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U.S. MNT Quote Sheet - U.S. 2, El Salvador 0

U.S. MNT Quote Sheet
U.S. 2, El Salvador 0
October 10, 2004

United States Head Coach Bruce Arena:
“We did well. We took El Salvador’s best shot. I think the first half we were a little sloppy in different parts of the field but I think in the second half we were much more solid. Obviously, we could have scored more goals. You don’t win that many games on the road in World Cup qualifying. We finished this round without losing a game on the road so I think that’s a big plus for our team.”

On McBride’s goal:
“It was a great goal. Whenever you get a goal in the first half on the road it’s big. It certainly changed the complexion of the game.”

U.S. MNT Forward Brian McBride:
“When I received the ball, I just tried to shield it and turn. I faked the shot and the second time I was going to hit it but I faked again and they fell off again and the ball set up for the third time and I struck it pretty well.”

“We knew we wanted to come out and score early against them,” said McBride. “They (El Salvador) were still spirited after that first goal. We really wanted to score early. We had it (goal), but we didn’t get it (due to offside).”

U.S. MNT Captain Landon Donovan:
“The second highest honor is playing for your country and the highest honor is wearing the (captain’s) armband for your country. It was good because I knew I was going to be ready. It shows that the players have confidence in me and that feels good.”

U.S. MNT Forward Eddie Johnson:
“I just wanted to do good for the team. I wanted to hold the ball up and bring others players into the game.”

“I was lucky. I was in the right place at the right time. I moved into the box and Landon made a very unselfish play to pass the ball.”

U.S. MNT defender Eddie Pope
“This was big. Coming off the field with three points, instead of one. That was what we really needed, it was really good tonight.”

U.S. MNT defender Kasey Keller
“Winning away from home is big. I only wish we could have scored more goals in the first half and buried them sooner. There was no way they were going to beat us in the back, we were bigger, faster and stronger than them.”