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U.S. MNT vs. Grenada - Post-Match Quote Sheet


Head Coach Bruce Arena
On the match…
“It was a good game. I thought the field conditions made it difficult for both teams. These games tend to be games of mistakes. You need to be alert for 90 minutes. I give the team from Grenada a lot of credit. They fought hard and did a terrific job. At the same time I congratulate our team for winning both games. It was a good experience for our young players. We’re pleased. It’s the type of game that helped us get ready for the next round.”

On the competition in qualifying…

“I’ve said many times, small countries today are no longer small. Unlike 10 or 15 years ago they have players with experience. A guy like Jason Roberts brings a lot to the Grenada team. It tends to help shrink the world.”

On Grenada…
“We entered this series believing Grenada would be a tough opponent and they proved it over two games.”

On the field conditions…
“I think we may have scored more goals. It was in great shape yesterday, but then the rains came. They did a terrific job of getting the field ready, but the showers came before the kickoff and made it difficult.”

On the crowd…

“It was a great crowd and good support for the home team. We were pleased with the support we got from the U.S. fans on the island. It was a great day and I think Grenada can grow from this experience.”

Midfielder Landon Donovan, who was named Chevrolet Man of the Match

On scoring the opening goal…
"The first goal is always important. You don't want to give them a chance and scoring early makes them open up a lot. On my goal, Claudio (Reyna) got it wide and Brian (McBride) crashed the net, so Claudio is smart enough to see that and dropped it back to me and it was basically an open net."

Midfielder Earnie Stewart, who became the eighth U.S. MNT player to reach 100 caps

On getting his 100th cap…
“This is one of the numbers that I do care about. It’s a great honor to be part of an elite group that reaches 100 caps. Not many people have that opportunity and I’m glad I did.”

On if he thought reaching 100 caps would be possible after the 2002 World Cup…

“No. I thought I was too far off and I was getting older. I felt pretty much that after the World Cup it would be over, but I got closer again. And once you get closer it becomes something you would like to accomplish. We don’t have much say in it because the coach has the final say, but in the end it is a fantastic honor for me.”

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