Who: Cuba vs USMNT
When: Tuesday, November 19th @ 7:30pm ET
Line: Cuba +2200 | Draw +1500 | USMNT -5000
What’s at stake? A top table finish for the US. Why is that important? A first-place finish assures qualification for the June semifinals and for the 2021 Gold Cup. The 2021 Gold Cup serves as the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier.
Also important: since this is an official competition, the matches are weighted heavier than friendlies and impact FIFA’s global rankings to a greater degree. Those rankings determine seeding in the 2022 World Cup draw.
All the US needs to do is win the match and they’ll finish top of table based on goal differential.
Cuba vs USMNT Odds
The US is heavily favored at -5000. Cuba is priced at +2200. The draw is +1500. For those new to soccer betting, those numbers mean the following:
- You’d need to bet $5000 to win $100 on a US victory.
- However, a $100 wager would earn you $2200 if Cuba won.
- If you think the match will end tied, a $100 wager earns you $1500.
Where to Watch Cuba vs USMNT
In the US, the match will be broadcast on FS1.
Cuba vs USMNT Preview
The US is ranked 23rd in FIFA’s soccer rankings. Cuba is 145th. Under no circumstances should the US not dominate this match.
Coming off a 4-1 win against Canada, the US should be feeling confident. Gregg Berhalter’s seat is a little less hot than it was a week ago. It would be an utterly historic collapse for the US to lose this.
However, Trinidad & Tobago were around the 100th ranked FIFA team when the US lost to them in 2017. So it’s not completely unprecedented.
Regardless, expect the following:
- Rotation, rotation, rotation. Berhalter will rotate in some of his younger players who didn’t start against Canada. Josh Sargent should earn a start. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson will likely get a cap in place of Brad Guzan. Sergino Dest will almost certainly get another run out. Tyler Boyd will as well.
- Less goals than you’d think. Oddsmakers have this match as even-money at +/- 4.5 goals. Those anticipating a 9-0 type US rout might be disappointed.
- Lots of spin. US Soccer will hail any positive result as proof that Gregg Berhalter was the right hire. He’s not. He’ll never be. But that’ll be the narrative.
- No Pulisic. Just in case you haven’t heard, Christian Pulisic is injured. He won’t be there.
Where to Bet CONCACAF Nations League
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer online in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.