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June 22 Press Conference Quote Sheet

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
On the importance of scoring the first goal:
“The game is 90 minutes and you have to always have an understanding of how to play those 90 minutes with the different twists the game can take. Certainly we’d like to have a good start and get the first goal, but we still balance that with an understanding of playing from start to finish.”

On Jozy Altidore’s absence from training today:
“Jozy just wasn’t feeling well, but he’ll be fine for tomorrow.”

On the importance of the score in the other Group C game in changing the U.S. strategy:
“It’s important to know, especially as you get into the second half, so we’ll be on top of that and factor that information. But we certainly understand from the start that the idea for us is to go out and try to win the game.”

On the rise in popularity of soccer in the U.S.:
“Soccer in the United States continues to grow, there’s been so many important steps along the way. We understand that each World Cup takes on extra importance, and we understand the responsibility as a team of representing the United States and representing our sport.”

On the lack of in-stadium practice time and whether it will impact preparations:
“No, it won’t impact the game. We had a good, typical day-before-the-game training session and everything is focused on the game tomorrow.”

U.S. MNT Defender and Captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On the team’s experience in big-game situations:
“We’ve had some tough experiences along the way. Last year’s Confederations Cup was a nice dress rehearsal, we were in this situation where we had to win, last time we had to get some help but this time we just need to win. We’ve been here before and our team is prepared, so we’re looking forward to going out there tomorrow.”

On Algeria:
“They have a good team and obviously a few of their guys play in the French league, so we know they’re athletic and technically gifted. They have a few players who stand out and can score goals for them, but we’re going to focus on the entire team instead of just any one individual player.”

On the chance to avenge the U.S.’ early exit in the 2006 FIFA World Cup:
“Obviously we had a bad outing in 2006, and we’re not happy with how things worked out. We have a great chance tomorrow night to get a win and advance on to the second round. It’s important for us because we had that disappointment in ’06. It’s not really extra motivation but it’s in the back of our minds that we worked so hard and trained for so long for the World Cup, and it can be over so quickly if you don’t advance. Those things sit in the back of our minds a little bit.”