Five Cubans Leave Team

Five Cubans Leave Team

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 12, 2008
  • 4 Comments

Surprise, surprise. A game with Cuba in the States leads to a number of players leaving the team and go missing. Five members of the Cuban Under-23 national team have gone missing from the team hotel following the squad’s 1-1 tie against the US on last night.

Five players, including standout goalkeeper Jose Manuel Miranda left the team’s hotel and haven’t been seen since late last night.

I wouldn’t be shocked at all if some MLS clubs are already filing some discovery claims on these players, especially Miranda. Now I won’t go into detail about who could go where in these claims due to the fact that this is a pretty serious matter when you really think about it. Same thing happened in last summer’s Gold Cup.

The disappearances have left Cuba with just 13 players for its next match, against Honduras tomorrow. CONCACAF could ask Cuba to forfeit the tournament but Cuban head coach Raul Gonzalez has already stated that he has no intention of having his team forfeit.

Anyone surprised by this news? I’m surely not considering the amount of players that have left the Cuban team in recent games over the last couple years.

  • Sean

    i'm more surprised ( an disturbed) that we tied… cmon… CUBA??? that's terrible!

  • dan

    if cuba is allowed to continue playing (with 13 eligible players), the 1-1 tie will come back and haunt the US team… Honduras and Panama should – key word – should be able to come away with 3 points from their games. but then again, that is why you play the games… anything can happen!

  • Sean

    i’m more surprised ( an disturbed) that we tied… cmon… CUBA??? that’s terrible!

  • dan

    if cuba is allowed to continue playing (with 13 eligible players), the 1-1 tie will come back and haunt the US team… Honduras and Panama should – key word – should be able to come away with 3 points from their games. but then again, that is why you play the games… anything can happen!