Mexico Beat Cuba So Hard, A Player Defected

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

If a player wants to leave a club, he hands in a transfer-request. What if he wants to leave a country?

Last week, Mexico and Cuba met in Charlotte for their CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match. Led by Javier “Little Berba” Hernandez, El Tri reached up inside Cuba, pulled the giblets out, and stuffed them, 5-0.

After the game, motivated by what was either a show of such great patriotism that he could not bear to return to his homeland with the stain of such a defeat or a desire to own a car made after the Eisenhower Administration, 30 year old Cuban forward Yosniel Mesa defected to the United States, climbing down a fire escape in his hotel and meeting a waiting car.

He was listed as “injured” for Cuba’s final match on Sunday, although not as injured as he might have been had they discovered his plot.

Mesa is hardly the first Cuban soccer player to defect. In recent years, Maykel Galindo, Lester More, and Osvaldo Alonso sought asylum in the U.S. and went on to play professional soccer.

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