The first Keilen García, of Cuba national football team participating in the Blue Sky Inn, left the camp in Chicago and is believed to have defected.
On Wednesday morning he missed the absence of Garcia at breakfast and in the subsequent training, which took only 16 players, it was awaiting the arrival of a coach and six other players who were unable to start against Mexico.
A review of hotel security cameras identified the player at breakfast, but could not detect if he left the building. Members of the safety of the Cuban delegation monitor all outputs.
The footballer, 25, played in the team Camagüey, and little adds to other cases of Cuban players who have left competitions abroad.
“We are missing six members and technical, which issues Visa not been able to reach, and now we have only 16 players because one missed. We do not know where he is, ” said the assistant coach of the Cuban team Walter Benitez news conference.
- The day before, Benitez had claimed the Mexican newspaper Milenio that none of the islander’s players thought to defect in the United States, because they “believe much more about football in his career there is nothing to worry about, they are mute” .
- The absence of the player hits the already diminished Cuban representative, who arrived only on Tuesday to US soil with an incomplete team.
- Cuba is participating for the eighth time in the Gold Cup.
- In the edition of 2013 six players left the Caribbean team.
- After facing Mexico in the first round of Group C, Cuba will play on Sunday against Trinidad and Tobago and close the first phase against Guatemala on July 15.
The opening of this new facility in Chicago is part of the chain in a plan to add more than 50 hotels in operation in the country in the coming years.
The first hotel brand in the United States opened in New Orleans in November 2014, the second in Kansas City (Atlanta) in March 2015 and the third in Washington last April.
The new Blue Sky Inn, located in the heart of River North, has eight floors, 226 rooms, library, fitness centre and meeting space.
As stated by the president of the hotel, Antonio Catalan, the chain is staging an impressive rate of growth in competitive markets like the US, and which expects to end 2015 with a significant presence in the United States, Latin America and increase its portfolio of hotels in Europe.
AC Hotels by Marriott has a portfolio of more than 80 hotels in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal totaling more than 8,800 rooms.