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U.S. Under-20 MNT vs. Germany Post-Match Quotes

U.S. Head Coach Sigi Schmid
On the final 15 minutes of the game:
“Our compliments to the German team. The tactical changes that they made in the second half presented some problems for us and they put us under an awful lot of pressure, especially in the final 15 minutes.”

On the match:
“We obviously would have liked to come away with more as I’m sure Germany is too, but we are satisfied with one point. In our last game against Egypt we need to find the back of the net to try and win the group. But, I’m very pleased with how our team played over the first 60 minutes.”

On how the players did at the end of the match:
“At the end we made some decisions that were not always good. We allowed ourselves to get in a lot of duels with the German players who are stronger than some of our guys. We lost those duels, we lost possession and that is when we got put under a lot of pressure.”

On Freddy Adu:
“I thought Freddy had some good moments in the game. One of the things we tried to do early in the game is play between Freddy, Sammy Ochoa, Chad Barrett and Eddie Gaven. They were very mobile and changed places and popped up in different places, which they did very well. Later, we wanted Freddy to get wider to get isolated so he could run at people a little bit more. At the end, I just thought Freddy got a little bit tired and we needed to take him out.”

On the possible penalty committed on Eddie Gaven:
“It was down on the other side of the field and I’d need my glasses to look that far, at least that’s what my wife tells me. The angle I was at I couldn’t tell. Maybe once you see the replay you can tell.”

U.S. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber
On if he thought Eddie Gaven was tripped in the box:
“I thought it was a penalty. He got in front of the guy and the guy just took him out from behind, taking out his legs. We had three or four guys around the referee asking for something, but he didn’t want t give it to us.”

On his performance:
“I thought we were playing very well in the first half and we got a lot of chances, but just couldn’t get the ball in the net. Towards the end of the game, I think we just got tired after going, going and going and not getting anything.”

U.S. Midfielder Freddy Adu
On facing Egypt:
“We need a win because if Argentina defeats Germany than that means we will end up in first place if we win. If Germany beats Argentina than that puts us in second place, depending on goal differential.”

On if he was happy with the result:
“No. We wanted to win as a win would have put us through to the second round, but we’ll settle for a tie. It’s not a loss. We are in a situation where we have to win against Egypt, which won’t be easy. We are going to come out to play and we’ll just have to finish our chances.”

On if they could have played better:
“We think we could have done better. We had a lot of chances against Germany that we didn’t put away and it almost came back and got us and they countered at the end.”

U.S. Midfielder Eddie Gaven
On the pro-U.S. crowd:
“Yeah, I thought it was cool. In the first half when we had some of our chances it was pretty awesome. When everyone was cheering it was pretty cool because we are in a foreign country. Sometimes when we play in the U.S. we don’t get cheers like that. I thought it actually helped our team and gave us some energy. It’s great to have the local fans with us.”

On his first attempt on goal:
“I definitely should have finished that chance. Freddy played a great ball and I thought I could slide it near post. I didn’t hit a great shot and he just got his hand on it and it popped loose.”

On chasing down the rebound and getting tackled:
“I was just running after it and had two guys on me. I got to the ball first and was getting ready to kick it when the guy rammed me in the back and didn’t even touch the ball and it trickled out of bounds. Things like that happen is soccer, but it was still kind of frustrating.”