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Post-match Quote Sheet from U.S. at Costa Rica


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Sunday, July 23, 2000) -

BRUCE ARENA, U.S. Men's National Team head coach

His thoughts on the last-minute goal by Costa Rica: "Disgraceful. I probably saw the play as well as the referee.

"We played very hard, very fair, and very honest today. Our players have conducted themselves wonderfully these last two games. They have nothing to be ashamed of. Our whole team is disappointed. That's not the way to decide a game.

"I thought we outplayed them in both halves, to be honest. They scored a good goal, give them credit, and it's difficult giving away a goal like that, but we had to fight real hard to get back into that game. Now we need to regroup, and we need to win our next three games."

GREGG BERHALTER, U.S. Men's National Team defender

Describing the play on which a penalty was called: "He crossed the ball and I headed it out of bounds. Then he (the referee) called a penalty. It didn't hit off my chest, or my arm. I headed the ball. I blocked a cross with my head and he called a penalty kick. My hands were by my side, where they should be. The referee was behind me and there was no way he could have seen the play. It was a case where the referee was under pressure and he made a bad call."

CLAUDIO REYNA, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder and captain

Describing the scene on the field after the disputed call: "There were a lot of emotions, and it's hard to control yourself after you think you've been robbed of points. We played a good game and we feel we deserve more. With the chances we had at the end we should've had at least a point, if not the win."

On the referee's position during disputed play: "He was in a very bad position... I don't think he was awful the whole game, but that particular call was a very bad call. I don't know if that call was to make up for a penalty he didn't call before, but it was a terrible decision at that time of the game. There's nothing we can do about it now, though."

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