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Global Jun 30, 2016

USMNT to play historic match in Cuba on October 7

CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – For the first time since 1947, the national teams of the United States and Cuba will play an international friendly. The historic meeting in Havana will take place Oct. 7 at Estadio Pedro Marrero. The match will be broadcast live on the ESPN and Univision Networks, with kickoff time still to be finalized.

This is only the USA’s second visit to Cuba in the last 69 years, having collected a 1-0 win on Sept. 6, 2008 , during the Semifinal Round of Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity.”

Having finished fourth in the historic Copa America Centenario, the U.S. continues the Semifinal Round of Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sept. 2 against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The MNT closes out group play Sept. 6 when they host Trinidad & Tobago. Kickoff at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., is set for 8 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on FS1 and the Univision Networks.

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