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Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20s MNT Faces Argentina to Open World Youth Championship

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team
Quote Sheet
June 10, 2005

U.S. Head Coach Sigi Schmid:
On having to face a tough team in Argentina in their opening match:
"Eventually, if you want to win you have to play everybody, or at least the best of what's out there. Certainly, Argentina is a team that has a rich history at this age level. The players that have advanced out of their teams in the past, going all the way back to Maradona, have been outstanding. For us it is also good because in our development stage if we play a team that we should be those games can be more difficult than teams nobody expects us to beat. So, I think our ability to raise our level of our game is very good and obviously we'll have to show that in the opener."

On Tim Ward being replaced by Michael Harrington due to injury:
“It’s great that U.S. Soccer allowed Michael to come over here and train with us so he able to stay in the rhythm and stay in training. Obviously, we were hoping that Tim would make it back and recover because he’s a good player for us, but unfortunately he hasn’t. Things happen for a reason and right now we don’t know what that reason is. He’ll be going home and Michael is ready to play.”

On how the team is feeling:
“When you get to this point you want it just to start. Right now, everyone’s got nervous energy, everyone wants to get after it and play.”

U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu
On being one of the most experienced players on the team:
“It’s funny because I’m the youngest player on the team and I feel like I have the most responsibility because I have to bring that kind of experience of the last Under-20 world championship to these guys. But that’s great because they have a lot of respect for me and I have a lot of respect for them, so everything is working out.”

On playing in Group D:
“We’re in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ right now. It could be good or it could be bad. Right now the main goal is to find a way to get points against Argentina, Germany and Egypt. That first game is very crucial, so we have to put it all out there.”

On facing Argentina:
"These guys are good. We have our work cut out for us and we are just all ready to play these guys on Saturday. This is going to be a huge test for us.”

U.S. defender Jonathan Spector
On getting prepared to open the FIFA World Youth Championship:
“It’s been fantastic so far. I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to competing in the tournament. Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring a world championship back to the United States.”

On Argentina’s reputation as one of the best youth national teams in the world:
“They have a reputation, but that can only take you so far. When you step out on the field it doesn’t matter how big your name is or where you came from. You have to do it on the field.”

On commanding the backline:
“We know they like to get forward through the outside backs and like to make quick runs through the midfield. We will have to stay organized and make sure we keep our marks.”

U.S. Midfielder Eddie Gaven
On how the team is felling as it gets set to kick off the tournament:
“Everybody is psyched. We’ve all worked the past year-and-a-half for this. We’ve had a little over a week of training here in Holland and we’re just ready for the task of starting the World Championship.”

On the stadium field:
“The stadium in beautiful and the field is nice. It’s not too big, but not too small either. Hopefully, we’ll have lots of fans here and we’ll go out and have a great game.”

U.S. Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg
On the Argentina match:
“I think everyone is looking sharp and up for the task ahead of us. We’ve been focused for this game since we first qualified. It’s been a long wait and we can’t wait to get on the field tomorrow.”

On how he deals with going up against an offensive-talented team such as Argentina:
“My approach is always the same every game. If you take a different approach the way you play is going to be different. I’m just focused on helping us beat Argentina.”