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Post-Match QUotes: U-17 MNT vs Guatemala - April 11, 2013


Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Guatemala
April 11, 2013

U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS
On the game overall:
“I thought it was a good game. It wasn’t easy, and there is no easy match with these games. We knew it would be a difficult game, but the guys came out and did well. We knew that we only needed a draw to win the group, so in the first half we dropped off a little bit. We weren’t too successful getting forward, so we pressured in the second half and got higher.”

On Conor Donovan’s play:
“I thought Conor and Tommy [Redding], our center backs, did a really good job tonight.  [Guatemala] played some balls in the direction of our center backs and I thought they handled it really well. Conor came up with some good blocks, and I thought overall they did very well with Shaq [Moore] and John [Requejo Jr.] flanking them and Jeff [Caldwell] in the goal. The defense did a really good job tonight.”

On Rubio Rubin’s energy and assisting for Corey Baird’s goal:
“Rubio had a very nice ball from the left corner that was dangerous and he created some chances out on the wing. Rubio has been great for us and he continues to get better. It was very nice to see.”

U-17 MNT forward RUBIO RUBIN
On the flow of the game against Guatemala:
“We just came out and focused on the little things like passing, and really focused on attacking and defending as a team. We dropped off in the first half and we wanted them to play a little bit. They couldn’t do much because we kept the ball in front of us.”

On setting up Corey Baird’s goal:
“When we went into the second half, we kept them under pressure, they started to get on their heels and that’s when we found the opportunity to get in behind and I had an opportunity to take on a player. I crossed it far post and found Corey and he got the goal. The pass went over the goalkeeper’s head and those balls actually are very tough. The goalkeeper is right in front of you. He was composed and he finished it off.”

On the defensive effort:
“Coach Richie has really emphasized our focus on defending. If you need to clear the ball up the field, you have to clear it up the field. The defense has been doing its job. They’ve been keeping at it with every ball. They’re doing what they’re supposed to do. I’m happy they’re keeping these shutouts.”

On the excitement going into the big quarterfinal match against Honduras:
“Everyone’s excited. I feel like if we keep doing what we’re doing – passing, doing little things, attacking, defending and doing all those things – I feel like we’re going to come out on top. I feel confident in my teammates and everyone on this team because I know they’re going to be all over me. We’re going to go out and win our game.”

U-17 MNT defender CONOR DONOVAN
On the team shutting out Guatemala:
“It was good getting another shutout in CONCACAF and we keep getting these results. As a team, we did really well on both sides of the ball. We did finish our one chance we got. Maybe we could have finished a couple more, but the defense held strong and got the result that we needed.”

On his own play:
“I thought today I did good and also our whole back line. We really ran off each other really well. I try to put myself in the best spots to make the plays. I just continue to look over my shoulder. I get a lot of help from our other backs – Tommy [Redding], John [Requejo Jr.] and Shaq [Moore] – and communicate with them.”

On the team’s approach against Guatemala:
“At the beginning, we didn’t pressure as high as we usually do. We kind of sat back because we thought it would be a little bit better for us today. I think we read the game really well, and read the passing lanes and kept it sharp. We haven’t played our best we can play yet, but I thought we did good enough to get a result tonight.”

On the anticipation of the important quarterfinal against Honduras:
“That’s really exciting, especially now that it’s coming around the corner on Sunday. For all the marbles to go to the World Cup – what else can you ask for as a player to be in these big-time games and big-time moments?”

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