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Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Canada


Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Canada
Jan. 30, 2013


U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
"First of all, I want to thank the fans for coming out tonight and supporting us very, very nicely. It's an absolutely beautiful facility. It's a beautiful place, and we would have loved to give them a couple goals, which didn't happen unfortunately. You could see that three and a half weeks of a lot of work wore on their legs, and they were missing the last little piece to it in creating final chances, playing the killer ball into the box, and finishing things off. Unfortunately, we couldn't do that tonight against a very defensive-minded Canada, but overall we were very pleased with the way the players presented themselves. They tried to do it in a couple of different formations and we tried all kinds of combinations, and it was good to see the players trying ways to score that one goal that didn't come."

"Overall we are really pleased with what we saw the last three weeks from these guys, and we want to give them a big compliment on how they worked and how much work they put into it. Now obviously, we're looking forward to next week, when a World Cup Qualifier is on the plate."

On whether he was disappointed that a few players didn’t take more advantage of the opportunity:
"I'm not disappointed because you just hope that after those three weeks of hard work that they get that moment to shine, and you wish it for them. I think we saw over the past three weeks that we have a pretty good picture of where they are at. You wish that they can finish it off in a friendly game, but it's always difficult to start the season with your first game and have only training scrimmages before. With Canada staying back and being very defensive-minded, you just hope that sooner or later it opens up, but that was not the case."

On if tonight’s performance impacted the roster selections for the qualifier:
"We have a pretty clear picture of who we want to take to Honduras, but you have to be patient with us for a couple more days. We also need to see where our Europeans are at, where our guys in Mexico are at. Some have an injury problem, some have rhythm problems from not playing that much. We're going to evaluate that over the next two or three days, and then get that entire group together in Miami, but that was not depending on tonight."

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder BRAD DAVIS
On playing in front of his home fans in Houston:
"It's a great feeling and a warm welcome. It was great to be able to walk out there and see how excited the fans were for us. It's just like playing a home game. You're representing your country and not the Dynamo, but still as a player you have to attack the game with the same mentality and go out there and give your best. For me, there was no pressure."

On the result:
"Obviously it was not the result we wanted. I think we were a little bit tentative when we got around the 18. I would like to try to create a few more things and get some shots on goal. I don't think we had a shot from outside the whole game. You know, those are things that are going to happen when you're around a group of guys that haven't been playing a whole lot together."

On his future with the National Team:
"That's up for the coaching staff to decide. I think it was a good training camp. I got some positive feedback. I know that I'm a piece of that puzzle, but where I fit I'm not quite sure yet. I think it's going to take a little bit more time to get integrated with everybody and get a few more opportunities to see where that goes, but another opportunity will be there down the road."

U.S. Men’s National Team Defender OMAR GONZALEZ
"I got a good 90 minutes in. Everyone put in a good effort. We didn't get the result we wanted, but we faced a good Canada team that was really defensive. Maybe that was because Denmark beat them 4-0 and they wanted to work on their defensive shape. It worked, and they put everyone behind the ball and it was really tough to get penetrating passes. We tried to get a ball out wide and get as many across as we could, but we just couldn't find the back of the net."

On his return to the National Team for the first time since 2011:
"It felt great to be out there. Wearing the crest on my shirt was amazing, and I want to be doing that a lot more often."

On whether he and the defenders would have liked to see more action:
"As a defender, you always want clean sheets, and that means you're doing a good job. Maybe I could do a little bit more to spark the attack and make those entry passes and get the ball out quicker. I thought overall that it was a pretty solid night. We just didn't get the result."

On whether he will be called in for the World Cup qualifier against Honduras:
"I'm hoping it happens. This is a start to something, and I want to be a part of this qualifying journey and be a major part in qualifying for the World Cup. I want to be there."

U.S. Men’s National Team Defender MATT BESLER
On his performance:
"I'm comfortable with it. I'm not going to look at the game too much, and put too much pressure on it. I just try to go out and win the game first and play my best. The rest will take care of itself. I think my distribution out of the back is one of my strong points. It was definitely a good game to show that."

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder JOSHUA GATT
"We definitely had a lot of energy and added a spark to it. I definitely tried my best to stretch Canada. They were really compact and very defensive. I thought that in a friendly, they'd try and go a little more forward and attack a little bit more. It was tough for us to try and break them down when they sit 11 guys in front of the net. As a whole, we did a decent job combining to get into the attack. We had a lot of chances that we really should have finished, and we should've put this game away."

On whether it was frustrating playing against a defensive –minded team:
"I guess the frustration is not only with them, but with us. As a team, we did a good job keeping of the ball, but when our attacking players were going through, we didn't get a lot of the quality balls in behind. We really needed to put the dagger in them, and that was our problem tonight. We did a good job in the two-thirds that were the midfield and defensive, but in the final third we lacked the killer ball, the killer shot and the killer pass. That was our problem tonight."

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