United States and Cuba traded possession throughout the first part of the first quarter. The United States earned the first penalty corner of the match. The United States’ Moritz Runzi made sure the United States capitalized as he completed a well-executed corner play to give the United States the lead in the 9th minute. Two minutes later, Cuba looked to tie the match, but a high shot was blocked by the United States keeper Christopher Rea. With either team unable to finish in the final minutes of the first quarter, the United States kept the lead going into the second quarter. Throughout the beginning of the second quarter play was in the midfield. In the middle of the second quarter the United States earned a couple more penalty corners. This time it was Aki Kaeppler to complete the penalty corner play to give his team a two goal lead over Cuba in the 24th minute. The United States maintained their attacking intensity and Will Holt scored in the 28th minute to make it United States 3, Cuba nill to close out the first half.
The second half started with Cuba on attack and quickly earning a penalty corner. Cuba’s Maikel Trizant converted the penalty corner in the 32nd minute to pull Cuba within two goals of the United States. The United States Captain Pat Harris kept trying to work the ball in the midfield, but Reynaldo Gonzalez and Yasmanny Gutierrez played strong in the midfield for Cuba. For the rest of the third quarter Cuba had more of the possession, but like the United States was unable to get the ball out of the midfield and into their attacking half. The fourth quarter continued as the third left off with both teams battling in the midfield. Cuba’s Yoandy Blanco found the back of the net past Rea to pull Cuba within one goal in the 51st minute. Following Blanco’s goals, the overall intensity of the match increased and the United States traded penalty corners in the final minutes. While the United States was unable to convert their penalty corner, Blanco capitalized off Cuba’s penalty corner opportunity to tie the match in the 59th minute. With Cuba able to hold off a last minute United States attack the final result was a 3-3 United States Cuba draw.