Twenty-three-year-old Roberto Linares, the high-scoring forward on Cuba's national team, sat down with SI.com for an interview on Wednesday. Linares scored Cuba's goal in its 1-1 tie with the U.S. during the Olympic qualifying tournament last March. Seven of his teammates on that team ended up defecting to the U.S., but Linares stayed in Cuba.
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