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U.S. Men vs. Honduras - Post-Match Quote Sheet

March 2, 2002

Following are quotes from the USA’s 4-0 win against Honduras in Seattle, Washington on March 2.  The USA will play Ecuador next at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. on March 10.

U.S. head coach BRUCE ARENA:
“I thought it was a good effort.  We had a good afternoon.  It’s positive to be able to look at 16 players as we continue to evaluate for the World Cup roster. Kasey did not get a lot of work, but the save he made was a big one.  He is challenging to be the number one goalkeeper.  I thought that Mathis, McBride and Armas were solid.  Mathis had a good game, but he needs to get fitter."

"We did well after the first 15 minutes.  The first 15, we were slow and hesitant and dealing with Honduras going forward.  We got that sorted out. It was disappointing in the first 43 minutes to only be up 1-0, we didn’t have enough to show for it.  We got the second goal in the 44th minute I believe and went into the locker room up two goals   I told the team at half to get the second goal in the first 15 minutes.  But saying that, we had a consistent effort for 90 minutes."

On the play of Honduras:
"Honduras gave us problems in the first half.  They were difficult to match up with.  Kasey made a big save on (Saul) Martinez on the breakaway.  But as the game went on, the team got things sorted out."

On the play of Landon Donovan:
"Landon can play of number of different positions- forward, midfield.  His versatility is a key to this team."

On playing in Seattle:
"Seattle was a great host.  I want to thank people of Seattle for a great week. I think that 38,000 for a friendly is good."

U.S. midfielder and Chevrolet Man of the Match Landon DONOVAN:
``We don't give up too many goals.  If we get two goals in the first half, like we did, we are very comfortable going forward.''

On which position he feels most comfortable playing:
"If you had asked me before the Gold Cup,  I would have said I feel more comfortable up front, but now maybe in the midfield.”

On whether his two goals were an early birthday present:
"Possibly, hopefully it comes late as well next week."

U.S. goalkeeper Kasey KELLER:

Describing the breakaway save:
“That was one of the few times the defense got out of shape.  Martinez was slipped a good ball but the key is that the defense didn’t give up and the player only had one area to shoot.  The defensive pressure makes it easier for me to make the save.  It was great to pick up like this after the Gold Cup.”

On his recent play with the national team:
"The Gold Cup was a big opportunity for me to play in five games, considering I allowed one goal.  I’m trying to show that I should be the number one goalkeeper."

On his disappointment of missing the March 10 match in Birmingham:
“I want to play in as many games as possible, and obviously it's disappointing to not be able to play next week.  My mom had moved to Birmingham, and I was hopeful of possibly being able to play in two games.  Next week is another big game that is disappointing to have to miss.   Hopefully I will be released for another game in the future.”

On playing in Seattle:
“The support here was great.  To get 38,000 fans for a friendly was great.  I had a tremendous week, and to finish it out with a 4-0 win was spectacular. There should be more games scheduled here in the Northwest.”

U.S. midfielder Clint MATHIS:
“I’m coming out of rehab and getting more in shape.  I got some time in Gold Cup.  This game was good for my confidence.  If you had to ask me for a percentage, I’m only at 90 percent.  I need some games.  Playing in games is different from being in practice.  When it comes to playing in games, your timing is different.”