USA beat Cuba in historic friendly

08 October, 2016, 07:36 | Author: Nora May

In a sign of goodwill, Cuba invited the United States to play a soccer friendly in Havana for the first time since 1947 (the USA last played in Havana in 2008). "On that field, it's impossible to get a higher rhythm, a higher tempo, higher pace". He may still be young at 21, but Horvath looks up for the challenge of being Klinsmann's No. 3 goalkeeper and the heir apparent to established veterans Tim Howard and Brad Guzan.

Cuba have just one player on their team who plays in a different country: Maykel Reyes, who is on Cruz Azul's roster in Liga MX. At 21 years, 120 days, Horvath became the youngest goalkeeper to debut for the US since Zach Thornton was a 69th-minute substitute in a 3-0 win at Jamaica on November 22, 1994.

A rough pitch in Havana left the USA frustrated in the opening 45 minutes, with Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore going close and Green having two chances on goal well saved by keeper Sandy Sanchez Mustelier. The U.S. toiled to a 2-0 win on Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green goals, but the real victory was that more players didn't get injured. The 21-year-old scored his first USMNT goal in April, 2015 against Mexico.

The United States will have one eye on their looming World Cup showdown with Mexico when they face Cuba in a rare trip to Havana on Friday, only the third time in history the two nations have met on Cuban soil.

The United States will play their second and final match of this short global break Tuesday, October 11 against New Zealand. The only time since 1947 that they played was a World Cup qualifier in September 2008, which the USA team won 1-0.

And Klinsmann has challenged those players to grab their chance in the same way that Sacha Kljestan did last month on his return after a more-than-two-year absence.

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The a little more than a month away from facing Mexico in World Cup qualifying, the biggest match the Americans will play between now and the World Cup, and Friday's friendly will serve as a flawless opportunity for a dress rehearsal with that match in mind.

He'll battle David Bingham and William Yarbrough for minutes―meaning Bill Hamid is once again left out. Because there was nothing useful to be gleaned from it as the US look ahead to qualifiers with Mexico and Costa Rica next month. Also look for how the team integrates 18 year old Dortmund wunderkind Christian Pulisic to the attack.

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"We want to see them taking the initiative", he said.

The US got a fright of another kind in the 80th minute, when Steve Birnbaum was kicked in the head by a leaping Cuban player. ESPN broadcasters Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman announced the game from a studio in Bristol, Connecticut, rather than from the stadium.


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