Those underestimating Cuba in this competition may do so at their own peril. The Lions of the Caribbean possess a talented offense spearheaded by Maykel Reyes. The 22-year-old led the squad in Caribbean qualifying with seven goals, including five in an 11-1 win over Aruba. He also struck for the goal that enabled Cuba to topple Guatemala in July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, sealing it a place in the quarterfinals. Equally impressive is 20-year-old forward Frank Lopez, who scored nine goals in CONCACAF Under-20 competition over the last 15 months (7 in Caribbean qualifying, 2 in CONCACAF finals). Although it has appeared in two Olympic Games (1976, 1980) Cuba is winless in 13 all-time CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying finals matches. It is making a third straight appearances in the competition.
Player to Track: DF Adrian Arturo Diz Pe (La Habana/Cuba)