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U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico Quote Sheet


Quotes from the U.S. MNT’s first win on Mexican soil, a 1-0 win at the Estadio Azteca



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Jurgen Klinsmann

IN THE IMAGE: USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann watches his team before the game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. The USMNT tied Mexico, 1-1.

U.S. MNT vs. Mexico
Post-Game Quote Sheet
Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Aug. 15, 2012

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On the win against Mexico:
“I think it’s huge. It’s huge for all American fans and it’s huge for the team. It’s historic. We were well aware that we’ve never won here at Azteca and this is an amazing experience for all the players. We told them before the game, ‘This moment is for you, go and grab it.’ We are aware that is was a lot of work. Tim Howard kept us in the game I don’t know how many times. It was an absolutely fantastic performance by Tim. Also, the back line were holding their strength for the whole 90 minutes. It was a fantastic team performance. We know we still have to improve in many elements. We have to keep the ball longer, we have to create more chances and we have to do a lot of work still, but I think this gives us a lot of confidence.”

On instilling a winning mentality:
“It’s the belief and the mental aspect of it. Eventually, you need a little bit of luck too and in some instances we were a little bit lucky tonight and we had Tim Howard in our goal. I think the team really knew what to expect, it was difficult at high altitude and many of them flew in from Europe two days ago, but we had a plan and we tried to execute that plan. Getting that win here, it’s quite enjoyable.”

U.S. goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca:
It took a lot of grit and determination. We went out there and played our hearts out tonight. It’s not lost on any of us that we made history. We’re just so proud of those guys. We worked hard. We played well and we had to weather their storm most of the game and we did that.

On the distractions created by the crowd:
I think it’s the less you pay attention the better. If you start calling attention to it, it seems like more lasers come out. Trying to get them to stop it would be futile. It’s part of the game now, you hope that the stadium and FIFA to do something about it, but we don’t expect it and just get on with it.

On the play of the U.S. defensive back line:
They were fantastic. We didn’t have a lot of time to work the kinks out. We talked about it in the dressing room before that it wasn’t going to be perfect, but let’s work on it as the game goes and they were rock solid. Without those guys we would’ve lost the game tonight, they were absolutely outstanding.








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