The USA closes out its first year under new head coach Gregg Berhalter
far off the beaten path when it faces Cuba in their Concacaf Nations League finale in the Cayman Islands.
Thanks to the 4-1 win over Canada on Friday, the USA will win Group A and advance to the Concacaf Nations League semifinals with a win. A tie or loss to Cuba will give Canada the group title and a
berth at the final four in June 2020.
The USA is 10-5-2 in 2019, making Berhalter the second fastest U.S.
national team coach to win 10 games after Bob Bradley
under whom the USA started out with a 10-0-1 record, culminating with the 2-1 win over Mexico to win the 2017 Gold Cup.
Unlike most FIFA breaks when the USA releases players to return to their European clubs after the first game, all 23 whom Berhalter selected for the Canada game are with the national team in the
Cayman Islands. U.S. Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
1-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United; 63/0), 23-Sean Johnson (NYCFC; 8/0),
22-Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0) DEFENDERS (9)
: 5-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 38/3), 20-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 9/0), 18-Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; 3/0), 12-Nick Lima
(San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0), 3-Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls; 15/3), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 12/0), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 39/1), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 61/0), 4-Walker
Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2) MIDFIELDERS (6):
17-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 13/2), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER; 18/6), 15-Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 15/0),
10-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 18/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; 20/0), 14-Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 5/0) FORWARDS (5):
7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 31/5), 21-Tyler
Boyd (Besiktas/TUR; 9/2), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 38/8), 19-Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 11/3), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 55/12) Note:
In parentheses are goals and assists. Venue.
The USA won the first meeting against Cuba with a
7-0 victory and wlll be heavily favored in the rematch, which was moved from Havana because Pedro Marrero Stadium doesn't meet Concacaf's hosting requirements due to the lack of lights for evening
The match will be played at 3,000-seat Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, on Grand Cayman Island, the largest of the Cayman Islands located west of
In soccer circles, the Cayman Islands is best known as the home of former Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb
, who has been awaiting sentencing for four years after pleading
guilty to soliciting and accepting nearly $7 million in bribes. Opponent.
Cuba has been depleted by defections on its trips to
the United States and Canada for the Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League. It's lost all six games in the two competitions by a margin of 31-0.