Reuters) - The New York Cosmos have arranged a sporting step in the move toward normalizing relations with Cuba by announcing on Monday a June 2 match in Havana against the Cuba national soccer team.
Three months after President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro vowed to restore diplomatic ties severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first U.S. professional soccer club team to play in Cuba since 1978.
"We had several trips to Washington, my colleagues met with the State Department officials responsible and they've been truly fantastic, a lot of support," said Seamus O'Brien, chairman of the North American Soccer League club.
Attending the news conference in midtown Manhattan were U.S. Congressmen Charles Rangel and Gregory Meeks.
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The Cosmos being a US soccer to go to where no other has gone in many, many years.