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Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Honduras - April 14, 2013

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Honduras
April 14, 2013

On the game overall and missing out on the U-17 World Cup:
“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. The players have put so much into this preparation over the last 16 months with us and our goal was to get to the World Cup, and that’s not going to happen now. The game itself, I thought we came out and did a pretty good job in the first half. We had some opportunities that we did not take. Honduras was playing very direct, which gave us a little bit of problems here and there with their strength. For the most part, I thought we did OK. They had the goal and then we came back with another goal to go even at halftime. We made a couple mistakes in the second half, and at the end of the day we couldn’t take our chances. That’s soccer at times.”

On the players’ development and the big picture of their futures:
“We’re extremely proud of our players. We believe they have great futures ahead of them. One game is not going to define their career. You could see over the last 16 months working with them how they’ve developed, how they’ve become better soccer players and better people. They have great futures ahead of them. It’s unfortunate sometimes when it comes down to one game. People want to be critical. They’ve won a lot of games over the last 16 months against a lot of good teams. Coming down to one game, we can’t sit there and say that’s affected their development. We’re very disappointed. We tried our hardest. They tried their hardest to try to qualify for the World Cup. For whatever reason tonight it just didn’t work out. Honduras was the better team on the night and got the result they needed, and we didn’t, and that’s just the way it is sometimes.”

On the effectiveness of Honduras’ play:
“Honduras won the game and they did what they needed to do. At the end of the day it’s winning or losing. I thought their approach to play the game was very direct, which is fine. That’s the way they want to play. At times it was a handful for us during the game. It was effective for them. They had a couple chances from it and scored. They took their free kick well. I give them all the credit in the world for doing what they needed to do for qualifying for the World Cup, so good luck to them.”

U-17 MNT goalkeeper JEFF CALDWELL
On the team’s efforts coming up short during this process:
“We all worked really, really hard and put in 100 percent for a very long time. We all got better. At the end of the day, we just didn’t get it done tonight. It stinks. We’ll all have learned from this and it’ll make us better players and better individuals. It’s something tough and we’ll have to get stronger and get on with it.”

On rebounding from the loss in future events in the players’ young careers:
“Sometimes in a one-off game it doesn’t go your way. We were outplayed tonight. I let the team down partially. It’s tough and it hurts. We’ll just have to rebound in future World Cups and other cycles will have to be stronger and better and learn from this.”

U-17 MNT defender SHAQ MOORE
On what the team took away from the loss to Honduras:
“Tonight was a tough loss. After the game [head coach Richie Williams] just preached to keep our heads up. It’s not the last game and it’s not the end of the world. We can still bounce back from it, even though it’s a tough loss, and stay positive after everything that happened.”

On the team’s early scoring chances against Honduras:
“It was really tough because the first goal would dictate the whole game. I had one chance, Rubio had one and other people had one. That first goal is really crucial, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the first one and they took advantage of their effort, so you have to give them credit, too.”