"I felt very sad [watching the game on TV]. ... I felt I let the team down, but it is a decision I had to make for my future. I want to be free. It was my decision to make, to leave my family and my
country, not knowing when I could go back. But I needed to be free for myself, for my life, to choose my future."
-- Reinier Alcantara
, one of two Cuban national team
players, along with Pedro Faife
, who defected before Cuba's 6-1 loss to the USA on Saturday in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)