Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. Men vs. Jamaica
Arena: "This was a good result. It's been a good four games, and we got successful results in three of those. We have good young players, but winning isn't the bottom line. It's important to get these guys on the field and for me to get to know them."
Feb. 12, 2003
BRUCE ARENA - U.S. Head Coach
"This was a good result. It's been a good four games, and we got successful results in three of those. We have good young players, but winning isn't the bottom line. It's important to get these guys on the field and for me to get to know them. We expected a tough game and got one. The game looked a little like a World Cup qualifier, which is a great experience for our younger players."
Note: the "four games" includes the USA's 2-0 victory over El Salvador in November.
On the play of Chris Klein:
"Chris Klein had an absolute blinder. We only pulled him out because Stevie Ralston has done well in practice and I felt we needed to get him a game."
On the play of Jamaica:
"They have two great forwards in Onandi Lowe and Deon Burton, who are difficult to deal with. They also have good team speed. This team has not been together in a while, and I think it may have affected them tonight."
CHRIS KLEIN - U.S. Midfielder
Describing his goal, finished after a long ball out of the back from Carlos Bocanegra that sailed over the Jamaican defense:
"Carlos has been asking me for the last six weeks that if he 'plays that ball over to me, will I be there?' It was a wonderful ball behind the defense and I was fortunate to get on the end of it.''
On recovering from the Argentina loss:
"We were careful not to dwell on the loss, but smart enough to learn from the experience. We wanted to come out much better in the first half than we did against Argentina, and we accomplished that."
On Bruce Arena's expectations of him:
"Bruce asked a lot from me. You have to execute. You have to cross and you have to defend [in my position]. If you do that, Bruce is pretty happy."
CARLOS BOCANEGRA - U.S. defender and Chevrolet Man of the Match
Describing his goal:
"We've been working on corners in training. Either myself or Danny Califf goes to the near post, and the other goes to the far post, and the others make room. It was my turn to go to the near post, and Bobby Convey hit a great ball. I think it froze the keeper and went through his legs."
Describing his assist to Chris Klein:
''I've noticed in practice and in watching tape that that play is on at times. I was able to win the ball in midfield, and lucky enough to hit a good ball with my right foot."
On the significance of the victory:
"It was a good win for team morale, and it was important to leave a good impression on Bruce as we all depart for our club teams. The effort tonight showed that we can bounce back and play hard after a tough result."