This is certainly not a Charlotte story you read every day. A Cuban soccer player, Yosniel Mesa, defected after a Gold Cup game downtown (or, as it is called here, uptown). He said he was defecting for economic reasons (i.e. the ability to play professionally) rather than political. There is also a very sad side to the story:
Mesa left his young daughter and her mother behind in Cuba, he said. He didn't tell them he hoped not to return. "She's five years old. She wouldn't have understood," Mesa said of his daughter.
In all, it is unfortunate that in the 21st century there is still such a thing as defection.