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U.S. Men's National Team vs. Grenada - Post-Match Quotes


U.S. head coach BOB BRADLEY
On the importance of three points in the opening game:
"It's important to start the Gold Cup the right way. There were a lot of good things: a good team effort and four different guys scoring goals. All those things are important as we start this tournament."

On Robbie Rogers, who was named Man of the Match:
"Robbie got involved in the game early and did a very nice job in terms of setting up the first goal. He has the ability to find good spots, sometimes wide or sometimes coming to the inside, and I think that helped us create good chances and had a lot to do with some of the goals we scored."

On the difference between this tournament and the Confederations Cup, and how the team builds on tonight's victory:
"The most important thing to remember is this is a different group now. We only have the few days to begin the process and start to establish how things get done. We understand that the first round is three games and we need to be able to improve from game to game. We have to be sure that by the time the quarterfinals are rolling around the team is in good form with a good mentality. We have a sense every time we come together of how we establish things and how we work.”

On being able to finish the game off in the second half:
“You just want your players to understand how to take each game as it unfolds. Understand the opponent, and understand the meaning of the game. We said at halftime that there's a professional way to finish this game. That involves discipline and knowing how to respect the opponent, but also making sure in a good, smart, mature way you know how to finish the opponent. I think those are important lessons and things that you want to take out of a game like today."

On the team playing on the Fourth of July:
“When you represent your country on Independence Day it carries a special meaning. You feel it when they play the national anthem and you absolutely feel it when you look into the stands and you see people wearing red, white and blue. In that regard, it's a very good day.”

On the experience in Seattle:
“Seattle has done such a good job getting off the mark with their team and you can tell  the enthusiasm is all around the city and the state. To be able to open the Gold Cup here worked out really well.”

On the young players who made an impact tonight and the team's mentality looking to the next game:
“The idea of playing for your country is such a special honor and when your team wins and you're part of a good effort, that's what you want. You want it in your debut and every time you step on the field for the national team. In that regard we had a good game and I think as a group we're mature enough to not get ahead of ourselves and understand there's some travel and Honduras will be waiting for us in D.C.”

U.S. midfielder and ussoccer.com Man of the Match ROBBIE ROGERS
On the match:
“I think we accomplished what we wanted to today.  We wanted to come out with some energy and make a stamp on the game.  There are things we can get better at, and we all know that.  We’re just looking forward to the next game.”

On his assists:
“I think both assists were pretty similar.  I had a lot of time, and there was a bunch of guys in the box.  When you have numbers, you are just trying to put the ball in the mixer. Our guys did a good job of finishing them.”

On his goal:
“I felt like they weren’t following me when I made late runs through the midfield, so I just tried to change it up with my run.  Logan played a great ball, and I read the offside trap.  I was going to pass the ball, but I wound up doing an OK job of finishing it.”

On the chemistry of the team:
“I think what really helped was the January camp, when we came in and worked for two or three weeks to prepare for the Sweden game. We all put in a lot of work during the January camp, and when you're sweating and working for each other it's nice to come out here and play together and get a good result.”

U.S. midfielder STUART HOLDEN
On the match:
“It was important for us to get off to a good start.  We got on top of them pretty quickly.  Robbie opened up the game a little bit and Freddy got us on the board.  From there on out we were comfortable, and I thought we played well. We possessed the ball and created good chances. It is very nice to come out of here with three points.”

On getting his first cap:
“There were the usual butterflies.  I’ve been close a couple times to getting a cap, so tonight to get the start and also to score – it couldn’t have been any better for me.  I’m excited that we won first of all, and obviously to contribute and get a goal was a great feeling.”

On Robbie Rogers performance and his assist on Holden's Goal:
“Robbie is a good player. We played together at the Olympics, and he's got pace and good feet. He's done well with Columbus, and to have a guy like that on the wing is helpful. He put in a couple good balls into the box, and I just drifted in there and happened to get on the end of one, which was nice. I'll thank him later.”

U.S. midfielder LOGAN PAUSE
On getting his first cap:
“I dreamed about this my whole life.  I was excited to get out there, and obviously a little bit nervous which is normal.  As soon as the game starts, you get right into it.  I just wanted to be able to contribute.”

U.S. defender BRAD EVANS
On the reception he got from the Sounders fans when he stepped on the field.
“It was a good reception overall.  I got the yellow card because I couldn’t hear. It’s a testament to the fans for coming out and giving us such great support.”

On getting his first cap:
“It was great.  I couldn’t have picked a better place to do it for sure.  To be able to put on this jersey at the senior level and in front of the home fans is something I will remember forever.”

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