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Look at the two goals we conceded. Does it get any more bizarre than that? So you are down two goals, you get a goal early in the second half and there's plenty of time to get a second goal. We had our chances. Why do people think U.S. Soccer is in charge of player development? Players play in clubs. Why is that U.S. Soccer's responsibility? They support the clubs in this country, they support player development, but that's not their responsibility. They are a governing body that runs our national team programs.feedback
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Oct 12 2017
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Oct 10 2017

How do I (protect Pulisic)? Put him in my arms, perhaps. I have no control over what happens out there. Between the lines the referee's supposed to be controlling the game so I can't protect him. We're hopeful that the referee does a good job protecting all the players.feedback

Oct 09 2017

We need to get on the field Tuesday and win the game really – that's going to be our mentality. In the closing minutes if we have a point wrapped up we just need to be smart, but certainly our mentality is going to be to go to Trinidad and win.feedback

Oct 09 2017 - World Cup

They're a team that is obviously out of the competition. They have no pressure on them. They're playing some new players – I think they're going to play with a lot of freedom. They can be very aggressive. No one on Trinidad's going to be suspended for the first game of the World Cup, so they can have an aggressive mentality. They can have a loose spirit and they could be a real difficult team to play against, so we have to be at our best.feedback

Oct 09 2017

And how should I do that? Hold him in my arms, perhaps?feedback

Oct 09 2017

I'm not going to change because of how other teams are treating me.feedback

Oct 09 2017

Hopefully he's fine.feedback

Oct 09 2017

He's got to deal with it. It's all part of the learning curve. Next time around he'll be better for it.feedback

Oct 09 2017

The conditions on the field today were such that we weren't really able to train, so I wasn't able to see if he was able to run all out. So we're going to make a judgment based on how he feels tomorrow. But he felt good today.feedback

Oct 08 2017

DeAndre did a good job and he played against some good players (on Friday) and did well. He's a good player that continues to grow. It's great to get him back in.feedback

Oct 07 2017

Yes, it was. We wanted to push five players forward in the attack as aggressively as we could. The way Panama plays, we could afford to do that.feedback

Oct 07 2017

We wanted to press them early, get out on the break and get after their backline. On the night, we actually didn't finish well. We could have scored a lot more goals. In the second half, we could have been a little bit better in our possession and made it a little bit harder for Panama, but tonight was a good night.feedback

Oct 06 2017

We continue to grow the game in this country. The game in the U.S. is at its highest point in its history, with a growing domestic league, very competitive national team in a region that continues to grow as well, and it's important that we continue to qualify for World Cups. I don't know how you actually quantify that, but it's certainly very important.feedback

Oct 06 2017

This is why we play and coach in these type of games. This is what high-level athletes and coaches are supposed to be about. We're playing in a big game – that means there's going to be big moments, and we need to have big performances. I believe we're prepared to do that.feedback

Oct 05 2017

It's not making Christian more effective, it's making everyone more effective. Our team is not centered around one player in the attack. We have to focus on our concepts on how to attack the Panamanian defense, and I'm sure at kickoff we'll be ready to apply those tactics. Christian's an important part of the team as well as others.feedback

Oct 05 2017

Our focus isn't on creating space for Christian as much as it's creating space and goal-scoring opportunities for our entire team.feedback

Oct 05 2017

We just put together a roster we thought could be successful in these two games. I think Fabian is a very good player. As we continue to move forward with the national team, I would suspect he's going to be in camps down the road. I don't think any one particular player benefits from [Johnson's absence].feedback

Oct 05 2017

We have no excuses. We're not depending on other teams to win games to help us. We're depending on ourselves.feedback

Oct 05 2017

Easier said than done, but that's all there is to it.feedback

Oct 02 2017

He's a good passer, and in the final third of the field he has some qualities that I think were lacking.feedback

Oct 02 2017

He's a good player, a good young player, a good attacking player. He can create good goal-scoring opportunities for himself and others.feedback

Sep 26 2017

We follow his progress. We watched his game against Ajax over the weekend. All the players that have been in our camps this year we evaluate on a weekly basis.feedback

Sep 26 2017

It's good to get him back. He's a different kind of defender for us, so I think it'll be great if he stays healthy through the week and he arrives in Orlando.feedback

Sep 26 2017

It remains to be seen. He's got to get through this week. We'll see. I would think he's going to be in camp.feedback

