With the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba beginning to take hold, many aspects of the island nation are now more open than ever before. However, with an opening in travel and relations there comes an opening in sport as well.
On Friday, a match was played in Havana between the U.S National Team and the Cuban National Team. This was the first time since 1947 that the U.S and Cuba played a friendly match in Havana, the capitol.
“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.”
This game promises a lot more for soccer in Cuba. As a baseball and boxing domination in their sports culture there are more restrictions there than in soccer. So the game and soccer as a whole has a change to be a vehicle for better U.S- Latin American and Cuban relations.
Soccer is becoming more popular in Cuba amongst the youth, and while the match ended in a 2-0 victory for the U.S. there is still hope that there will be more games played between the two in the future
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