Bruce Arena, Claudio Reyna, and Jeff Agoos Share Their Thoughts on the U.S. Men's 0-0 Draw at Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Saturday, June 16, 2001) -
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%BRUCE ARENA, U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach
On the game: "I think we're satisfied with the result. We certainly pushed at the end of the game to try and get three points. Our thoughts going into the game were to try and position ourselves to win the game at the end and we did that. I think we did what we needed to do. This is obviously a difficult setting to play in. Give Jamaica credit, but at the same time I thought our guys played very intelligently and they performed quite well."
On the play of Claudio Reyna: "Claudio played well. I don't know who the critics of Claudio are. They may not understand soccer, but each and every game he's been pretty good for us. He had a very good game today. He held up well in the heat."
On the meaning of today's result: "There's six more games to go. We're far from having this thing over with, so we need to be sharp on Wednesday. Hopefully we come through and perform well."
On the performance of the defense: "Overall, I thought we were solid. Onandi Lowe is very difficult to play against. He's a big strong guy, and he performed well today. I still give our guys credit. Steve Cherundolo had another good game, as did Jeff Agoos and Carlos Llamosa. David Regis tired a little bit. With the passing away of his father he's been out of training for a couple weeks and I think its showed a little bit. I thought our midfield did well. To get 60-odd minutes out of Sanneh was a real plus, and I was real pleased with the way Razov and Kirovski played."
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%CLAUDIO REYNA, U.S. Men's National Team Captain & Midfielder
On the team's performance: "It could have went either way. We defended very well. We played a smart game in these conditions. We never really let them get real momentum and get the crowd into the game. We were very tidy in the back, and we deserved at least a point. We're happy with that."
On his performance in the midfield: "I've been trying to get forward a bit more. Earnie [Stewart] and I share that responsibility. I think we work better that way, instead of having me just work behind the forwards. I try to pick my spots to get forward and try to get back and help defend. I think that what's all the midfielders on our team can do. We can go both ways. That's when we can surprise other teams. It worked today, and I thought we were unlucky not to get a goal."
On the early pressure from the Jamaicans: "They came out a bit strong like we expected. Onandi Lowe was a handful for our defenders. He was dangerous, but credit to our defenders and the whole team because we held their first storm and definitely are happy to get away with a point."
On the meaning of this result in the 2002 qualification process: "It's a great result because we've taken two points away from Jamaica at home. It's very important. We're sitting pretty good, and now we've got a home game where we have to do the business. It's definitely not over, but up until now we've done a good job and gotten the right results at home and away from home. Everyone on the team is doing a good job. It was a good team performance."
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%JEFF AGOOS, U.S. Men's National Team Defender
On the team's defensive performance: "We go into games hoping to have no goals against, and we did that again today. We did that against Costa Rica as well, so I'm happy with the way we defended. I would have liked to have been a little bit tighter and not given them so many chances, but it's a tough team to play against. Jamaica is a tough team to play against on this field and in the heat. That's why they haven't lost for 51 games."