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U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley Discusses The Upcoming Match Against Grenada

Pre-Game Quote Sheet
U.S. MNT vs Grenada
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
July 3, 2009

U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach BOB BRADLEY:
On the U.S. team's performance in South Africa:
“We were very pleased with the way the team played. We fought through our group, and in the end we’re excited about finishing the way we did. We’re disappointed to lose in the final, but still, good things to build on.”

On what lessons were learned about the team in the Confederations Cup:
“We learned that if we stick together as a team, if we play at our best, that we can compete very well. I think there’s a confidence that we’ve gained, and I think that we also come back with the respect of many people around the world.”

On soccer’s growth in the U.S. compared to Central American nations:
“I don’t know about the comparison. But I do know that there are so many good things that are happening with regard to soccer in the United States. Even here in Seattle—a great start by the Sounders this year, an organization that has really done its job properly, an exciting team with the support of the community. When you see those kinds of things happening around the country, it’s a good sign that the people in the United States are working together to make soccer better.”

On Brad Evans’s inclusion in the team:
“Brad has been an important part of things here with the Sounders. He has been part of some of our youth teams, and I think it’s a good opportunity for him to get into the senior national team. He’s athletic; he has a real good way of competing on the field and we’re pleased to have him in our group.”

On getting the U.S. seeded for the 2010 World Cup:
“That would be a great goal. We know that comes from beating the right teams, doing well in big tournaments. So we feel like the Confederations Cup helped in that regard, and now the Gold Cup is certainly something that we need to look at the right way.”

On playing on the Fourth of July:
“First of all, I think for anyone connected with the national team, every time you step on the field and they play the National Anthem, that’s a special feeling. To have it happen on the Fourth of July here in Seattle, I think gives it extra meaning.”

On bringing Jay Heaps into camp:
“Jay has been a player that every year competes very well. You look at the success that New England has had over the years, and you always want to respect the efforts of key players. I think he has been a key player, and it’s good to bring him in and have him show what he can do in this environment.”