"After the defection of the first five players, the morale of the team was low. I was thinking of leaving after the tournament but given the situation I preferred to bring forward my departure."
-- Yendry Diaz, explaining why he and Cuban under-23 national teammate Eder Roldan defected 24 hours after five other players left the team participating in Concacaf Olympic qualifying in Tampa. The defections left the Cubans with 10 available players for Thursday's match against Honduras, which they lost, 2-0. (AFP)