USA downs Cuba 2-0 in Historic Friendly in Havana


HAVANA – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Cuba 2-0 on goals from Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green in an historic international friendly at Estadio Pedro Marrero on Friday evening.
The U.S. was dominant throughout the match, putting eight of its 10 shots on goal while keeping an organized back line that stepped up to consistently put Cuba’s forwards in an offside position. When Cuba was able to generate chances, 21-year-old U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, making his debut for the senior MNT, was well positioned to make a total of three saves and cut out a handful of developing opportunities to earn the clean sheet.

After a first half of close shots and half chances, the U.S. broke through in the 62nd minute when Wondolowski, who had come on for Christian Pulisic at halftime, pounded home the rebound from Green’s initial shot. He then returned the favor to Green by picking out the streaking winger with a pin-point pass that Green tapped home for his second career MNT goal, which provided the final margin in Havana.
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT returns home to the familiar confines of RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. where they’ll face Oceania Football Confederation champions, New Zealand on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN and Univision Networks).
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Chris Wondolowski, 62nd minute: Chris Wondolowski open the scoring by putting home a point blank rebound from near the top of six-yard box. Julian Green had done well to create a shooting opportunity, but Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez parried the curling shot right into the path of Wondolowski, who made no mistake from close range, burying the rebound with a one-time shot into the dead center of the goal. USA 1, CUB 0 [WATCH]
USA – Julian Green (Chris Wondolowski), 71st minute: The USA won the ball in midfield and played it out wide to Timmy Chandler near the touchline. Chandler had time to pick out his pass and sent a long, lofted ball from the midfield stripe over the Cuba defense into the path of Wondolowski, who carried it to the endline before spotting Green making a run to the back, left post and picking him out with an inch-perfect pass that left Green with an easy tap in to the center of the net. USA 2, CUB 0 [WATCH] FINAL

– U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Cuba
Date: Oct. 7, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pedro Marrero Stadium; Havana, Cuba
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
CUB 0 0 0
USA – Chris Wondolowski 62nd minute
USA – Julian Green (Chris Wondoloski) 71
USA: 1-Ethan Horvath; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (21-Timmy Chandler, 46), 20-Geoff Cameron, 6-John Brooks (15-Steve Birnbaum, 46), 23-Fabian Johnson; 10-Christian Pulisic (18-Chris Wondolowski, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (14-Danny Williams, 69), 19-Julian Green; 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Paul Arriola, 69), 7-Bobby Wood (8-Jordan Morris, 60)
Subs not used: 12-David Bingham, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Perry Kitchen, 13-Lynden Gooch
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
CUB: 1-Sandy Sánchez, 5-Josel Piedra, 4-Yasmany López, 16-Yasniel Nápoles, 11-Carlos Serrano, 6-Daniel Luis Saéz (capt.) (17-Dayron Branco, 74), 2-Roberney Caballero (12-Roberto Peraza, 76), 10-Arichel Hernández, 8-Alberto Gómez (7-Duzney Espinoza, 66), 18-David Urgelles, 9-Maykel Reyes
Subs not used: 3-Erick Rizo, 13-Eddy Gelkis Olivares, 14-Yoelvis Gonzalez, 15-Yasnay Rivero, 19-Geandris Megret, 21-Diosvelys Guerra
Head Coach: Raul Mederos
Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 10 / 9
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 5
Offside: 0 / 6
Misconduct Summary:
CUB – Yasmany Lopez (caution) 16th minute
CUB – David Urgelles (caution) 59
Referee: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
4th Official: Adniel Quintana Mendieta (CUB)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Julian Green

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