U.S. Soccer Abbreviated Quote Summary
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Tuesday, November 3, 1998) - U.S. National Team Coach Bruce Arena and U.S. Defender Jeff Agoos
Bruce Arena (U.S. National Team Head Coach)
On first three days on job:
"It was a good three days. Our objective is to get to know each other and organize our team for a victory and to be patient with a group that is young. We will approach Friday's game with a philosophy of importance, and try and set the tone early."
On Glenn Myernick as assistant coach:
"I have not had the opportunity to talk to him yet but I intend to involve as many quality coaches as possible and Glenn is one of those people."
On CJ Brown:
"He is doing well. He did an outstanding job on the best defensive team in MLS and continues to demonstrate his one-on-one skills and has a bright future in the national team program."
On keeping team in spotlight after World Cup:
"In the very near future, we will have games against some of the best teams in the world and that is enough to get noticed in the early going. The national team ties in with MLS and as MLS grows so does the national team. One demand on the national team is that the players on the national team are the best on their MLS team day in and day out."
On John Harkes and Marcelo Balboa:
"Fully aware of what they have done for the national team and the majority of the players here we do not. Want to look at some of the seasonal professionals that have not played on the international level. We are not ruling anyone out for this team."
On Sundays practice:
"I am hopeful we can play quick and have the mobility to move forward. Every game is going to look different and we will be trying to get the players used to our philosophy. We need to be patient, build with young players and remember this is a long term project."
On how things are progressing with new coach:
"We are all excited with the old and new players and I have been fortunate to play for Bruce for awhile and it is going to be a process for the team to learn about each other the next couple of months."
Contrast of camps between now and World Cup:
"Things are not as tense and focused as they were before France '98. There is a lot of competition and everybody is vying for a spot."