Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT 1, Trinidad and Tobago 2
Post-match reaction from Bob Bradley, DaMarcus Beasley, Sacha Kljestan and Brad Guzan.
Oct. 16, 2008
Head Coach Bob Bradley
Reaction ot the result:
"It was a hard fought match. I thought both teams went after each other in a way that made it hard. In the second half, I thought we had a good response when we went down 1-0, and unfortunately when the game is 1-1 and everything is to play for, we have a foul. Certainly we have a lot of respect for Trinidad & Tobago. They have a lot of talented players, and we knew it was going to be a physical game. It was hard match and a physical match, with intensity on both sides."
On whether the U.S. underestimated the T&T squad:
"No. We have a great deal of respect for Trinidad & Tobago. Certainly we know the type of players they have and the type of talent they have. After the game in Chicago, they brought some players back into their team. We were impressed with the effort that they had against Guatemala [in the 0-0 draw on Oct. 11] and we knew that this would be a difficult game. The decisions that we make regarding our roster are for many different reasons and we come here with the utmost respect for our opponent."
On whether he was disappointed with the loss:
"We come to win and this is the first loss that we've had in this round. We must learn from this, but certainly we're never happy when we lose. We came here feeling good about the way we've played [this round]. We're not happy when we lose a game, but we hope that we can learn from it and continue to improve in the future."
On whether he accomplished some of the objectives he had going into this match:
"One of the objectives is that we have some players who have talent and need the experience playing difficult games. This was an intense game with a lot on the line, and it's important for players to experience that. We continue to work as a team to improve and I think we've shown in this round that we're a good team, but we still understand that we have to get better. We're working very hard and we have a good pool of players. [Next month's game against Guatemala] is an opportunity to step on the field in a tough game in a qualifier and try to get a result as we continue our march forward."
Midfielder/captain DaMarcus Beasley
On what the team can take from the match:
"It's tough. We can take a lot from this experience. We had a lot of young guys who got their first taste of qualifying away. I thought for the most part we held our own. We had some chances, but the final pass in the final third wasn't right tonight. It's disappointing to lose. Things happen, and you just have to learn from them.
"There are some positives. You sometimes learn more when you lose than when you win. When we tied the game 1-1, that's when you have to be smart, especially when you're on the road. If you can get the point, that's a good point to take. It goes down to inexperience and a little bit of mental toughness at the end of the match. Once some of the guys get used to these types of games, it can only get better."
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan
On the team's performance:
"I don't think we were at our best. We knew what to expect out of Trinidad. We knew it was going to be a physical battle. I think we did an OK job of matching their intensity, but it was too easy for them to play through us in the middle. The fight of the guys was there until the last minute, and we had some chances that we just didn't put away."
On what the players can take from the game:
"We had a young group out there, and were not very experienced. There's a lot to learn from this game in the sense that you know it's going to a battle every time you play a CONCACAF opponent on the road. We have to be able to match their intensity. This helps understand what it takes to win games on the road."
On the team getting a goal back and then giving up the penalty:
"The team showed a lot of resilience in order to come back after they scored the first goal. We didn't put our heads down, and pressed on right after the kickoff, so I was proud of the guys in that respect. In terms of giving up the penalty, I think that's just a little bit of a lack of experience, especially since we are at 1-1 on the road."
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
On the performance:
"I thought it was a decent game for us. At moments we were able to keep the ball, move forward and create some chances. At the same time, we allowed them to keep the ball and get a bit of a rhythm, especially in dangerous parts of the field. Overall, there's a lot to be learned from this game, especially with all the young players we had on the field. We can learn the little things that make a big difference, and that's what we need to take away from a game like this."
On the ball that rebounded off of him the first T&T goal:
"I'm not sure if that situation repeated itself 50 times that it would happen that way again. We can say a little bit unlucky, but there were definitely things that we could have done better on that play to prevent it from happening in the first place."
On what he takes away from the game:
"As a goalkeeper, you want to be able to make the saves that help the team be successful. That's why you play these games, to be in big situations like that. I came up a bit short tonight, but in saying that I will be able to take these experiences away from this game and make myself better. For the team, these were tough lessons to learn, but that only helps us down the road."