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Cosmos in Cuba

The New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL) traveled to Havana, Cuba, for an exhibition soccer match on June 2, 2015, against the Cuban national team. The Cosmos won, 4-1.

The Cosmos are the first U.S. pro team to visit the island since the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 and the first for pro soccer since the Chicago Sting in 1978.

New York Cosmos' David Diosa is helped off
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New York Cosmos' David Diosa is helped off the pitch after an injury during a friendly soccer match against Cuba at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Cuba's Andy Vaquero Ruiz, left, celebrates after scoring
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Cuba's Andy Vaquero Ruiz, left, celebrates after scoring Cuba's only goal against the New York Cosmos as Reinier Cerdeira comes in to join him, during a friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos' Lucky Mkosana, left, fights for
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New York Cosmos' Lucky Mkosana, left, fights for the ball against Cuba's Jorge Luis Clavelo during their friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos' Carlos Mendes and Cuba's Maikel
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New York Cosmos' Carlos Mendes and Cuba's Maikel Reyes battle for the ball during a friendly football match on June 2, 2015 at Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana.

New York Cosmos' Lucky Mkosana, center, and Cuba's
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New York Cosmos' Lucky Mkosana, center, and Cuba's Angel Lesnay battle for the ball during a friendly football match on June 2, 2015 at Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana.

A security guard slips while trying to catch
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A security guard slips while trying to catch a fan who walked into the field during a friendly soccer match between the New York Cosmos and Cuba at the Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

A stadium worker puts up the number four
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A stadium worker puts up the number four on the scoreboard after the New York Cosmos scored their fourth goal against Cuba during their friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Cuba's goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez reacts after failing to
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Cuba's goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez reacts after failing to stop a goal by the New York Cosmos during a friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos' Raul Gonzalez helps Cuba's goalkeeper
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New York Cosmos' Raul Gonzalez helps Cuba's goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez after a tackle during their friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos captain Carlos Mendez, left, and
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New York Cosmos captain Carlos Mendez, left, and Cuba's Maikel Reyes Ascuy fight for the ball during their friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. New York

Cuba's players greet each other before kickoff for
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Cuba's players greet each other before kickoff for their friendly match against the New York Cosmos at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Cuba's Ariel Pedro Martinez heads the ball over
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Cuba's Ariel Pedro Martinez heads the ball over New York Cosmos' Sebastian Guenzatti, left, and Hunter Freeman, right, during their friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos players celebrate a goal scored
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New York Cosmos players celebrate a goal scored against Cuba during their friendly soccer match at the Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos' Raul, top, helps Cuban goalkeeper
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New York Cosmos' Raul, top, helps Cuban goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez during an international friendly in Havana on June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos' Raul poses with Cuban players
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New York Cosmos' Raul poses with Cuban players during an international friendly in Havana on June 2, 2015.

New York Cosmos players walk onto the pitch
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New York Cosmos players walk onto the pitch during an international friendly against Cuba in Havana on June 2, 2015.

Cubans stand by a U.S. flag during an
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Cubans stand by a U.S. flag during an international friendly between Cuba and the New York Cosmos in Havana on June 2, 2015.

Cubans take a selfie in front of a
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Cubans take a selfie in front of a U.S. flag during an international friendly between Cuba and the New York Cosmos in Havana on June 2, 2015.

Brazilian football legend Pele, center, waves from a
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Brazilian football legend Pele, center, waves from a balcony during an international friendly between Cuba and the New York Cosmos in Havana on June 2, 2015.

Fans watch during an international friendly between Cuba
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Fans watch during an international friendly between Cuba and the New York Cosmos in Havana on June 2, 2015.

Cubans wave Cuban and U.S. flags during an
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Cubans wave Cuban and U.S. flags during an international friendly between Cuba and the New York Cosmos in Havana on June 2, 2015.

Cosmos player Raul Gonzalez signs the shirt of
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Cosmos player Raul Gonzalez signs the shirt of a fan after arriving at Melia Cohiba Hotel in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The New York Cosmos will play against the Cuban national soccer team in a friendly match on Tuesday.

Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New
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Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New York Cosmos at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New
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Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New York Cosmos at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New
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Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New York Cosmos at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New
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Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New York Cosmos at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Raul Gonzale of the New York Cosmos football
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Raul Gonzale of the New York Cosmos football team arrives at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New
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Brazilian football legend Pele arrives with the New York Cosmos at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks arrives at Jose
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Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks arrives at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos football team will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on JUne 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island.

Spanish player Raul Gonzalez (C) of the New
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Spanish player Raul Gonzalez (C) of the New York Cosmos football team arrives at Jose Marti Airport on May 31, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on JUne 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the Communist-ruled island. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

New York Cosmos soccer team player Raul Gonzalez
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New York Cosmos soccer team player Raul Gonzalez takes part in a training session at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

New York Cosmos' Raul Gonzalez arrives at the
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New York Cosmos' Raul Gonzalez arrives at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

New York Cosmos's Raul Gonzalez takes part in
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New York Cosmos's Raul Gonzalez takes part in a training session at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

New York Cosmos players train at the Pedro
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New York Cosmos players train at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

The New York Cosmos' Raul Gonzalez and teammates
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The New York Cosmos' Raul Gonzalez and teammates train at the Pedro Marrero Stadium on Monday, June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

New York Cosmos's Raul Gonzalez takes part in
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New York Cosmos's Raul Gonzalez takes part in a training session at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

Stadium workers use an old Russian motorcycle with
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Stadium workers use an old Russian motorcycle with a sidecar which they use to transport tools at the Pedro Marrero stadium as New York Cosmos soccer players train for a friendly match against Cuba's national team, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 1, 2015. On Tuesday, the team will become the first U.S. professional team to play in Cuba since Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced that they were re-establishing diplomatic relations.

New York Cosmos soccer team player Raul Gonzalez,
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New York Cosmos soccer team player Raul Gonzalez, right, and teammates take part in a training session at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.

Brazilian-born Cosmos soccer player Marcos Senna gives a
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Brazilian-born Cosmos soccer player Marcos Senna gives a thumbs up to journalists as he arrives to train at the Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 1, 2015. Cuban officials said the upcoming friendly match between New York Cosmos team and Cuba's national team was a sign of soccer's growing popularity on the island and an important step in the normalization of the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

A New York Cosmos soccer team player poses
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A New York Cosmos soccer team player poses for a picture at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

New York Cosmos soccer team player Brazilian Marcos
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New York Cosmos soccer team player Brazilian Marcos Antonio Senna da Silva, right, arrives at the Pedro Marrero stadium on June 1, 2015 in Havana. The New York Cosmos will kick off a new era in sporting relations between the United States and Cuba on June 2, 2015 when they become the first American sports team in 16 years to play in the island.

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