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2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Announcement Quote Sheet


“We have been drawn into a challenging group with three opponents who have a history of doing well in this competition. This is a very important tournament for us, both in terms of winning the Gold Cup championship and qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The tournament gets more and more competitive each time around, which shows the progress teams are making in this region. We expect it will be a fantastic tournament.”

On playing against Canada in Detroit:
“Canada is a strong team and one of our rivals, so there will be plenty of motivation on both sides. With the match being played so close to the border of our two countries, it should make for a fantastic atmosphere. It’s clearly a challenging way to start the group.”

On playing against Panama:
“Panama is a skilled and athletic team and not easy to play against. We’ve played them in the last three Gold Cups, and all of the matches have been close. They did well to win their group in the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, and continue to demonstrate they are one of the better teams in region.”

On facing Guadeloupe:
“Guadeloupe has proven to be a strong team in the Caribbean region. We saw how well they played in reaching the semifinals in 2007, and they pushed a very good Jamaican team in the final of the Digicel Cup back in December. We will certainly not be taking them lightly.”

On playing in Detroit:
“I remember watching the opening game for the United States in the 1994 World Cup when they played Switzerland in Detroit and appreciating what that game meant. It has been a long time since the U.S. team has been to the market, and we are excited to play there again in another important tournament.”

On returning toTampa:
“Raymond James Stadium has been a great host to the U.S. team. After the reception we received in 2007, we knew it would be a great place to play one of our last games before the 2010 World Cup. The Panama match will be very important in our efforts to get out of the group, so we are hoping for great support.”

On the new stadium in Kansas City:
“It’s always exciting to see new soccer facilities opening in the United States, and we are thrilled to be playing the first international match at the new stadium in Kansas City. The city has a rich soccer tradition, and the support in the community there has been remarkable.”