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US Defeats Cuba in Gold Cup Soccer - 2002-01-22


The United States has downed Cuba, 1-0, in the Gold Cup regional football (soccer) tournament in Pasadena, California. The U.S. team scored in the 22nd minute of the game, on a penalty kick by Brian McBride.

The goal gave the United States its second win in the Gold Cup opening round. The U.S. team beat South Korea, 2-1, Saturday.

U.S. coach Bruce Arena says he is pleased with Monday's win over Cuba, which came despite a number of missteps. The U.S. team out-shot the Cubans 5-2, but failed to follow through.

"It was a difficult match. The Cubans fought hard. We didn't do well with our chances, but we're still happy to walk away with the win and look forward to playing on Sunday," Mr. Arena said.

The United States will play in the Gold Cup quarterfinals Sunday.

Cuban coach Miguel Company believes the U.S. and Cuban teams were evenly matched, with the United States only gaining the advantage on the penalty kick.

Cuba will face South Korea Wednesday, as first-round Gold Cup play continues.

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