ROSTOCK, Germany (Wednesday, March 27, 2002) - U.S. head coach Bruce Arena, goalkeeper Kasey Keller and midfielder Earnie Stewart commented on the 4-2 German win.
BRUCE ARENA, U.S. Men's National Team head coach
On the game: "I thought the key to the game was their physical strength. We could have defended better and at times shown more committment. They won a lot of the battles, and in the end they were the better team."
KASEY KELLER, U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper
On the German's first goal from Tottenham Hotspur teammate Christian Ziege: "I've seen Ziege do this in training all the time. You can't cheat against him. If you move a second early, he nails you to the other post. You basically have to give him the upper corner. And if he hits it, you shake his hand."
On the game: "Obviously they are a very big and strong team. And when you are a little bit smaller, you have to want it that much more, and we got pushed around a bit today."
On the U.S. performance: "I was disappointed. I thought we had a pretty fresh start, but they didn't panic and stuck to their game plan. We were disappointed in the way we came out the second half. We had a bad 15 minutes. But in all fairness, we changed it around a bit and had chances to get back into the game. They beat us on the day, and we have to hold our hands up and learn from it."
"You can tell the difference between a team that plays together for a month, like we did when we won the Gold Cup, and a team that is thrown together for a couple of days."
EARNIE STEWART, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder and captain
On the game: "Apart from the first 20 minutes of the second half, I thought we did well against a tough German team. They have so many big boys in there that sometimes, especially with corner kicks, they start to push and shove, and they get that physical advantage.
"We gave up a few too many free kicks and corners. It was a little unnecessary, which makes things more difficult. Overall, except for that 20 minute stretch, I thought the boys held up pretty good.
"It was a pretty open game, which you don't normally have against Germany. We were lucky to score first against the run of play, and then all of a sudden things started to happen for us. We did have a chance to score a second goal and go up 2-nil, and, of course, they had their chances. They were playing at home, and you know that going into games like this that that is what is going to happen. It is just a shame that we couldn't keep the 1-nil lead until halftime."