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Post Game Quote Sheet: Costa Rica 3, USA 1

U.S Men's National Team head coach BOB BRADLEY:
On the game:
"As a group tonight, we came up short in every way," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley. "I don't think there was any area at all where we were good enough to win a game against a good team. We were under pressure from the start. We fell short. We recognize that, and we have a quick turnaround for the next game."

U.S. defender and team captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA:
On giving up an early goal:
“We knew they were going to come out with energy and that is exactly how we did not want to start the game, with them scoring so quickly like that.”

On Costa Rica:
“They came out and played well. They had a good game plan and they moved the ball around well. We saw game tape of them and we knew what they were going to do, but give them credit because they played well tonight. Individually, all around the field, we didn’t win our battles.”

U.S. goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On tonight's game:
“We didn’t compete hard enough. We got beat to balls and they caused us problems we couldn’t figure out. A lot went wrong for us.”

On his team's performance:
“We consider us probably the fastest, strongest team in the region but today we got out-passed, outplayed and out-competed in every sense. We have to hold our hands up – we were below average across the board.”

On the team's quick turnaround:
It’s never easy coming off a loss, but as professionals we have to put it behind us. We have to work as a team, and move forward for the next game.”

On Saturday's opponent:
“Honduras is a talented team. We have a quick turnaround time between the games, so we have to do what is necessary to be prepared and have a better result. Right now we have to learn from our mistakes and put that towards Saturday.”

On the game:
“Anytime you give a team a goal advantage, particularly in the first 10 minutes, it’s going to be tough, especially for the visiting team. We made it harder by allowing them to score the second goal. That dictated the game. If the game was 0-0 after 20 minutes, the game looks different. It was a good goal, but when you gift them a goal in the first couple minutes the whole complexion of the game changes.”

On facing Honduras on Saturday:
“We need to learn from tonight, but the most important thing is getting over it as quickly as possible, and taking what you can from it. We have three days physically and mentally for Honduras, who is a very good team that has been rested and preparing for this game.”

On the team's performance:
“I’m disappointed. It’s disappointing to play that way. We were never in control because of the way we started the game, and that makes it difficult.”