Post Match Quote Sheet: Brazil 3, U.S. Under-17 MNT 0
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team was knocked out of the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship this afternoon after falling to Brazil 3-0 in the quarterfinals at Turku Stadium in Turku, Finland. Read what John Ellinger, Freddy Adu and Jamie Watson had to say afterward.
Aug. 24, 2003
Head coach John Ellinger
On Freddy Adu’s play in the tournament:
”He’s drawn a lot of attention. He’s a wonderful young player and will develop into an even better player, no question about it. He’s still learning and maturing as a soccer player in as far as what to do and when to do it on the field. I think his youth gets in the way sometimes there, but when he does get the ball he can be a very electric player and has a very bright future in the game.”
On the team’s play:
“We were very disappointed in the team’s performance against Spain. They seemed to just sit back and it wasn’t what we told them to do. In this game we wanted to take Brazil, put them off the pedestal, and play. We tried to keep the ball more and create some opportunities to score and I think we did do that. It looked like in the second half it was getting better than even the first half. Then I think the first two shots they had in the second half were the two goals. The one that Phil mishandled was a cross and just ended up in the back of the net.
On the game:
“Unfortunately for us it ended up 3-0, but I didn’t feel like I had just been through a 3-0 game. I felt we definitely played better than that, but my hats off to Brazil as they move on. We’ve had a wonderful time here.”
Forward Freddy Adu
On the game:
“I give Brazil all the credit. They were a very good team obviously, and I think they will go on and win the whole thing.”
On the Brazilians style of play:
“I feel like that’s how I play. I go out there on the field and I like the little touches, doing moves and beating people off the dribble. That’s exactly how they play. I’m not going to lie about it, I admire it a lot. And it works for them, so why stop.”
On how he played:
“I felt like I gave it my all, but in the end we just didn’t get lucky. That’s the way I think about it. I mean, give credit to Brazil. They were awesome and deserved to beat us today. Personally, I felt like I gave it my all, but the injury was a little too much to overcome. Hopefully I’ll get better soon and get back to my old self.”
Forward Jamie Watson
On the game:
“Obviously, we didn’t get the result we wanted to. As long as we kept it 0-0 we could stay in the game. We were unlucky on the goal off the corner kick. I think that was our only mistake of the half. When we came out we wanted to get the first goal in the second half to get the game back at 1-1, but unfortunately they came out and got the second goal, and then the third. It just kind of all went downhill from there.
On playing Brazil:
“It’s always a tough game drawing Brazil and they're such a good team I wouldn’t be surprised if they went all the way and won. We weren’t going to roll over and have an easy quarterfinal win for them. We were going to make it tough, we just didn’t come out and play the best we could.”