SANDY -- When the United States Men's National Soccer Team rolled through Rio Tinto Stadium a few weeks ago, the American side battled its way to a 1-0 result against Honduras that pushed it to the brink of World Cup qualification.
The Red, White and Blue is looking for a similar outcome this afternoon.
The United States faces Cuba today at 1:30 p.m. in a nationally-televised match (Fox) at Rio Tinto Stadium, looking to secure a spot on the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Today's match is the second of three Group C fixtures for the U.S., with a victory locking down advancement to the Round of 8 in the regional tournament.
"They are very attack-minded, they have some skillful players and they're athletic as well. They play pretty good football," U.S. defender and Gold Cup captain DaMarcus Beasley told ussoccer.com. "We need to concentrate for 90 minutes and can't have lapses on the field."
It will be the 10th all-time meeting between the U.S. and Cuba, with the Americans holding a 7-1-1 record dating back to 1947. The last time the teams met was on Oct. 15, 2008, when the United States won 6-1 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
The U.S. defeated Belize in its Gold Cup opener on Tuesday in Portland, riding a first-half hat trick from Chris Wondolowski to a 6-1 win.
Cuba fell 3-0 to Costa Rica in its Cup opener on Tuesday.
Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando both earned starting XI spots in Jurgen Klinsmann's 4-1-3-2 formation against Belize and are likely to play a prominent role again in their own stadium.
RSL defender Tony Beltran is also available for selection by Klinsmann, and could find himself on the pitch today as the U.S. rotates the roster to keep fresh legs during the tournament's quick pacing.
Real forward Alvaro Saborio will also take to his home stadium's pitch later in the afternoon when Costa Rica takes on Belize in the second half of the Gold Cup double header at Rio Tinto, beginning at approximately 4 p.m.
A victory for the Ticos would also assure them of a quarterfinal berth, and set up a decisive match with the U.S. for the top spot in Group C on Tuesday in East Hartford, Conn.