NASL’s New York Cosmos confirm match in Cuba
The New York Cosmos confirmed they will go to Havana in June to play the Cuban national team.
On Sunday, Andrew Das of The New York Times reported the NASL team would be the first American team to play in Cuba since the United States restored diplomatic relations in December. Das reported the game will be played on June 2.
The North American Soccer League club will announce more details about the trip on Monday.
A press conference is scheduled for Monday morning at 11 a.m. Eastern at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, when details of the matchup will be released. Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien is scheduled to be at the press conference, along with coach Giovanni Savarese and star players Marcos Senna and Raul. Cuban national team coach Walter Benitez will also be in attendance.
The Cosmos will be the first NASL team to go to Cuba since the Chicago Sting played the Cuban National Team in March 1978 and hosted Cuba in a return match in Chicago in May of the same year.
- Phil Watson