WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, the United States men's national team opens its CONCACAF Nations League campaign at Audi Field. The opponent? Cuba, the 178th-best team in the world and 25th-best team in CONCACAF, according to the most recent FIFA rankings.
It's a game the Americans should not just win but dominate. They've done so in the past, posting a 3-0 record and a plus-14 goal differential over the past three home matches against the island nation.
Christian Pulisic has said he won't let his benching with Chelsea affect his confidence for the U.S. national team as it prepares to face Cuba, and insisted he is in peak form despite a lack of playing time of late.
"I feel the best I ever have. I feel very confident in my game. I'm not going to let any of that affect me," Pulisic said on Wednesday. "I feel very strong, and I'm really looking forward to this game Friday."
Former United States men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann called the CONCACAF Nations League "a waste of time" and said that if the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica are ever going to get to the level of the top international sides, they need to find competition outside the region.
Curacao reserve goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday in Haiti while on international duty.
Pieter, 31, felt unwell and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince, where the Curacao team are staying ahead of Tuesday's CONCACAF Nations League match against Haiti.
SAN ANTONIO -- Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is tipping Mexico to be a world power in the near future and heaped praise on Gerardo "Tata" Martino ahead of the friendly between the two at the Alamodome.