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U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Haiti Quote Sheet

U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Haiti: Quote Sheet
Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Haiti
Feb. 18, 2013

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach TAB RAMOS
On the match:
“It was a difficult match for us. We knew that Haiti had very good players. I think we did a good job in the first half, coming out strong and trying to put the game away. I felt that once we didn’t get that third goal before halftime that there was a good chance that if [Haiti] got a goal that somehow it would turn into a game, and it did.”

On Daniel Cuevas’ performance:
“We really believe in Danny Cuevas. He did a great job today. Obviously I think he was our most important player on the field. He’s one of those players who has been with us from the beginning of the cycle, so he’s really learned what we need from him. He did a good job. He was a little bull up front. He created opportunities for himself, for his teammates, he created the penalty kick, and he’s one of those players who’s tremendously important for us.”

On holding off Haiti:
“Right after they scored their goal, there was about a 10-minute period where we really struggled to get the ball out of the back. I think once we made a couple of substitutions the game changed a little bit. I was a little bit disappointed that we weren’t able to get that third goal late in the first half or early in the second half.”

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defender SHANE O’NEILL
On getting three points in the opener:
“It was a huge win for us. We had to grind it out at the end. We knew that Haiti was going to be a tough opponent if we let them hang around like we did. Obviously it got tough in the second half. We had to resort to getting the ball out and defend for our lives. It was good to get the three points. It’s huge because now if they lose to Costa Rica we’ve already got the crossover game spot, so it was a huge win for us.”

On whether there were first-game jitters:
“I think in the second half everyone was going 100 mph. We needed to settle it down a little bit. It was one of those games where the crowd was kind of against us. Once we got the second goal, everybody was pumped on our side. We definitely got a little jittery in the second half, but it was good that we came out with the win.”

On defending Haiti’s speed and counterattack:
“I thought we did a pretty good job, especially in the first half. We caught them offside quite a few times. We were playing well. In the second half, we got a little flustered and a little unorganized. They scored one goal and we kept it tight once they scored that one goal, and it was good that we didn’t let them tie the game.”

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder WIL TRAPP
On the game:
“It was a tough game. We knew that they were going to be intense and come at us and try to play. The most important thing is that we got the win and we’re moving on to the next game. This one’s behind us.” 

On what the time can improve on moving forward: 
“We can try to keep the ball a little more. We got a little impatient, but that will come with the next game. I think we’re going to do fine.”

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team forward DANIEL CUEVAS
On the impact he had offensively in the opener:
“I was really happy with what I accomplished in this game. The environment motivated me. The crowd was booing us. I just wanted to play well, and luckily things worked the way we wanted them to. I got the goal, we got the PK and we scored, and we got the win.”

On his game-winning goal:
“I was wide open down the side on the back post. The defender ran in to cover the center so I had a lot of time. I got to control it and looked at where I wanted to shoot, too.”