WASHINGTON, DC.- The United States makes its Concacaf Nations League debut in Group A of League A by welcoming Cuba to Audi Field in Washington D.C. on Friday.
The U.S. will hope its debut in the CNL goes more smoothly than the tournament started for Cuba, which fell to Canada 6-0 in its first match last FIFA window, but showed signs of improvement in a 1-0 loss several days later.
Forward Luis Paradela, currently playing in the USL Championship, returns to the squad after missing out on the previous CNL matches and will hope to help Cuba find the back of the net after Pablo Elier Sanchez’s squad was the only team in League A not to score in the first two matchdays.
Midfielder Arichel Hernandez and goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez are among the returnees.
The U.S. will be looking to start strong, and Gregg Berhalter’s squad reflects his desire to get into June’s final.
Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley are all in a squad that looks among the Gold Cup finalist’s strongest, though center back Walker Zimmerman and forward Jozy Altidore had to pull out because of injuries.
Cuba’s only win in the history between the two sides came in Havana in 1947, with the only draw two years later in qualification for the 1950 World Cup.