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)
Trinidad & Tobago
PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, serves as home to Philadelphia Union. Since opening its doors on June 27, 2010, it has hosted numerous events for multiple sports. In October 2014, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship finals were held there as the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico earned berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two years earlier, the MLS All-Stars squared off against English-power Chelsea before a crowd of 19,236. PPL Park has been recognized on multiple occasions, winning awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine for “Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year,” the Delaware County Planning Commission for outstanding land projects in the County and the NCS4 Facility Achievement Award that honors venues that excel in safety and security operations.
City: Chester, Pennsylvania
Past Gold Cups:first-time venue
Field Size: 120 x 75