23 U.S. footballers lined up for historic U.S.-Cuba match in Havana next Friday

Posted: 06-Oct-16 09:41

The head coach of the United States' national soccer team has rounded up 23 football players to travel to Cuba for a match against the island's national team this coming Friday. The historic game will be played out in Havana's Pedro Marrero football stadium at 4 p.m. local time. Locals and foreign holidaymakers alike will be lining up to watch this unprecedented event making history for the first time.

23 U.S. footballers lined up for historic U.S.-Cuba match in Havana next Friday

Gearing up to what no doubt will be Cuba’s most crowded football match ever, Jurgen Klinsmann, the German football manager, head of the U.S.’s men national soccer team, has recently unveiled his line-up of 23 players travelling to Cuba soon for the historic game.

History will be made when this friendly match take place on Cuban soil, the first event of this kind to happen since 1947.

The chosen stage is Havana’s Pedro Marrero football stadium and the time announced for the friendly encounter kick-off is 4 p.m. local time.

Right now the 23 handpicked players representing the U.S. football (or soccer) team are on their last day of training in Miami. They have been hard at work training since Monday and will soon be flying on to Havana in time for Friday’s much awaited match. Four days later and back on U.S. soil, the American team will be battling the New Zealand national football team on 11th October in Washington, D.C. These two preliminary friendlies will help their coach judge which team members will be chosen to face Mexico and Costa Rica a month later for the CONCACAF final, decisive for the 2018 FIFA World Cup play-offs .

Mr Klinsmann said:

“These two games are very important for us because it’s the last time we can see certain players before making the decision on the 23 going in to represent us for the Mexico and Costa Rica clashes. There’s a lot at stake for the players to make their case, to show where they are right now.”

He concluded on the thought:

“The encounters against Cuba and New Zealand will give us a lot of information on each player’s individual performance.”

Of course, for Cubans this is much more about the pride of hosting an international game of such proportions than about any championship or cup. The chance to see a prestigious international football team like the U.S.’s certainly has football fans in Cuba reeling with excitement.

Cuba’s national football team and the U.S. national football team have clashed on 11 occasions in total, with a 9-1-1 record favouring the American team. Such encounters have only happened three times on Cuban soil. The first of these resulted in the Cuban team’s only ever victory with a 5-2 score. It dates back to 20th July 1947 in Havana. The most recent battle between both teams happened back in 2008, during the semi-final play-offs for the South Africa 2010 World Cup.

The news of an international football team hitting Cuba follow the widely-covered visit of Pele and the New York Cosmos last year (who played another historical friendly against Cuba’s national team) and the arrival of revered Spanish football player and Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos, who arrived to Cuba as UNICEF ambassador in the same month last year. But they haven’t been the only sports personalities doing so in recent times. In August 2015 the U.S. national basketball team travelled to Cuba for a friendly game in which they lost to the local team.

Football-wise, last November, the Mexican professional football team, Santos Laguna battled it out against Cuba’s national team, also at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana. It seems this is one Cuban sports landmark that can’t get enough international football action and worldwide attention


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