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They Said It: Quotes from the U.S. MNT camp in Sao Paulo


U.S. MNT midfielder KYLE BECKERMAN
On what he has done on the trip in his free time:
“A lot of it has just been resting and getting the body ready for the next training or game. We got to get an acai bowl and try some of the Brazilian rodizio. That was a lot of fun. We’re all kind of full today because we did it last night. Mainly it’s just focus on training camp.”

On the two dinners the team had out in the city:
“The two dinners out were great. One was this Italian place that was at the top floor and you could see all of Sao Paulo. It was amazing to see how big this city is. Last night we went to a traditional Brazilian steakhouse and [the food] just kept coming and coming. It was delicious, and we’ll all sweat it out today.”

On how the ‘dry run’ will help the players who return for the FIFA World Cup in June:
“It will help anybody to know what you’re getting into, what the training days will be like and just feel comfortable. A lot of things you hear about Brazil, you don’t really know and your mind starts to wonder, but coming down here and getting to see it, it definitely will help anybody who’s here in June.”

U.S. MNT defender OMAR GONZALEZ
On what he has done on the trip in his free time:
“My experience here outside the training ground so far has been great. I think the hotel is one of the best ones here. The food has been great. We feel safe enough to venture out of the two-block radius of the hotel. We learned that this place is great! We found a nice little spot to hang out, and it’s been a really good time to build some chemistry between the players and just hang out with guys.”

On the two dinners the team had out in the city:
“The food has been fantastic, especially the two restaurants we went to. The one on the rooftop was amazing! The views… there are high rises as far as the eye can see in any direction. And the traditional Brazilian churrascaria was excellent. I don’t think I need to eat that much meat again for a while.”

On how the ‘dry run’ will help the players who return for the FIFA World Cup in June:
“Just getting to know the area right now will help us in June because we won’t be surprised by anything. Everyone is taking care of everything we need night now and making sure that everything in June will be set for us. Getting to know the people and building good relationships is key to everything running smoothly in June.”

U.S. MNT forward CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On his impressions of Sao Paulo:
“It’s been great! You hear a little bit of the stories about security, but to be honest it’s been amazing. The people, since we’ve been here, have been very warm and cordial – very open to us, especially the staff at the hotel.”

On what he has done on the trip in his free time:
“We went for a little walk down the main street and ended up hitting up a little café and having a little bit of lunch there. So, it was nice to get out.”

On the first dinner the team had out in the city:
“It was amazing, especially the view of Sao Paulo. I didn’t realize how massive it is. It just goes on for what looks like forever. It was pretty cool to be at the top of that building and overlook the whole city.”

On how the ‘dry run’ will help the players who return for the FIFA World Cup in June:
“I think it helps a lot. It’s nice to get a lay of the land and see how everything works, especially seeing the grounds here at Sao Paulo FC. It’s a great facility and pretty special.”

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