cosmos soccer club played a friendly match against the Cuban team, in the context of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, announced December 17, 2014.

The October match will be broadcast by U.S. TV channels in English and Spanish.

In a statement U.S. team coach Jurgen Klinsmann from Germany noted: “We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba.

“In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity,” he added.

Klinsmann’s squad took fourth place in the Centennial Cup America, held in June, in the U.S.

Before traveling to Cuba, the U.S. team will continue their struggle to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with matches on September 2, against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, followed by another four days later against Trinidad and Tobago.

(Granma)

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