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Another Cuban defection likely
Reuters, March 29th, 2012 4:52PM



Yosmel de Armas, a defender on Cuba's U-23 team that compteted in Olympic qualifying, left the team while it was in Tennessee and may be trying to defect.

U.S. authorities declined comment on the location of de Armas, who was not with the team when it left a downtown Nashville hotel on Tuesday, according to local television station WZTV Fox-17. Another Cuban player told WZTV De Armas had left the team.

When De Armas was absent from Monday night's final game in the tournament against Canada, a 1-1 tie, and the Cuban coach said the player was sick and had stayed at the hotel. De Armas had played on Saturday night when Cuba lost 4-0 loss to El Salvador.

Seven members of Cuba's U-23 team defected in Florida in 2008 after an Olympic qualifying game against the USA.

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