Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. Under-23s vs. St. Kitts & Nevis
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (Novermber 15, 2003) -- The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team opened their two-game, second round CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying series with a dominating 6-0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis on Saturday night in front of over 7,000 boisterous fans. Following is a quote sheet from the U.S.
Nov. 15, 2003
U.S. U-23 MNT head coach Glenn Myernick
On standout players for the U.S.:
"I thought Kyle (Beckerman) and Bobby (Convey) totally dominated the midfield in the game and did very very well. Chris Wingert was very very steady at left back. D.J. Countess only had a couple things to do and did them well to come off his line a couple times. I think overall we were pretty solid, but really we didn't have the professional approach to finishing that we should have."
On what worked well offensively:
"We beat the offside trap a bunch of times. Pretty much any team Ricky Lewis or Chris Wingert pushed up from their fullback position to support the attack and made two versus one on the flank, they struggled to deal with that. We had some nice combination play on the right with Lewis and Ricardo Clark and on the left with Wingert and Eddie Johnson, and between the four of them, we got a lot of good crosses; we just need to do a better job of finishing them."
On the second leg:
"The plan is to not take our foot off the gas, and to improve. We should throughly expect to win the game, it's the manner in which we do it. Since our time together is limited, we need to maximize that preparation time. I fully expect us to come with a very thorough, professional approach and score even more goals than we did today."
Forward Edson Buddle
"Going into it, we tried to get an early goal, and we did that. They were a technical team individually. I think it was as much of a learning for them as it was for us. But we still have one game left; we need to do as well as we did tonight."
Defender Nat Borchers
On the St. Kitts/Nevis forwards, who proved to be one of the team's lone bright spots:
"I thought they did a good job of checking to the ball and playing with their back to goal, but I have to give ourselves a little bit of credit. All of our defenders played well tonight, as did D.J. We were organized very well; we came out with a game plan and we stuck to it. I thought overall it was a good team effort."
On the overall performance of the home team:
"They had alot of pressure playing in front of their fans. I think we just outplayed them. We used our experience and technical abilities to the best we could. They're still a good team and I think they'll give us a good game in D.C."
Forward Alecko Eskandarian
On team's success at beating the offside trap and his many looks at the goal:
"I think our midfield was working really hard, so my main duty was just to stay onside. In the first half, I think we were offside like 15 times, so I was just showing and trying to make good runs. The guys were giving great through balls, so I was trying to out away some."
On the performance of the St. Kitts/Nevis goalkeeper, who stuffed Eskandarian on two breakways before the D.C. United forward found the net:
"He was very quick off his line. He was always looking for the through ball, because obviously that's what we were playing. Yeah, he got me pretty good one time, like he cleated me at the knees, but the next time I just chipped him since he was so far out of his goal."