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Post Game Quote Sheet: USA 3, Honduras 2


U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
On starting Conor Casey:
“Conor has played very well in Major League Soccer lately. His movement and ability to hold the ball and bring people into the game has been good. We just felt the fact that he’s been playing regularly and the quality that he brings would be important at the beginning of the game. He was very brave to go into the play that led to the first goal. On the second goal he did well to time his run, took the pass and finished it very well. He’s been in good form and we’ve been pleased we’ve gotten him into the mix, and tonight was a big night for him.”

On qualifying for the World Cup:
“This was the most important game in qualifying because it was the one that qualified us for South Africa 2010. The celebration was a very good one because when you have a group that has come together, that has worked hard, that has grown, when they’ve accomplished something it’s a special feeling. Tonight we can all share that feeling.”

On if qualifying top of the group is important:
“It is important to win the group. We take a great amount of pride in trying to be the best team in CONCACAF. The competition in the final round [of qualify] has been very strong and that’s the reason everything has been very close. With this win today, we’re in position going into the Costa Rica game to finish first in the group, and that’s the goal.”


U.S. Men’s National Team forward CONOR CASEY
On getting the start:
“I was a little surprised, but definitely excited to get the start. We knew it was going to be a very tough game. They obviously were playing to win and playing for the same thing that we were, and they had their crowd behind them. I thought we played well, we played smart, got a little lucky in the end with the [missed] penalty, but we definitely deserved it in the end."

On the first goal:
“On the first one, the ball was played in to Charlie and I kind of speculated that he would be heading it back in my direction, so I went up the goalie challenged for it. I don’t know if I got my head on it or what, but somehow it went in the direction of the goal and in.”

On the second goal:
“On the second one, I think we just broke and Landon slipped me a nice ball, and I was alone on goal and slotted it in the corner.”


U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On the match:
“It was a culmination of a long learning process and we played mature, experienced, a hard fought 90 minutes, and I was very proud of us.”

On how it felt to qualify in Honduras:
“You don’t want to go into the last game leaving anything to chance. As we see around the world, even with qualifiers today, anything can happen in one soccer game and we didn’t want to leave that opportunity open. It was nice to get it done.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the quality of teams in CONCACAF:
“They are a good team and I think – and a few other have been writing – that this region is starting to catch up. Mexico dominated for so long and we’ve had our fair share of domination, but the [rest of the teams in CONCACAF] are catching up."

On playing in front of a raucous crowd:
“We had to weather the storm, but we knew that coming out. When we pulled up at 6:30 and the place was packed, I thought they must have thought kickoff was at 7.”

On how the team responded to Honduras’ attack at the end of the game:
“They brought Suazo on and I was hoping they’d take off Pavon or Costly, and then I see (Martinez) go up and I was thinking that means they are going to play three up front. We just knew it was going to be an onslaught. It was hard for us because the way to defend that you have to be really disciplined and really tight, and they were playing cat and mouse throwing all the numbers forward. They were saying keep dropping, keep dropping, and it’s hard not to drop.”


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