TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Soccer

Cuban coach admits to defections prior to Canada match

{eot}
Associated Press
10/12/2012 11:55:48 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

TORONTO - The Cuban men's soccer team came to Canada with 15 players. But it only had 11 when it played Canada in a World Cup qualifier.

Pressed on the issue after the game, Cuban coach Alexander Gonzalez was initially reluctant to discuss anything but soccer, however, he admitted through an interpreter that some players had left the team.

Gonzalez said he had a squad of 15 players when he left Cuba and that four had since left the team. One of those was sick, he added without elaborating.

Gonzalez lamented the departures.

"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."

Canada dressed 10 substitutes for the game. Cuba's bench, meanwhile, was empty other than for its coaches.

Canada, ranked 61st in the world, defeated No. 146 Cuba 3-0.

Soccer balls (Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Premier League Shows on TSN.ca

TSN.ca is Canada's exclusive home to highlight and feature programs from the Barclay's Premier League. Check out the latest programs on VOD below.


Net Busters

BPL Match Pack

Podcasts

TSN 690 - The Morning Show Chats with Grant Needham, July 28th

The IMFC color commentator joins the program to discuss yet another late loss, this time at the hands of the visiting Portland Timbers.

TSN690: oranges at halftime with Noel Butler: July 22nd

Host Noel Butler is joined by Impact Assistant Coach Mauro Biello and Impact Colourman Grant Needham on the July 22nd edition of Oranges at Halftime.

TSN 690 oranges @ halftime July 22: Mauro Biello

Impact Assistant and an MLS season ebbing away


More Podcasts

TSN TweetBox
© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television