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U.S. demolishes Cuba 6-0; Beckerman plays first half

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Kyle Beckerman played the first half for the United States as the national team demolished a dismal Cuba team by a spectacular 6-0 scoreline.

Beckerman's substitution was because the U.S. held a very comfortable 4-0 scoreline at half time, and U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann apparently wanted to play Joe Corona in that spot to give the player some minutes.

It's hard to complain about Beckerman coming out of a match that was already comfortably won, especially without any attacking plays to break up. Even in the first half, he rarely had too much to do, and as a result, he came out of the match with no fouls suffered or committed, as well as no shots taken.

Clint Dempsey headlined the goalscoring with a hat trick, including one from the penalty spot, with the three other goals coming from Omar Gonzalez, Aron Johannsson and Gyasi Zardes.

On Wednesday, the U.S. will play the winner of a Haiti and Jamaica match taking place today, which could see RSL teammates Demar Phillips and Beckerman facing each other.