Gold Cup Today: USA takes on Cuba, Haiti vs. Jamaica — Quarterfinals

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The first day of Gold Cup quarterfinal action gets underway today in Baltimore as the USMNT looks to knock out Cuba and advance to the final four.

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The U.S. should be pleased with their draw against Cuba, a side few expected to get out of the group stage. However, the USMNT’s play has been far from convincing so far, so a strong performance is necessary today. In the other quarterfinal, the Reggae Boyz from Jamaica will look to build on an impressive showing in the Group B with a match against Caribbean neighbors Haiti.

Below is a brief preview on what to expect from both games, while you can follow the action live by clicking on the link above.

Game 19: USA vs. Cuba
When: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Live updates: NBCSports.com

Jurgen Klinsmann and the boys got the easiest draw in the quarterfinals, facing off against an undermanned Cuban side. Another player has defected from the Cuban team, this time midfielder Ariel Martinez, which now brings the tally up to four players who have left the team during this Gold Cup. The USMNT sent home Jozy Altidore after a hamstring injury led to a poor showing in the group stage, which puts even more pressure on Clint Dempsey to continue to score goals. The U.S. should win this game and look to build some momentum heading into the semifinals.

Game 20: Haiti vs. Jamaica
When: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET
WhereM&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Live updates: NBCSports.com

Jamaica impressed a lot of people when they won Group B with two wins and a draw. However, the Reggae Boyz must get past a pesky Haiti side that has caused some problems in the group stage. Haiti conceded just two goals in three matches, relying on their counter-attack to try and create offensive pressure. For Jamaica, Garath McCleary has scored half of the teams goals and looks in fine form as the Reggae Boyz have tallied the second-most shots on goal in the tournament.