Sep 26 2017

It was a brilliant performance by our guys to come out with a point and keep us where we are.feedback

Sep 26 2017

We don't have the luxury of doing that. This is not experimental time. We pretty much have to go with who we have.feedback

Sep 25 2017

I think players should stand for the national anthem. I think representing your country is one of the greatest honors a player or coach can have. That would be my expectations of the players as well.feedback

Sep 04 2017

It's almost like every game is a must win. I don't think there's a heightened sense [of urgency], but we're certainly well aware of the situation.feedback

Sep 04 2017

This is not like it's going to be anything new to our players. It will certainly be challenging, but we have enough experienced players to understand the circumstances.feedback

Sep 04 2017

When I started, we had eight games left, and I thought at that time everything goes down to the last game. Nothing has changed. We're basically in the same situation as we were in March.feedback

Sep 04 2017

He can't get frustrated by it, and if he's a little wiser about it, maybe it will help create some advantages for us as well. Find the next play in the right spots of the field to draw fouls and maybe we get a penalty or a free kick that is dangerous. … We've talked to him. We'll find out tomorrow if it's gotten any better.feedback

Sep 04 2017

We had players who played in June and we didn't see them again until September. That's a big gap, and maybe in retrospect you don't even use them. Maybe you stick with the guys you had in the Gold Cup. To get a real feel for where [the Europe-based players] are physically is challenging.feedback

Sep 04 2017

There is a big difference at this time of the year for the European players. They're not that fit yet and they are not used to these conditions. So you'd have to think, if they are going to play in one of these two games, it's going to be in the first game. Common sense would tell you that, and there are exceptions to the rule.feedback

Aug 31 2017

All of the players that are on our roster for this competition have been with us this year. So I think it makes it easy for us to transition the team into these two games. One of the reasons Tim Chandler isn't here is he hasn't been with us in 2017. He's a very good player.feedback

Aug 11 2017

It's a good move. It's not perfect because the year's a little short, but the world doesn't revolve around me or the national team. You've got to do what's best for you. Ben Olsen will do a good job with him.feedback

Jul 27 2017

It was a big step that he took tonight.feedback

Jul 27 2017

I didn't like the mistake on the corner kick, but to hang in there and play well and get the goal that made the difference in the game is encouraging. … Those kinds of moments are important for a player. That's a big step he took tonight.feedback

Jul 27 2017

It was an incredible opportunity, to use the Gold Cup to see where we are as a program.feedback

Jul 27 2017

If you asked me in November this is where we would be with the program, I would probably say, I don't think so.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - World Cup

We have a very good understanding of our player pool at this point, which is a real positive coming out of this tournament. We're well-positioned to understand what we need to do in September and October in order to qualify for the World Cup.feedback

Jul 25 2017

You make one change and you're concerned about it, let alone 11. So every game we played, you are never quite certain what you are going to get, but overall we thought the plan would work.feedback

Jul 25 2017

We want to win a trophy. Four months ago, we were rebuilding our program, a program that was in desperate shape.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Mexico

We know it's going to be a very difficult game. Jamaica is a very well-organized team, probably conceded the fewest goals of any team in the tournament. They are going to make the game very difficult for us and we know that.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Mexico

I could care less who we are playing in the final. We want to win a trophy. We could be playing against your team in Fairfax, Virginia, for all I care. They are a different type of Jamaican team (than) we have seen in the past. They have a lot of discipline, they are very strong defensively and are hard to play against. That to me is not what you typically see out of a Jamaican team.feedback

Jul 22 2017

Last time we met Costa Rica beat us decisively so we know we need to be well prepared and we need to play well. They are a very good team, with a very good defensive record. All things indicate it will be a low-scoring game. Certainly the U.S. would do very well to get an early goal, or to get the first goal in the game. At the most there are only two games remaining in this tournament so now it doesn't matter if somebody's tired. I do think we have an advantage where we should be fresher than a lot of the teams that remain. Whether that is a factor or not remains to be seen.feedback

Jul 22 2017

I think, to their credit, they have a set way they play regardless of the players that are not available. Well known, their back three or back five, however you want to describe it. The attack, with this team, is highlighted with Ruiz, obviously a very good player. [Urena] has done well as a striker. The back line is strong with Gonzalez, (Johnny) Acosta and Waston. Experienced players in the midfield, so overall a real good team.feedback

