I don' know if Maykel Galindo opened the door wide open but it seems now that whenever a Cuban soccer team comes to the United States to play in a tournament, some players defect. Of course, Galindo was not the first but since 2005 there has been a relative free-for-all with Cuban players defecting.
At the Gold Cup last year, there were two players who bolted as Lester More and Osvaldo Alonso left their national team and homeland for the U.S. Now, there are seven Cubans who have abandoned their team and left their homeland as well.
It seems strange, then, that Cuban officials would be surprised that something like this most recent mass exodus happened. Maybe they aren't and are just presenting that to the media and their countrymen back home. Who knows?
Anyway, I am trying to find updates as to whether Cuba is officially going to forfeit the matches or not. I'm guessing they will have to but nothing official has been reported.