The United States will look to continue their great run of form against Cuba in the 2013 Gold Cup.
Jurgen Klinsmann has gone from goat to savior in a matter of months.
Go back to the friendly loss against Belgium. The U.S. looked abject on the pitch and didn't have any major direction.
Presently, the United States are fresh off wins against Guatemala and Belize by a combined score of 12-1, and that's largely with their "B" team. The Americans firmly look like the favorites to win the tournament.
Meanwhile, Cuba will just be looking to get back on track after a 3-0 loss to Costa Rica. Coming in, you wouldn't have expected Cuba to advance out of this group, and they demonstrated why on Tuesday.
With a win, the United States will almost certainly book their place in the knockout stage. A win or a draw for Cuba would keep their chances of advancing alive.
Here's a quick preview for this big Gold Cup match.
When: Saturday, July 13, 4 p.m. ET
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
USA Player to Watch: Chris Wondolowski
It took just 41 minutes for Chris Wondolowski to register a hat-trick against Belize. Repeating that kind of performance will be hard to do, but the 30-year-old striker should have another good game. He could start by having "Wondowlowski" on the back of his shirt again.
This is the perfect kind of tournament for a player like Wondolowski. He has been fantastic for the San Jose Earthquakes and almost broke the MLS season goalscoring record last year.
That's all well and good, but going up against top countries in the World Cup, you wonder if Wondolowski is the kind of player you'd make a first-choice striker. He's 30 years old and won't get much better in the next year.
If he continues playing as well as he did against Belize, though, he may not give Klinsmann any choice. The Gold Cup is all about finding new talent to use for qualifying. Wondolowski has so far made the most of his opportunity.
Cuba Player to Watch: Yenier Marquez
Yenier Marquez is one of Cuba's most senior players. He's the kind of player his teammates look toward when things start going wrong. It will be up to him to ensure that Cuba remains composed on the pitch.
More importantly, Marquez will need to be the anchor for the back four.
The United States should spend a lot of time on the ball, looking to get into the final third. They'll likely have multiple threatening opportunities. It will be up to Marquez to keep his defense organized, limit any open shots on goal for the Americans and to try to shackle Wondolowski in the 18-yard box.
This should be a comfortable win for the United States. It won't be quite as one-sided as their wins over Guatemala and Belize, but it should be at least a two-goal victory.
The U.S. looked very good in their victory over Belize. According to ESPN FC, the United States had 73 percent of possession and got 14 shots on goal to Belize's two.
Cuba will present tougher opposition, but they're also coming off a 3-0 loss to what is just a good Costa Rica side. They didn't offer much in the attack and couldn't keep hold of the ball.
The United States will get an early goal, and it will be all uphill for Cuba from there. The Americans will add a couple more goals, with Cuba getting a consolation goal.
United States 3, Cuba 1
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