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United States star Fabian Johnson: Cuba trip was something special

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Fabian Johnson said the visit had made him realise nothing should be taken for granted.

United States international Fabian Johnson has told Express the squad's recent visit to Cuba was "one of the biggest adventures" of his career so far.

Borussia Monchengladbach winger Johnson was part of the squad that played the first United States friendly on Cuban soil in 69 years.

The 28-year-old, who has now returned to Germany, said he would not forget the trip and added: "We took things as they were, and looking back I can only say that it was something really special.

"We are used to wealth....

Timothy Chandler aims to earn spot on U.S. team for 2018 World Cup

Timothy Chandler relishes the idea of returning to the U.S. national team full-time and competing for his place on the 2018 World Cup squad.

Last Friday, Chandler, 26, returned to the U.S. team for the first time since the 2015 Gold Cup.

The Eintracht Frankfurt defender was named to the preliminary squad for the 2016 Copa America but missed the trip due to an injury. He returned for the first time as a substitute in the 2-0 win at Cuba.

The German-born U.S. full-back has been one of the surprises...

Julian Green and Chris Wondolowski an unlikely and effective U.S. pairing

Jurgen Klinsmann is fond of saying how the door is never really closed for a national team player. Last month, it was Sacha Kljestan who was living proof of that statement. In Friday's 2-0 victory over Cuba, it was time for Julian Green -- and to a slightly lesser extent, Chris Wondolowski -- to be held up as an example.

Green and Wondolowski were involved in both goals at the Estadio Pedro Marrero. It was Green's shot in the 62nd minute that was parried away by Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez, only...

U.S. makes hard work of subduing Cuba, as Wondolowski secures 2-0 win

Playing a rare friendly in the island nation of Cuba, the U.S. men's national team secured a 2-0 victory over the hosts. Second-half goals from substitute Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green proved to be the difference for the visitors. That said, the U.S. had to sweat some nervy moments on the defensive end, as Cuba twice hit the woodwork.

Here are three thoughts on an inconsistent performance:

1. U.S. made hard work of subduing Cuba

Let's be clear: The last time the U.S. had played a friendly...

Finally back in the fold, Kljestan is seizing his opportunity with the U.S.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Sacha Kljestan's last trip to Cuba made a lasting impression.

It was just over eight years ago that the U.S. traveled to the island nation for a World Cup qualifier in the semifinal round. Kljestan recalled that the U.S. prevailed 1-0 on a Clint Dempsey goal. But what the New York Red Bulls midfielder saw around the game was burned into his memory as well.

"Things are different down in Cuba; you see all the cars from the 1950s, and stuff like that," he said prior to Monday's...