U.S. expects hostile reception in Cuba

September 2, 2008
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
When Cuba opened the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying on Aug. 20 against Trinidad and Tobago, only 4,000 fans bothered to tear themselves away from the Olympics to watch the home side fall, 3-1. The atmosphere was far from intimidating, but chances are that a very different kind of environment awaits the United States when they take on Cuba this Saturday in Havana.

Given the longtime animosity between their respective governments, there is always an extra edge when ...

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