U.S. To Face Cuba in Gold Cup Quarterfinals
FOXBORO, Mass. (July 16, 2003) - The United States will face Cuba for the second-consecutive Gold Cup tournament when they meet in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Gold Cup on July 19 in Foxboro, Mass. Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Univision. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
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"We're looking forward to the opportunity of playing against Cuba in the quarterfinals," said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. "Cuba played very well against us last year, and have proven to be a difficult opponent. Our team will certainly come prepared to play Saturday."
Costa Rica defeated Cuba 3-0 in the final match of Group D play earlier this evening. A full volley blast from Walter Centeno seconds into first-half stoppage time gave Costa Rica the early lead, and goals by substitutes Steve Bryce and Erick Scott sealed the Ticos place as the top team in the group. All three teams finished with three points, with Cuba edging past Canada for second place based on goals for (2). Costa Rica will face the winner of the El Salvador vs. Martinique match to be played later this evening.
The United States met Cuba in last year's Gold Cup, winning 1-0 in the second match of Group A. Brian McBride scored from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute to improve the USA's all-time record against Cuba to 3-1-1, and ensuring their advancement to the quarterfinals.
Should the U.S. advance, the semifinals are being played in Miami on July 23 and Mexico City on July 24, with the championship final scheduled for July 27 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
July 16, 2003 - Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - CONCACAF Gold Cup - Group D
1 2 F
Costa Rica 1 2 3 Walter Centeno 46+, Steve Bryce 72', Erick Scott 78'
Cuba 0 0 0
CRC (3-5-2): 23-Ricardo Gonzalez; 3-Luis Marin, 19-Mauricio Wright, 5-Gilberto Martinez; 8-Mauricio Solis, 4-Alexander Castro, 6-Wilmar Lopez (17-Steven Bryce, 71), 10-Walter Centeno, 22-Carlos Castro (12-Leonardo Gonzalez, 79) ; 21-Winston Parks, 7-Rolando Fonseca (14-Erick Scott, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Alvaro Mesen, 13-Luis Vallejos, 16-Ty Bennett, 20-Pablo Chinchilla
CUB (4-4-2): 1-Alex Molina, 6-Livan Perez, 16-Reizander Fernandez, 5-Alexander Crusata, 4-Silvio Minoso; 17-Pedro Faife, 7-Jorge Ramirez, 3-Jeniel Marquez, 18-Alain Cervantes (8-Eduardo Morales, 75); 10-Lester More (11-Rene Infante, 63) 13-Maikel Castaneda (9-Lazaro Dalcourt, 90)
Subs not used: 12-Alexis Reve, 2-Nayuri Rivero, 14-Jaime Colome, 15-Lazaro Ruiz