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Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Uruguay


U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena

Opening Comments:
"Overall a good effort. That was a good team we played today. We had some good moments and bad moments, but that is all part of it. A solid 90 minutes. I was pleased that we did a good job of getting our guys ready to play the game. Our fitness was pretty good, and it showed in the last 10 minutes. We were able to manage that game the way it had to be managed. Overall, a good step."

"We will be looking at different line-ups across the next two games, and it will be good to get our full-team together, with Claudio and Kasey arriving again tomorrow. So preparations are going well.”

On DaMarcus Beasley’s Chevrolet Man of the Match performance:
"DaMarcus did well. The situation is this: can we rely on our young kids during a World Cup? That is why they are getting a little time here. DaMarcus is still 19 years old, but he played like a man today. When you get a 19 or 20 year old on the field at this level and they do well, that is encouraging. Our 23-man roster is designed for everyone to play (in the World Cup), and that includes DaMarcus.”

On whether Brad Friedel’s impressive 13-save performance helped clarify the team’s goalkeeper situation:
“He looked pretty good to me. The problem is is that Keller is going to have a good game on Thursday. Those guys rarely have bad games. They are never disappointing. I think the two of them are very fine ‘keepers.”

U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley

On whether his strong performance today helps his chances of playing in the World Cup:
“I think so. I don’t expect to be a starter in the World Cup, and I know my role. I just want to continue to use my speed and quickness to get in behind defenses. Obviously, everyone wants to start in the World Cup, but I know I’m probably going to get into some games, and I’ll do my best.”

On whether he and Landon Donovan bring a different attitude to the team because of their age:
“Yeah, but I think it is just because we are young. We still play without fear. We have a lot of years ahead of us. I am just looking forward. Whether that means playing in Europe or the next three World Cups, whatever. I’m just looking forward to that.”

On the goal:
“The defender just misplayed the ball, and I got behind my defender and it was just a one-on-one. I had Brian to my right, but I was one-on-one. I cut inside and I thought it was going in at first, but the ‘keeper made a save and I just followed it and put it in. I’m glad I made it.”

U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel:

On whether being called upon to make so many “physically demanding” saves is something he likes as a goalkeeper:
“Every game is different. Sometimes you stand around for the whole game and have to make a save in the 90th minute, and sometimes you are called upon to make saves throughout the game.They are both just as important.”

On the selection for starting goalkeeper at the World Cup:
"Nothing has changed for me. I approach every game and every practice the same way. Yes, I want to start in the World Cup, there is no secret to that. Yes, I’m going to work as hard as I can to get there. Does that enter my mind when I step on the field to play a game, no. There are more important things this team needs to work on.”


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