- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The United States will play Cuba in a friendly for the first time since 1947 on Oct. 7 in Havana.

It will be just the second visit to Cuba in the last 69 years for the American men, who won 1-0 on Sept. 6, 2008 in a World Cup qualifying match. The exhibition game comes a month after the United States concludes the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup with matches against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then against Trinidad and Tobago.

“We are happy to have the chance to bring our team to Cuba,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “In addition to good competition, we are always looking for our group to have different experiences, and this is a unique opportunity.”

The United States comes off finishing fourth at Copa America Centenario, which it hosted.

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