Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Some 'Did You Know' About USA-CUBA

  • Four players on the current roster appeared in the last meeting against Cuba, a 4-1 win on July 7, 2005 in Gold Cup group play in Seattle: DaMarcus Beasley (1), Clint Dempsey (1), Landon Donovan (2), and Frankie Hejduk. The victory sparked the USA’s run to the 2005 Gold Cup title.

  • Frankie Hejduk has started in all four of the USA’s matches against Cuba since 1998, while Donovan has three appearances against the island nation. Along with the players above, Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf and Eddie Lewis also have stints against Cuba’s full team.

  • Midfielders Maurice Edu and Sacha Kljestan appeared in the U.S. Under-23 MNT’s 1-1 draw against Cuba in the first match of group play in the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament

  • Three players on the roster have tallied goals against Cuba, all three scoring in the same game.

  • The U.S. has twice posted five-goal performances against Cuba, including the 5-0 quarterfinal win last year and a 5-2 World Cup qualifying win Sept. 21, 1949 in Mexico City.

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