The United States Men’s National Team embark on a brand new competition Friday night when they host Cuba for their first-ever Concacaf Nations League match. The Americans’ opener will be played at D.C. United’s brand new stadium Audi Field. Cuba has already begun its tournament with two matches against the other member of Group A, Canada. They lost both with a combined seven goals conceded and none scored.
How to Watch USA-Cuba:
When: Friday, October 10
Where: Audi Field, Washington D.C.
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Gregg Berhalter’s tenure as USMNT head coach hasn’t gotten off to the smoothest of starts with results going against him and questions about his squad selection coming to the forefront. The Nations League should be a chance for the U.S. to win some games against opponents they should beat. While that may not be the best judge of their long term success, it should at least give them some momentum heading into the summer.
It’s the usual suspects as far as the USA roster is concerned. Veterans like Michael Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Ream have all been called in. Gyasi Zardes and Wil Trapp, former players of Berhalter with the Columbus Crew, who many fans and media have criticized the manager for selecting, have also been called up once more.
In theory, this should be a chance for younger players such as Josh Sargent, Jackson Yueill and uncapped Brenden Aaronson to prove they belong at this level. With so much disappointment surrounding the U.S. men’s program over the last few years, a new era has to begin at some point. These types of players emerging and winning spots could be the beginning of that.