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Q&A with Bruce Arena


BRAINTREE, Mass. (Friday, May 17, 2002) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena answered a few questions upon arriving in Massachusetts for Sunday's Nike Road to Korea Finale at Foxboro's CMGI Field vs. Holland (2:00 p.m. ET - live on ABC / West Coast Delay at 3 p.m. PT).

On the status of the injured players from last evening:
"Keller is probably out a couple days.  He suffered a contusion after taking a pretty good shot on his left knee, but we don't think there is any serious problem.  We'll monitor him on a daily basis.  Mathis got his toe stepped on, but he should be able to train today and play on Sunday.  We are awaiting the results of an MRI today on Greg Vanney's right knee, but we don't think he will be available for Sunday.  We haven't made a decision on whether to call someone else in for this weekend."

On his overall impressions of last night's 5-0 victory against Jamaica:
"Although our opponent was not as strong as Uruguay and not as talented as Holland will be, I think we played quite well and improved in many areas.  I'm pleased with seven goals in the first two games and only giving up one.  However, I think we can improve in the defensive end of the field.  As usual, our goalkeeping has been outstanding.  Clearly our emphasis on improving fitness has paid off. That was evident last night."

On what he hopes to accomplish in the finale of the Nike Road to Korea against Holland this Sunday:
"We want to show improvement from our previous two games against arguably one of the most talented national teams in the world.  We will be tested at the defensive end of the field, and it will be interesting to see if we can create quality chances against their formidable backline.  This game should provide us with good preparation for our World Cup opponents."

On playing at the newly christened CMGI Field:
"We look forward to playing at CMGI Field.  From all I've heard, the surface is outstanding and the stadium has first-class amenities.  We have enjoyed great success over the years at Foxboro, and the fans have been tremendous.  We hope to continue the legacy of success in the new grounds."

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