When it comes to building a successful team, there are many parts to the equation. As much as the onus is on players to show up and perform, the ability of the coaching staff to give the team what it needs to succeed is just as important. Preparation breeds confidence, a trait that was clearly on display Friday night.
Following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s emphatic 4-0 win in the critical World Cup Qualifier against Panama, Budweiser Man of the Match Jozy Altidore hailed the “tremendous job” that Bruce Arena and his staff did to prepare he and his teammates for the crucial match.
“I don’t think we could have been any more prepared,” Altidore said. “In all my years playing with this team, this game was the most preparation I’ve seen from a coaching staff and I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t think there was anything they missed, and it made for a very easy job for us tonight in terms of what to expect from Panama.”
“This week we had a lot of meetings,” added center back Omar Gonzalez. “There were two or three meetings every day to make sure there was no stone left unturned and that we were ready for tonight.”
With every angle covered, the stage was well set for the comprehensive 4-0 victory which put the MNT in a position to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tuesday in Trinidad & Tobago.
“All that was left tonight was for us to go out there and be the protagonist,” Altidore added. “I said it all week, that we had to be the ones to step on the field and make it happen and I thought we did that tonight.”