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Cuba has lost six straight matches ahead of their trip to Audi Field in Washington, where they hope to prevent the United States from making a victorious start to their CONCACAF Nations League.
Gregg Berhalter’s side gets their competition underway already trailing Group 1A (Group A in League A) leaders Canada by six points, and the quest to overturn that deficit begins on Friday.
USMNT vs. Cuba
Date: Friday, October 11
Location: Audi Field, Washington
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Cuba has thus far proved whipping boys in their pool and failed to score in each of their two meetings against Canada, with a breakthrough strike not much more likely against the US Men’s National Team.
The Stars and Stripes travel to Audi Field having won their last nine consecutive games against Cuba. The “Lions of the Caribbean” last defeated their nearby neighbors at the 1979 Pan-American Games, and recent form doesn’t suggest that a 40-year drought is likely to end soon.
Three points aren’t yet assured for the hosts, however, who are without a win in their last three games and have netted only once in their last 270 minutes of play.
A 1-1 draw against Uruguay in September ended as a fairly amicable result for the US following back-to-back defeats against Mexico prior to that. Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris—a Seattle native—bagged an equalizing strike against La Celeste and will hope to retain his place in the XI.
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic will be glad for a return to international duty after he’s struggled for prominence under club boss Frank Lampard this season. The former Borussia Dortmund star sat out three Premier League fixtures on the bench but came on to assist a Michy Batshuayi goal in the recent 4-1 win at Southampton. He’s the spark for the USMNT engine, and getting playing time under his belt should surely help the midfielder’s form.
Columbus Crew attacker Gyasi Zardes is the most seasoned forward in Berhalter’s squad with 53 caps to his name, while 19-year-old Josh Sargent — plying his trade at Werder Bremen in Germany — will hope to dazzle in Washington.
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