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Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20 MNT 1, Austria 2


Head Coach Thomas Rongen
On his initial reactions after the match:
“Once you get out of the first round, games become extremely tight. We knew again this was a tough opponent. We talked about their organization and their strength on set pieces, which in the end made a difference in the game. There weren’t too many quality chances on both sides and at the end of the day we probably had four or five, they had three or four and they scored two and we scored one.”

On how close the match was:
“We had some moments when we could have equalized the game, but I think throughout 90 minutes and overtime it was a battle. (Austria) was a hard team to play against. They converted two out of four of their opportunities, we got one of five, and that’s the story of this game. I congratulate Austria and they deserve to go on. They’re a great team with great sportsmanship.”

On his thoughts on the tournament:
“I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during this tournament. We fell short of our goal to go to the round of four and we are bitterly disappointed. But, at the end of the day, there are more positives for this team than negative ones.”

On the conditions:
“The field was fast without a doubt. We had a tough time holding onto it, but also throughout the game move the ball as well as we would have liked. Our first touches weren’t as clean and we weren’t able to connect well. We couldn’t establish a rhythm and became a little bit of a counter-attacking team. That’s where our first goal comes from and some other chances come from on breaks. Later in the game we press and get some numbers forward. It was a game where I think both teams played really tight from the beginning and there weren’t a lot times when either team took the shackles off, so to speak, and took it to the other team.”

On how the team played throughout the tournament:
“We’ve read some reports that said we played some very good football and I was very proud of that, especially in the Poland and Brazil game. We also had some moments against Uruguay. I think we showed the capabilities of this team, whether it’s technical players first and foremost, if its difference makers that can do something special, and we were better defensively than initially maybe people thought going into the tournament. The amount of goals we've given up over five games is just over one and we scored twelve, which is a pretty good ratio. We’re a team that wants to play attacking football and succeeded in most cases.”

On how close he was to taking out goalkeeper Chris Seitz:
“That was a tough one. He actually came up with two big time saves after we thought about making a change. It was a little bit of a gamble, but it was the right one as he kept us in the game at some crucial stages. He wanted to play because he’s been such an important part of this team and we felt that his mobility was good enough to make the saves he needed to.”

Captain Freddy Adu
On the match:
“It's difficult. I don't know what it is. Things didn't go our way today...but that's soccer for you. Sometimes the bounces go your way and sometimes they don't. It's about inches and bounces and they didn't go our way today."

Midfielder Michael Bradley
On the match:
"The Austrians were a very good team today. I thought we looked better early in the first half, but we needed to increase our lead to 2-0 in order to kill off the game. But they fought hard and stuck around in the game and in the end they took more of their chances.

Forward Josmer Altidore
On dealing with the loss:
“Anytime you get all the way to the quarterfinals and lose is a disappointment. It’s disappointing because you feel that with a team this talented that you could have gone farther. We had a great run, but today just wasn’t our day.”

On whether the rain was a factor:
“The rain made it a bit difficult, but both teams had to deal with it and we’re certainly not going to use it to make an excuse.”

On where he will go from here:
“From here we have to find a way to move on. Not everything always goes your way, but it’s how you respond to adversity that helps you learn and grow.”

Defender Nathan Sturgis
On the conditions:
“The ball was skipping pretty fast with the turf, which made it somewhat hard to judge, but overall I don’t think it was too big of a factor.”

On their attack:
“Their top forward (Rubin Okotie) was good player. He was big, strong and fast. I thought overall we did a good job on him, but he scored that first goal. They were some good players and they put us under pressure a lot. We were able to contain them at times, but just not enough.”

On what he’s feeling:
“It’s disappointing anytime you lose in a situation like this. We thought we put ourselves in a good position to make it to the final four. Austria was a good team and it was a tough game. We just couldn’t find a way to win in the end and sometimes that just happens.”

On what you can take away from a game like this:
“One of the positive things you can take from this is that we played some great teams and played in some high pressure situations, which will only help you. In the future, whether it’s with your club, the U-23s or the full team, it will help you when you get put in similar situations.”

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