A FIFA spokesperson has confirmed three Cuban players defected prior to last night’s game in Toronto. The fourth missing player was ill.
“As with any Cuban sport team that travels around the world, they’re all chasing the American dream,” he said. “And it’s difficult to try to keep the team together … Obviously it’s a difficult situation for the team and it’s tough for me to talk about it.”
In January two players from the Women’s national team defected after a game against Canada in Vancouver. One wonders if the Cuban government will forsake international competition in order to keep their citizens from ‘tarnishing their nation’s image’ – words I could imagine a Cuban gov. official saying. Hopefully that will not be the case.