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SI writer Grant Wahl and photographer Simon Bruty journeyed abroad recently for the U.S. vs. Cuba World Cup soccer qualifier. Here is some of what they've seen in Cuba. The Malecón is Havana's long oceanfront avenue where Habaneros pass the time on lazy weekends and weekday evenings. This group of seven college students spent Tuesday getting soaked by the bracing salt-water waves crashing into the seawall. "When is the soccer game?" one of them asked. Saturday: 8 p.m. "I think we'll go."

Text: Grant Wahl/SI
Photo: Simon Bruty/SI

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