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Post-Match Quotes: U.S. Defeats South Africa 1-0

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley
On the play of Juan Agudelo:
“Juan is a young player. He played with our U-17 team in the World Championships. This year with New York Red Bull at the end of the season he began to make a little bit of an impact. We thought this was a good opportunity to bring him in to his first national team camp. We had a plan that he would be a sub in the second half. We think that there is something there, and we’re excited to work with him, and we also talk with him in a camp like this so he understands what it’s like going forward because like all young pros learning and doing things the right way is important, and they can’t get ahead of themselves. It's a good start, and certainly an exciting night for him."

U.S. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
On tonight's game:
"I thought we were organized. It was obviously a difficult game for us. There were a lot of young guys and it was the first time they were in with the national team. Any time you have that, especially with the short amount of time we were together, it's going to be a little bit difficult. We dealt well with it. I thought we were organized. The guys put in a tremendous amount of work for 90 minutes and that was the difference."

On the role of the experienced players:
"If you look at the back, I think we all took a little bit more upon our shoulders to help Tim [Ream] and obviously the other guys as well. Towards the end we made a lot of changes and there were a lot of new faces. At that point you try to stay as organized as you can and talk to each other. We did a good job of that. It was a little chaotic at the end but we got out of there with a good result."

U.S. defender Tim Ream
On his first appearance:
"It's obviously a good feeling that we won. [Juan] put one in with a couple minutes to go. It's special to get that first one under your belt and have it be a win."

On playing on a relatively experienced backline:
"Whenever you can slide in with experienced guys, learn from them and hear how they communicate and operate, it's always a good step for anybody, whether that's their first cap or with as little experience as I have. It's something you have to soak in and you listen to them and try to do your job."

U.S. Forward Juan Agudelo
On getting his experience in the game tonight:
“I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to process it tonight but I can't believe I scored the goal. It's definitely the best feeling I've ever had in my life and I'm glad we got the win.”

On the moment the goal went in:
"At first I thought it didn't go in. I saw it go in but thought it was going to be called off. I was like no, please, please call it a goal. I was like, oh man, I think I just scored and then I ran and blacked out when I was celebrating. They said I pushed them out of the way when I was celebrating but I don't remember that. It's a great feeling."

U.S. Defender Gale Agbossoumonde
On earning his first cap:
"It was a great experience overall. When you go in and the team is winning, it makes it a lot easier. It's an unbelievable feeling to get your first cap, and to do it with a victory."

U.S. Midfielder Mikkel Diskerud
On earning his first cap:
"It was a great experience. It’s a very good group of guys here in the team, and I'm really happy to be a part of it. Winning a trophy in your first game is a special feeling. I’m very proud to be an American right now."

U.S. Forward Teal Bunbury
On getting his first cap:
"It was an amazing experience. I was thrilled to get an opportunity. My teammates really helped and got me ready for the game. I've never experienced an atmosphere of that magnitude."

"Getting my first cap means a lot to me. I feel honored and privileged. Being here opened my eyes to what it takes to compete at this level, and it makes me motivated to work hard to get back here."