Update on USA-Cuba World Cup Qualifier matches

I have a few minor updates regarding the upcoming USA-Cuba World Cup Qualifier matches:

  • Game time for the US match on Saturday, October 11 has been set to 4:00 PM EST at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • No news on ticket sales yet. However, tickets for previous matches have not gone on sale until about a month before. I’ll keep an eye out through August anyways, but we’ll likely have to wait until September.
  • Many US fans inquired about traveling to Cuba for the scheduled match in Havana and were rebuffed by the Treasury department. The official response is below (emphasis mine):

CHICAGO (July 14, 2008) – In the past few months, U.S. Soccer has received numerous inquires from U.S. fans that are interested in traveling to Cuba for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Sept. 6.

U.S. Soccer has been informed by the United States Department of Treasury (the United States Government agency of jurisdiction with respect to regulating travel to Cuba), that travel to Cuba for tourism or for the purposes of observing specific public performances, including sporting events, is prohibited under U.S. law.

While U.S. Soccer is unable to assist fans wishing to make the trip, the match will be shown live on ESPN2 and Galavision to provide our fans the chance to follow the team’s continuing efforts to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

1 thought on “Update on USA-Cuba World Cup Qualifier matches”

  1. It will be very interesting to see the soccer game in Cuba. The crowd reactions (very likely a positive recpetion), dignataries that will attend (if any), what the players will react to Cuba (probabaly the same the MSM has told us).

    As for the Cubans playing here we just have to see how many player will defect!

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