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Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT 1, Paraguay 3


U.S. forward TAYLOR TWELLMAN:
On the team doing a lot of things well but not finishing chances:
“Obviously that’s the most frustrating part. It’s also a positive thing to look at that we created so many chances. What’s killing us is that in the last 15 minutes of both games against Argentina and Paraguay we didn’t finish it off."

On the team’s performance:
“I definitely thought we were the better team. For a good stretch we had the majority of the ball, which was a lot different than the Argentina game. It’s just frustrating because at the end of the day we make mistakes that shoot ourselves in the foot. Hopefully we get rid of those sooner or later.”

On the experience of playing in Copa America:
“It’s been a great experience for a lot of us. I think it’s going to help us in the long run. We have to learn how to manage a game. That’s the most important thing as a whole.”

On how you fix the problem of not finishing chances:
“You don’t. It’s the nature of the game. Some games you get five shots and five goals, others you get 20 shots and one goal. I don’t think it’s about that. I think it’s about learning how to manage games.”

On who had good performances:
“Honestly, I don’t think anyone had a bad game. A lot of guys had great games tonight. It was just one or two things here or there that made the difference.”

On his increased playing time this year:
”I’m enjoying it. I’ve got four starts this year, which is something that I’ve never got. I played in every Gold Cup game, and now the first two games in Copa America. Obviously it’s good for me. You can only find the rhythm when you continuing playing, and I hope it keeps going.”

U.S. defender JONATHAN BORNSTEIN
On the game:
“I thought the game was a battle. It didn’t work out our way in the end. We could have separated ourselves early on by taking advantage of our opportunities. We had a lot of chances that we didn’t capitalize on. That was the story of the game.”

On whether it is encouraging that the team creates chances, or discouraging that the team is not finishing them:
“It’s a little bit of both. Obviously when you are playing good soccer and creating good chances, it makes you feel good that you are going in the right direction. At the same time, it’s disheartening when you don’t put those chances away and then they come right back down and score. It’s a good thing that we are making chances, but we have to capitalize on them.”

On the back pass that led to the second goal:
“The ball got sent out wide and I was running it down. I heard Jimmy [Conrad] yelling ‘man on,’ so when I looked up I was facing Kasey Keller and I tried to play it back. Maybe I didn’t hit it as hard as I should have, but somehow it got caught. Their forward ran through and got to it before Kasey did, and put it in the back of the net pretty nicely. It was a big mistake on my part. Those things happen, and I thought that as a team we did a good job of trying to fight back and get the equalizer.”

On whether you take positives from a game like this:
“You have to. You can’t look back at every game and only see the negatives. Obviously you have to learn from your experiences, but you also have to learn from the good things you do. I think we were the better team throughout most of the game. We didn’t get the result, so it doesn’t look that way. We had stretches where were good on both sides of the ball. At the same time, you can’t be proud of a defeat.”

U.S. midfielder RICARDO CLARK
On the team’s performance:
“I think the Argentina game was a wake up call. Tonight we came out with more intensity. We created a lot more chances. I think we put in a good effort, which is a positive, but at the end of the day soccer is a results-oriented business and we didn’t get one tonight. We have to focus on staying mentally sharp for 90 minutes. All we can do now is get better and try to get a win against Colombia.”

On the positives from the game tonight:
“We created chances, and they came from all over the place. They came from our forwards. They came from our midfielders, and they came from out wide. It shows that we have strength in all positions in the field. We came out with good intensity. You’ve got to have that for 90 minutes, and I thought we brought a lot of energy tonight. I thought for sure we were going to get the equalizer.”

Describing his goal:
“I just saw the ball being played into Taylor Twellman. I want to make sure we had good support for them, so I ran off the ball and he played a great pass to me. I took a touch out wide and saw the goalkeeper leaning a bit, so I shot it to the near post and thankfully it went in.”

U.S. defender DREW MOOR
On the experience in his first cap:
“It was a great experience. At the same time, for as well as I thought I played, the one thing I keep thinking about is the header that I missed. I don’t want to focus on it too much, because I felt I played well.”

Describing the header:
“I hadn’t been going forward on corners, but I looked over at Coach Bradley and he told me to push forward. The cross came in and was kind of deep. Justin Mapp got the ball to Ricardo Clark. I was still in the box and ready, and Rico played the ball in. It was up in the air a little bit longer than I would have wanted. I was really more waiting for it, which is harder since I like to attack headers. I was wide open, and maybe I tried to guide it more than I should have. It’s a header I would score 49 out of 50 times. Unfortunately it was the wrong time to miss it.”

On how he looked very comfortable in getting forward into the attack:
“With the way Paraguay played, it helped me to get in the attack. They play really tight in the middle, which opened up space for me and Johnny to get forward. It’s something that I am getting more comfortable doing, since I have been playing right back for my club team this year. I’m getting better at coming forward and getting involved in the attack and putting crosses. I feel like it’s only a matter of time until I get really comfortable.”

On what he gained from his first experience playing for the national team:
"It’s still tough to tell right now. Obviously the coach has done a great job at bringing in young players and giving them an opportunity at this level. To get to play in front of big crowds and against some of the best teams in the world is something I feel will help me so much in my career down the road, and even in the short term. For me personally tonight, I had goose bumps before the game.”

U.S. Men's National Team head coach BOB BRADLEY
On the result of the game:
"The result is difficult for us tonight. We feel that the effort of the team was strong, nonetheless we didn’t do very well with some of the chances that we created, and we certainly made a mistake that Paraguay was able to take advantage of."

U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper KASEY KELLER
On the young U.S. players gaining experience:
"I feel very good about the young players that we have here with us. We played very well, we just gave them a couple of easy chances, and when you give a good team and good players, easy chances, they are going to beat you. This is why we are here. We are here to give these guys this experience. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to make mistakes to learn. Hopefully now as we go forward in this tournament and into future games, we have learned from this experience and will be better for it."

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