USA 1, Cuba 0: The Day After

USA 1, Cuba 0: The Day After

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USA 1, Cuba 0: The Day After

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It wasn’t pretty, nor was it a blowout, but much like its World Cup qualifying win against Guatemala, the U.S. men’s national team did just enough to escape a road game with a win and valuable three points after Saturday night’s 1-0 win against Cuba.

Those hoping for flash and sizzle got more ugliness and rough play, but that still doesn’t deny the fact that the Americans head into their first home game in the six-game group schedule with six points from two road games in the bag.

There were the memorable performances, like the ones delivered by Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, as well as forgettable performances, such as the ones by DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu. There was Carlos Bocanegra nearly having a good performance spoiled by a near own-goal that Tim Howard miraculously saved. There was also the darkest field conditions most Americans have ever seen for an international match. And finally, there were the American fans who made the trip to Cuba despite travel restrictions that could lead to them facing heavy sanctions for traveling. The sight of Americans wearing American flag masks was an indelible image

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If you recognize any of these American fans don’t tell anybody.

It is poll time. What was your take on the U.S. team’s victory against Cuba?

Now the Americans prepare to face the team currently in second place in the group, Trinidad & Tobago, which tied Guatemala, 2-2, on Saturday night to move to four points in the group. Wednesday’s game at Toyota Park should be the U.S. team’s first real chance to flex its muscle and show some worrying fans that it can still dominate opponents.

What did you think of the Cuba game? Who stood out for you? Who do you think played terribly? What was your favorite moment of the match?

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