Chronicle News Services
Monday, June 13, 2011
A Cuban soccer player has defected during CONCACAF's Gold Cup
tournament, leaving the team hotel in Charlotte, N.C.
In an interview aired Sunday on Univision, Yosniel Mesa, 30, said he
wanted to play professionally, which is not possible in Cuba.
Cuba lost 5-0 to Mexico in Charlotte on Thursday night. After the game,
Mesa said, he climbed down a fire-escape ladder and ran to a car where
family members were waiting. Mesa was listed as "injured" on Cuba's
roster for Sunday's 6-1 loss to El Salvador in Chicago. The team left
Soldier Field immediately after the game, with coach Raul Gonzalez
skipping the postgame news conference.
-- Mexico cruised into the Gold Cup quarterfinals when Andres Guardado
scored twice and Rafael Marquez and Pablo Barrera each added a goal in a
4-1 victory over Costa Rica.
-- In MLS, Graham Zusi scored twice, once off a stunning 50-yard free
kick in the 55th minute, as Sporting Kansas City beat host FC Dallas 4-1
to end a 10-game winless stretch. ... Cristian Nazarit scored on a
rebound in stoppage time to lift the Chicago Fire over the Columbus Crew
1-0, ending an 11-game winless streak.