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Post-Match Quotes: USA 2, Panama 5


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. Futsal 2, Panama 5
2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship – Guatemala City, Guatemala
July 2, 2012

U.S. Futsal National Team Head Coach KEITH TOZER
On the first game:
“Our backs are definitely against the wall. We know we have to come up with a victory against Canada and then play the defending champs in the third game to go through. It’s kind of disappointing, I feel. We gave up five goals, which I didn’t think this team would do, but there’s nothing we can do about it right now. Right now we have to focus on Canada.”

On the team’s adjustments at halftime:
“At halftime we made some adjustments and we moved [Kraig] Chile back a little bit to get him to face the goal. I thought he played really well in the second half. He had a lot of shots. It was 3-2 with two and a half minutes to go in the game. We had a restart at the end and we just didn’t execute it. We would have hoped to have tied it up there. Then we lost two goals in the fifth attacker. The only thing we can do now is keep their heads up and get ready for the next match.”

On whether it helped the more inexperienced players to get their first game under their belt:
“I think so. We were here a couple weeks ago and played four games and that helped us out tremendously. Sports is sports. We gave up some early counter attack goals, which they are known for, and that was really the story of the game.”

U.S. Futsal captain MATTHEW STEWART
On the first game:
“I know the guys worked really hard leading up to the CONCACAF Championship. We came out, we put them under high pressure but it just didn’t seem like the energy was there this game. We seemed like we played a little timid. It seems like there was a lot of pressure on some of the guys and we just didn’t have the legs underneath us for some reason.”

On the new players getting their nerves out after the first game:
“I think that’s what it came down to. Some guys just kind of psyched themselves out. This being their first cap, hopefully the guys have settled down and come out tomorrow playing like we know how to play.”

On how the team feels heading into the second game:
“We started out slow in the first game. The energy wasn’t there, but I know come tomorrow, it has to be there. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it, we have to come out and be ready to play right from the first whistle to the last whistle. We have to get the win.”

U.S. Futsal defender KEVIN TEN EYCK
On playing in his first CONCACAF Futsal Championship game:
“In the U.S., we play indoor soccer. We don’t play futsal as much and it’s definitely a big change. But we’ve had enough camps to get experience under our belts and understand what to do. It’s good to get the first game out of the way and we have to improve and prepare for the next games that are coming up.”

On what the team discussed at halftime:
“We were still in the game. It was 3-1 at half and our goal was to take one goal back by 10 minutes into the game and use the last 10 minutes to get another one to tie it up. We weren’t really panicked or anything, which you could see from our play. We still kept the ball, we still knocked it around. That was basically our talk: stay calm, don’t panic.”

On how he feels going into the next game tomorrow:
“It’s a quick turnaround but we’ve been training really hard, running a lot and getting in shape so we shouldn’t have heavy legs. I think it will be good because everybody’s nerves are going to be settled down, considering the majority of our team had never had a career appearance before. I think, hopefully, we can come out with a different result tomorrow night.”



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