On the day of their crucial World Cup Qualifier, U.S. MNT players and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talk about the mission in Antigua: three points.
Members of the U.S. Men’s National Team met with reporters Thursday night prior to training in Antigua. While the words were different, the message was the same: The U.S. is here to get three points – period. Here’s some insight into their thinking.
U.S. head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:
“It takes the right focus and attitude from the first second on. You’ve got to be really sharp and able to adjust to whatever happens during the game. All I want is three points and to move on to Kansas City. They are ready. They understand the stakes.”
U.S. captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA:
“They have nothing to lose so they are going to try to score on us and beat us. They want to get a win at home. For us, it’s important. We need to get a win, we need to get in their faces and stay disciplined and organized. We had a good week. Guys have their heads in the right place.
U.S. midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY:
“You can talk beforehand about your game plan and about what you want to do. But there’s also a part to playing in these kinds of games, in these kinds of qualifiers, where you have to be good at reading the game and recognizing as the game is going on what is working and what is not. We want to make sure that we’re committed from the first whistle, committed in our reactions to go forward, committed in our reactions to close down and chase and make the game hard for them.”
U.S. defender GEOFF CAMERON:
“I think we’ve got to come out with a high tempo, but we can’t take our foot off the gas. So if we keep that in mind we can do a good job and take care of business.”
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