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June 11 Press Conference with Bob Bradley and Carlos Bocanegra


U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach BOB BRADLEY:
On reports that he’s said Jozy Altidore will be starting against England:
“I got asked that question, and just felt at that point that yes, Jozy’s starting, so I thought we could give one name out.”

On whether defeating England tomorrow would surpass the 1950 upset:
“It certainly would be a great way for us to start the World Cup. We understand the balance between the importance of this game but still looking at the whole group. But certainly, 1950 is a big moment in U.S. Soccer history and a win I think would be right there on par with it.”

On the calmness and confidence of the U.S. camp:
“I think that we’re excited for the game on the inside. I think we have a good way to communicate, we have our strong moments for sure but at the same time there’s a good level of concentration and we’re ready to go.”

On whether a U.S. victory would be a shock to the world:
“Yes, I would agree that it wouldn’t be a surprise like some of the victories in the past. I think that we’ve earned more and more respect. I say it always that we prepare for every team properly, and we have a great amount of respect for England. But at the same time, on the inside we feel good about the way we’ve grown as a team and we’ve been looking forward to this opportunity since the draw.”

On what makes him prepared to start Jozy Altidore despite his recent injury:
“Jozy’s missed just a couple of days of training. It was always our sense that it was a minor injury, and that our trainers and staff did a really good job. So we always felt that the timing of the injury and the fact that it was so minor wouldn’t interfere at all.”

On whether keeping Wayne Rooney quiet tomorrow is a key to victory:
“I would agree with that. I think he’s such an important player in their team. He comes off a super season, so our ability to keep track of him and make it hard for him is a very important part of what we need to do in order to win.”

On what they learned from the Confederations Cup:
“The experiences here were important. We had tough games, we learned from our losses as well as our wins. We had the chance to experience the different stadiums, the altitude, and the weather. Most of all, I think we came away with a good feeling about the way we improved as a team and we’ve looked forward to being back here ever since.”

On what it’s like to return to Rustenburg specifically, site of the U.S.’ 3-0 victory against Egypt in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup:
“For us the game here last year was the third game of the group. We knew that we needed to win by a big score and needed some help, but we still believed in what we were doing. On that night, every one of our players kept running, kept pushing until the end to see if we could pull out the victory and move on to the semifinals. When you come back to a stadium where you had that type of team effort it’s a good feeling, and hopefully it’s something we can make happen again.”

U.S. MNT Defender CARLOS BOCANEGRA:
On whether the U.S. has a greater team spirit than England:
“I don’t know. We’re not in that camp. As far as our camp goes, we have a great team spirit. We have a lot of confidence in the group, all the guys play for each other and we play for our country. We have a really good thing going on here, but I’ll only speak on my behalf.”

On the strengths of the U.S. team that England must be concerned with:
“I think we traditionally have had a team who’s physical and athletic, and our fitness levels have been quite high. Obviously we know England has a strong team, but inside our camp we have a confidence that we’re going to go out there tomorrow and give them a good game, all they can handle. Hopefully we can get the three points. They know what we have to offer, we know what we have to offer, it’s no secret really between the two teams. We’re familiar with each other.”

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