US-Cuba relations may have entered a new era with the opening of embassies but defections to the US seem to be on the rise. Cuba's national football team was knocked out of the Gold Cup at the weekend but the team's return flight from the US will have a few extra spaces. At least four players have defected since the tournament kicked off on 7 July. Maybe more. The Cuban team came to their quarter-final match in Baltimore with a 19-man squad, just one more than what is required to participate in the tournament. "I think it's enough to play the game and to play the tournament," coach Raul Gonzalez told reporters. The American team's coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, seemed to feel his counterpart's pain when he said: "We know what they're going through on and off the field, so it's huge admiration with how they dealt with everything they went through." Since Presidents Obama and Castro announced a historic rapprochement between the two ideologically opposite neighbours in December, relations have been warming. On Monday, a Cuban embassy opened in Washington and an American embassy started business in Havana - the first embassies the two countries have exchanged in a half-century.