Gold Cup Preview: USA - Cuba

In Utah, the United States will welcome Cuba, looking for another blowout after scoring six goals in two straight games.
USA (4-4-2): Rimando; Parkhurst, Goodson, Orozco Fiscal, Beasley; Corona, Holden, Diskerud, Torres; Donovan, Wondolowski.


GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Cuba (4-5-1): Molina; Malblanche, Urgelles, Clavelo, Corrales, Joel Colome; Martinez, Gomez, Jaine Colome, Marquez; Puga.


GOALKEEPERS: Odelin Molina, Julio Ramos Pichardo, Disovelis Guerra

DEFENDERS: Michel Marquez, Jorge Luis Clavelo, Joel Colome, Jorge Luis Corrales, Alianni Urgelles, Renay Malblanche, Angel Horta

MIDFIELDERS: Jenier Marquez, Yasmany Lopez, Jaine Colome, Jose Ciprian Alfonso, Ariel Martinez, Liban Perez, Dayron Blanco, Alberto Gomez

FORWARDS: Armando Coroneaux, Miguel Angel Sanchez, Alexey Zuasnabar, Yoandir Puga, Jesus Rodriguez


  • These teams come into the match top and bottom of Group C. The United States beat Belize 6-1 in Portland, Ore., shortly after Cuba lost 3-0 to Costa Rica on the same field.
  • Chris Wondolowski scored a first-half hat trick in the USA's Gold Cup opener. He had gone his first nine international games without a goal, and has four in his last two.
  • Cuba's roster is entirely domestic-based.
  • Landon Donovan crossed the 50-goal barrier on the international level with his two goals in the Americans' 6-0 rout of Guatemala in a friendly on Friday. In the win over Belize he hit the 50 assist mark as well. No other American has reached either milestone.
  • Stuart Holden played the second half against Belize and scored the Americans' fourth goal. His last international goal came four years prior, against Haiti in the 2009 Gold Cup group stages.
  • DaMarcus Beasley was named U.S. captain for the Gold Cup by manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • The top two teams in each group and the best two third-placed teams advance to the knockout rounds.