MNT Jun 11, 2011
Clarence Goodson started the U.S. Gold Cup opener.
On Friday, we took fan questions for the players on Twitter @ussoccer. We caught up with Clarence Goodson last night after training for these answers.
@robihullner: “What is the biggest threat Panama has to offer?”
CG: “They certainly have some talented players, some talented midfielders and forwards. We’ve gone over that and I think it’s the usual suspects for the most part. Blas Perez has been around for a while so he’s one to watch, but there are three or four of them that we’ll keep an eye out. They are quick, talented players and they can punish you if you give them too much time and space.”
@FaustMN: “What strategy/tactic from US should viewers be watching for?
CG: “We want to start out every game strong. We’ll be looking to come out and dictate the game, have a lot of possession and hopefully punish them for mistakes.
@FaustMN: “What aspect of the game is hardest for fans to understand?”
CG: “Other teams are going to get chances. That’s kind of the way football is. Even against Spain we had a couple of breakaways. We didn’t do the best with them, but that’s going to happen against any team. It’s almost impossible to dictate the flow, the pace of the game for 90 minutes. The other team is going to get the ball and they are going to have a couple of chances. It’s about limiting those chances and making them smaller chances.
@jimmy_quintana: “do the players have any superstitions or pregame rituals that they do before every game?”
CG: “Relax, take it easy. Concentrate on what I need to do personally. Just relax and have fun.”
@Mcgeezy813: “ask what each players favorite song is right before they head out to the pitch”
CG: “In the locker room Jesse Bigs (the equipment manager) is in charge of that. He gets us pumped up with the latest whatever it is on the radio. Me personally, it’s about easy listening. Some tunes I listen to just to get me mellow and focused and as we lead up to the game stronger, more intense stuff.”
Photo by Rick Osentoski/ISIphotos.com.