Four Cubans defect before game versus Canada
By KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency
|Will Johnson of Canada and Adonis Ramos of Cuba during the World Cup soccer qualifier held at BMO field on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)
Cuban head coach Garces Gonzalez stubbornly commented on why Cuba only suited 11 players in a World Cup qualifier against Canada Friday night.
“I’m only here to talk about soccer,” he said, before continuing and giving reporters insight into what happened in the days leading up to the match. “There were some players who left the team.”
“We came with 15 players and there were four players who have left the team.”
Gonazalez went so far as to blame FIFA for his players’ defection.
“As with any Cuban sport team that travels they are all chasing the American dream,” he said. “For the team to try and keep the team together it’s difficult. If FIFA would allow these players to play in other league perhaps this wouldn’t happen in the future.”
Cuba has had a history of defection, especially when the club plays in the U.S.
In 2008, seven players defected during Olympic qualification in the U.S.