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Post Game Quote Sheet: USA 4, Canada 2


U.S. head coach WILMER CABRERA
On qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup:
“We are very happy that we qualified. That was our objective from the very beginning. Qualifying is something we had to do. Our Under-17 program has been developing young players in the United States and we have qualified for every World Cup. We wanted to do nothing less than qualify. We succeeded in qualifying based on the results of the two games and we played well, individually and as a team. We are the first qualified team but we want to get to the final.

On the upcoming game against Honduras:
“We will continue to work and we have an important game against Honduras, that’s the game that will decide who will be first in the group. Honduras is going to be playing to qualify, therefore it should be a very intense game. We hope to continue winning.”

On whether he will make changes to his lineup on Saturday:
“We definitely need to make some changes. Alex Shinsky cannot play the next game as he got two yellow cards and the idea is to see how they feel physically. If we need to make more changes than we have to do that, but the idea is to keep the same performance without making too many changes.”

On what the team could improve on:
“At this age it’s not always easy to keep their concentration after winning 5-0 against Cuba and winning 3-0 in the first half. It’s not easy to keep that same intensity. Canada showed us that we need to be focused and I think it’s a good way to continue learning and developing how to manage a game. I think that’s really important for our players because that cost us two goals. They learned they cannot just relax.”


U.S. forward JACK MCINERNEY
On tonight’s game and scoring two more goals:
“Starting off, we pressured for the early goal and we got one. We just played our game. I definitely wouldn’t have scored any goals without the help of my teammates. We came out of halftime kind of slow but we played through the final whistle.”

On the team's mentality heading into Saturday's game against Honduras:
“We had a meeting right after the game in the middle of the field and we talked about not changing anything. We’re going to try to win and keep playing our game. We always say that we have to keep our focus on the next game."


U.S. midfielder SEBASTIAN LLETGET
On whether the team lost focus after going up 3-0:
“We did lose focus. It’s natural when you score goals it’s easy to take your foot off the gas, but these games are going to keep getting harder and the pressure is going to keep getting higher. We really have to keep our mind on the whole 90 minutes.”

On being one of the newer players and scoring goals:
“My teammates really help me a lot, we work day in and day out getting to know each other and it’s helped me a lot. We have a lot of communication and that helps me out a lot. We have a lot of creative players on our team which is great.”








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