Cosmos defeat Cuba in super-soaker friendly

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Umbrellas dotted the parameter of a soggy, worn-down pitch as the Cuban National team hosted the New York Cosmos for a friendly soccer football match in a persistent rain Tuesday in Havana.

The Cosmos, competitors in the second-tier North America Soccer League, became the first America sports team in 16 years to play in Cuba. The Cosmos won 4-1 over the Cuban team, whose members immediately went back to practicing baseball.

Leading up to the match, the Economic Times said “the fixture reflects the rapidly thawing ties between the United States and Cuba following moves to normalize relations between the former Cold War foes after a bitter five-decade schism.”

Despite the somewhat historic significance of the game, I admit I didn’t watch much. But, let’s hope this is the beginning of beautiful friendship, sporting and otherwise, between the United States and the Communist-governed nation. We’re probably going to see more of these events in the near future. Reports say the Baltimore Orioles will play an exhibition game in Cuba this year, but no date has been set. The Orioles played there in 1999.

As for Tuesday’s football match, many folks on Twitter had plenty to say about the game.

Wind knocked over a metal panel at Roland Garros Tuesday, injurying three people during the match between Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Kei Nishikori. …Candlestick Park is almost gone. … Construction on the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium is progressing toward completion in time for the 2016 U.S. Open. … More college rain delay antics. … High school, too.


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