The New York Cosmos are in Havana, where they'll take on the Cuban National Team in a friendly on Tuesday evening. This match will mark the 42nd different country in which the Cosmos have played, and will be the first contest involving a United States professional team played in Cuba this century.
While the outcome of the match will likely mean very little in the grand scheme of things, this will be one of the most significant events in the Cosmos' history, recent or otherwise. The club has been talking up this meeting ever since it became official, and even a run down stadium and some lengthy grass can't darken head coach Gio Savarese's mood.
The club took a large traveling contingent of fans along with them for the match, including New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony. For those of who who didn't make the trip, here's everything you need to know about Tuesday's historic match:
Opponent: Cuban National Team, Cosmos' historian Dr. David Kilpatrick did a wonderful piece on them here.
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET
Venue: Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba. There have been some concerns about the condition of the pitch, but the Cosmos don't seem to be complaining.
Forecast: Warm and humid, with a chance of rain and even thunderstorms later this evening.
Cosmos squad news: Marcos Senna was ruled out, and one or two others are expected to get the match off as they nurse nagging injuries. Raul will definitely start, and Savarese is expected to field a very strong side.
Television and streaming: There are loads of options to watch Tuesday's match. As always, ONE World Sports will televise and stream the contest, but ESPN have reached a deal to make the match available to a larger audience as well. They'll be showing the contest on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, and streaming it live on Watch ESPN.