BRUCE ARENA - U.S. head coach
On Portugal's performance:
"We beat a great team but they fought well. They can get credit for it. They put pressure on us. I am proud of our team and it's going to be interesting for the rest of the group matches."
On the USA's great performance:
"Obviously, it was a great win. Our guys did well against a great team like Portugal. They did a great job in securing three points ... We have great individual players and the group plays well together. It was a tough game, but we were in control. I would have to applaud everyone. They did a tremendous job."
On the fever for the World Cup in the U.S.:
"This victory will surely grab the attention of a lot of people. However, the World Cup is not over. We have to make ourselves ready for the strong opponents, Korea, and our goal is going to the second round. In order to do that, we need more points."
On whether it was the greatest win in USA football history:
"It has to be right up there, if not the biggest. I haven't studied USA's historical soccer results. I know we had a big win over England back in 1950 ... but it is probably the biggest win in the modern era. I mean, recently we have beaten big teams like Argentina and Brazil, but this is important because it is in the World Cup."
BRIAN McBRIDE - U.S. forward
On being the underdog for this game:
"We came out quick. They (Portugal) are a very good team so we put the pressure on them. We took advantage of our chances and when they came on strong, we held them off."
On the winning goal:
"The ball got wide to Tony (Sanneh). We joked about it in the locker room. We both used to play for the Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) and it's a play we have done a thousand times. I took a step in at the far post and lost my marker. He delivered a beautiful cross and I knocked it home."
On what went through his mind when he put in the third goal:
"It felt extremely good. We knew we had to take our chances playing against one of the best teams in the world."
On what he thinks about the next match against Korea:
"It will be a very difficult game. Korea played extremely well last night. They are a very good team. I saw a lot of composure. They were also full of energy and had a lot of ability. They knew when to slow down and when to speed up."
On whether he thinks Portugal was overconfident:
"No, I don't think so. They are a very good team."
On the game today:
"It was a good start. We took our chances and the result was good. We knew they were going to come out tough, but we played the way we planned. We felt comfortable about playing today. We wanted to the play our game. Our team has great individual skills."
On the cut on his lip:
"After I headed the ball I got hit ... some stitches. My injuries are keeping the team doctor pretty busy."
"They have a really potent attack. They have a top five offense. In the second half I felt that our defense stepped back too deep. We didn't put pressure on them. I think this is something that we'll have to correct before the next game. They have a great defensive line, but we were able to beat them on a few plays."
On the upcoming match against Korea:
"They (Korea) are the home team. In the last match they proved to be extremely tough and I think it will be a difficult match. They are playing extremely well. The Korean team has a lot of composure and I was very impressed. They also have a lot of energy and they know how to slow it down, (then) pick it up and go forward."
On whether his team got nervous:
"In the second half? I thought that we played extremely well in the first half, but in the second half we lost our composure. We didn't put pressure on them. We were up (on the scoreboard) but we were not playing the way we should have."
BRAD FRIEDEL - U.S. goalkeeper
On how the current USA team compares with the 1998 team:
"In France 1998, that [USA] team would not have beaten Portugal. I don't care how you want to spin it, that group would not have beaten Portugal."
LANDON DONOVAN - U.S. midfielder/forward
On what it means to play in his first ever World Cup:
"It's great. But it is only the first game. Of course we're excited but we still have two more to go."
On the upcoming match against Korea:
"It is going to be tough. South Korea did very well in last night's game. They know how to play with the home crowd behind them. I know it is going to be a tough game. It is going to be an absolute battle. The winner between us and South Korea will have a chance of passing the first round."
On whether he expected victory against Portugal:
"Sure. Senegal beat France. We've played lots of games. Tough games. Why can't we beat them?"
On how he felt after the difference narrowed to 3-2:
"I had a sense of how things were going, so I didn't much panic."