For the first time since 1947, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Cuba in an international friendly.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that Jurgen Klinsmann and co. will meet the Cubans in Havana on October 7.
The two nations last met at last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, when the USMNT comfortably dispatched of Cuba, 6-0, in the tournament’s quarterfinals.
“We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity.”
The U.S. will conclude the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in September, when the team faces St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago to close out Group C play. The USMNT currently sits second in the group, three points behind Trinidad.
The Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying is set to begin in the fall, meaning the Cuba friendly is likely to be one of the final tuneup matches before the USMNT begins the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.
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