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Post Game Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs Netherlands

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach BOB BRADLEY

On the tonight's match against the Netherlands:
“Certainly it was a good test for us and I think overall the team played well. The collective effort was pretty solid. There were moments where it needed to be sharper, quicker and better and we still need to raise the bar. Late in the game it was nice to see a good push. We had the ability to move the ball forward get people running off it and we created some good opportunities. We take a lot from the game.”

On DaMarcus Beasley's performance:
“Especially as DaMarcus got into the flow of the game more he was able to make some good runs forward. You started to see his mobility and a little bit of his quickness. He had the confidence of being a threat and put defenders on their heels. Those are good things and hopefully they can be built upon.”

On the first half:
“You know going in it is going to be a game where teams press each other hard. They do a very good job of, when the ball turns over, getting after you very fast. It produces a fast game. As far as our understanding of the game and our collective effort, we were pretty solid and didn't give much away. We lost our concentration and it was a very bad time to give up a penalty. In moments where we'd created a little advantage I don't think we were sharp enough or confident enough. But as the game wore on we saw a little more of that and hopefully it will carry over.”

On playing against the Dutch team and its abilities with the ball:
“It's very important to collectively close down. You have to try to squeeze them and put them under pressure because if they settle into an easy rhythm, you feel like you can get overrun. In the moments when we needed to be patient and defend as a unit I thought we made good decisions. At the same time, there was a good balance because we also had an aggressiveness that is necessary.”

On the World Cup squad:
“We have a little more time where we're sizing up form and assessing injuries but certainly there is a nucleus of guys. There are players who have played big roles throughout qualifying and players who continue to be in the picture for us. There are always going to be tough decisions. As a staff we're committed to seeing as many games as we can and we have a lot of work to do to make sure we can make all the decisions that give us the best chance [in the summer].”

On Jay DeMerit:
“We saw in the summer he is a real competitor. He's going to fight for balls and he's not afraid of the situations that arise. He's come up against good forwards and he likes that challenge. You saw all of that tonight and I think his qualities in the back were important in the summer and important now as we move ourselves forward.”

On the team’s effort:
“I thought we did okay. We had some moments in the first half that were okay but I don’t think we put enough pressure on them. You always know that when you come here and play them that they’re going to have a lot of the ball and you hope that at some key moments you make some plays going forward. It took us too long in the second half before we made some real plays.”

On the match:
“It’s always disappointing to lose a game but at the same time we can take the good and the bad from this game and move on to the next one.”

On the assist to Carlos Bocanegra:
“They (the Dutch players) were all standing there and they looked kind of confused so I tried to take it as quickly as I could. Luckily he wasn’t offside. Carlos is always great at heading the ball, whether it’s defending or attacking so it was good that he got a head on it and we at least got a goal out of it.”

On how the team played against one of the better teams in the world, defensively:
“I think we did alright. I think we have a lot more to show, we have a couple of guys out. Even with that, I still think the guys that came in today did very well. I think we have to keep getting better, keep improving.”

On what brought on his spurt of form late in the game:
“The subs made a great impact. They did what they were supposed to do. Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley, Clarence Goodsen, Maurice Edu, they all came on and did what they had to do. They impacted the game big time and we almost equalized.”