USMNT vs Cuba: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

The U.S. men’s team are in desperate need of a win after an abysmal run of form that included two disappointing defeats to El Tri

The U.S. men’s national team will begin their inaugural Nations League campaign when they welcome Cuba at Audi Field in Washington D.C. on Friday night.

It will be a must-win game for Gregg Berhalter’s side as they have now registered three games without a win, a streak that includes two defeats to rivals Mexico.

The U.S. will head into the game as favorites against Cuba, and a victory for Berhalter will come as immense relief as he began his reign as head coach to a less-than-dream start.

Game USMNT vs Cuba
Date Friday, October 11
Time 12am BST / 7pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game will be shown on Fox Sports 1 and livestreamed on Fox Sports GO.

US TV channel Online stream
Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports GO

In the UK, the match will not be shown live on television or livestreamed.

UK TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Position USMNT squad
Goalkeepers Guzan, Johnson, Steffen
Defenders Cannon, Lima, Long, Lovitz, Miazga, Ream, Yedlin
Midfielders Aaronson, Bradley, Lletget, McKennie, Pulisic, Roldan, Trapp, Yueill
Forwards Arriola, Baird, Boyd, Morris, Sargent, Zardes

Both Jozy Altidore and Walker Zimmerman had to withdraw from the squad after sustaining injuries with their MLS clubs.

USMNT XI: Guzan; Cannon, Miazga, Ream, Lovitz; McKennie, Roldan, Yueill; Morris, Sargent, Pulisic

Position Cuba squad
Goalkeepers Johnson, Pozo, Sanchez
Defenders Armelo, Espino, Garcia, Hurtado, Morejon, Piedra, Ramos, Rizo
Midfielders Abreu, Hernandez, La Perea, Monzon, Paradela, Perez, Reve, Rodriguez
Forwards Cruz, Reyes

Raul Mederos has no major injury issues ahead of the USMNT clash.

Cuba XI: Johnson; Cruz, Rizo, Morejon, Ramos; Hernandez, Espino, Abreu, Rodriguez; Paradela, Reyes

Betting & Match Odds

The USMNT are 8/13 to win with bet365 . Cuba are considered a 5/1 bet to come out on top and a draw is available at 16/5.

Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.

Match Preview

Much like the UEFA Nations League, Concacaf’s version of the competiton was designed to increase the quality and competitiveness of international matches for the association.

The new competition is set to offer higher-quality matches for the regional teams, and will also serve as qualification for the 2021 Gold Cup.

Berhalter confirmed that Werder Bremen striker Josh Sargent will start in the game against Cuba, stating in his pre-match conference on Tuesday: “Josh will start the game tomorrow so he has a great opportunity.

“It will be nice to see how he can perform tomorrow in the context of the team performance.”

Though some have dismissed the value of the Nations League, Berhalter has reiterated the importance of the competition, stating his belief that Friday’s game against Cuba and Tuesdays match against Canada will provide his side with crucial preparation ahead of World Cup qualification.

“It’s important to mix in friendlies against high caliber opponents but it’s also important for us to play our part in Concacaf and understand that this is a competition,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for us to go out on the road and compete. And there’s a trophy up for grabs. In general, I think this is good preparation for World Cup qualifying. And good experience for the group at this stage of its development.

“For us, it’s important in a way that we get to compete against Concacaf teams. We get to play away games. We get to prepare our group for the rhythm of what World Cup qualifying looks like. For us, these games are important.”

The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in October 2017 – the first time they failed to qualify for such a tournament since 1986.

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