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MNT Quotes on USA-Mexico Qualifier


U.S. Manager Bruce Arena
On playing in Columbus Crew Stadium:
“It’s a familiar venue for U.S. Soccer and a venue we’ve always been successful in. We know alone that doesn’t guarantee victory, but it’s a place where our players feel comfortable. I think it’s also an environment we think gives us a home-field advantage and that’s obviously why we chose Columbus for a very important game.”

Defender Eddie Lewis
On the importance of this match:
“I think it’s come together nicely, really. It’s obviously built up to be one heck of a game. For what would already be a massive game, I think now it’s sprinkled with a little bit more this time.”

Midfielder Chris Armas
On having a home-field advantage:
“We’ve played plenty of games at home, like the Honduras game in the last qualifying round, when we were assured we’d have pro-American crowd. We come out of the tunnel at RFK and it’s all blue and white. It’s like, ‘Wow, where are we?’ In a game, in an environment where you are looking for every edge you can get, that’s one of them that you don’t want to give away. That should be a given in our country. Let’s at least check that one off on our side, you know.”

Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley
On possibly qualifying for the World Cup:
“To clinch against Mexico at home would be a fantastic achievement for our team.”

Midfielder Pablo Maestroeni
On having a home-field advantage:
“To know there are more American fans in the stadium than Mexican fans it would be unbelievable for everyone and soccer in America.”

On the match:
“Qualifying for a World Cup is a tremendous feat and having the opportunity to play the best opponent in our home town, in Columbus, Ohio, which has been so good to us over the years, would be such a load of out shoulders.”

Forward Landon Donovan
On possibly qualifying for the World Cup:
“Last time around in qualifying I didn’t know what was going on, I didn’t understand, I didn’t appreciate what it takes. And now I’ve been thinking every game and I understand what it means, how hard it is, how difficult it is. When it’s over, it’s the biggest sense of relief, gratification, excitement, and to know you are going to go to the World Cup is just awesome.”



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