Jul 22 2017

We saw a team in El Salvador on Wednesday that basically played the same players and had a lot of energy, so I don't know if this is an advantage or not.feedback

Jul 22 2017

If there's any issue in our team it's that we just haven't played together, and that's kind of by design. We can't be real concerned about that, but I think at this stage in the tournament we can go with a lineup that's a little bit more familiar to our team and to people outside the team.feedback

Jul 20 2017

It took us really 30 minutes to play a little bit, and then we got a little bit more assertive and capitalized on a couple of their mistakes. But just a sloppy game overall.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I thought we had a difficult time tonight. Our timing wasn't good. We didn't deal well with the physicality. The game had no rhythm with all the fouls and players falling on the group, but we weren't good on top of it.feedback

Jul 20 2017

There's a history of that in our sport.feedback

Jul 20 2017

I can't fault the referee. Those things are not easy to see on the field.feedback

Jul 20 2017

Our timing wasn't good. We didn't deal well with the physicality. The game had no rhythm with all the fouls and players falling on the ground, but we weren't good on top of it. So it took us, really it took us 30 minutes to play a little bit, and then we got a little bit more assertive in different positions on the field and capitalized on a couple of their mistakes.feedback

Jul 19 2017

There should've been players sent off.feedback

Jul 19 2017

Not really. Big difference from taking penalties in practice and taking them in a game. Every player that will take a penalty for us is capable of making it. How they deal with the pressure at the moment is another thing. We've taken penalties. We did that today [Tuesday]. We're going to put our best players up there, if that's the case, and see how they do.feedback

Jul 19 2017

He's got the makeup of a center back, for sure. He's gotten better in terms of his passing, he's a pretty good communicator on the field and I think Chelsea's doing a good job with him, moving him to different clubs to get experience.feedback

Jul 19 2017

Matt Miazga has a great future. It's the first time I've worked with him. I saw him some years ago playing with the New York Red Bulls. I think he trained pretty well this past week. I'm hopeful of getting him games during the Gold Cup but he continues to grow physically.feedback

Jul 08 2017

We didn't play well on the day. We didn't deal well with their pressure, especially in the midfield.feedback

Jul 06 2017

This is going to be a critical game for us against one of the toughest opponents in CONCACAF. Red Bull Arena is among the finest soccer facilities in the country, and we look forward to having outstanding support.feedback

Jul 01 2017

Players in their situation don't have a lot of opportunities, so this is probably their best opportunity to show something. Clearly, they understand the fact that this competition, not only tomorrow but the Gold Cup, is going to be important for them.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - World Cup

The objective here is really pretty short-term. I don't think anybody's going to be really happy if we don't qualify for the World Cup and I discover players for the future.feedback

Jul 01 2017

In my opinion, there are a lot.feedback

Jun 25 2017

It's a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well. It will be a competitive camp. They're going to be highlight motivated and they have an opportunity to make a statement.feedback

Jun 25 2017

I will wait and see how the tournament develops.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

That's essentially what I've always done with my teams. We don't get real hung up in formations, so when we play 4-4-2 it might be a 4-4-2, but at times it looks different depending on the characteristics of the players, and the kind of game you're playing. The score of the game. Your opponent. It's constantly changing. Nobody is losing a game because they're playing the wrong formation. They're losing because they're not playing well as a team.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

I think it's because I think a lot of people really don't really understand the game. And they think it's all about your formation. There are 11 players on the field, regardless of the formation you play and the starting point. And it's how those player work together on the field. People get all caught up in formations and everything else.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

Mexico does an unbelievable job in their spacing. They play players on both (touch lines) so they stretch you out and like to open you up and attack the gaps between your back line if you're playing a back four, and we protected all those spaces. We call the system a 3-4-3 to a 5-2-2-1, or whatever you want to call it. But somehow, if we can add up to 10, that's what it is.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

How'd we play the game against Honduras (in March)? What was our formation. It was a 4-1-3-2, in our view, that's our starting point, but how it looks during the game is different. That was what our formation was on a piece of paper. We didn't get overwhelmed by the fact that maybe it looks a little different in the game.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

(Clint) Dempsey comes underneath. (Christian) Pulisic goes high. We're playing a formation that takes into account the skills of the player you have. And sometimes it's fluid and it constantly changes.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

I had a very good talk with a coach in Germany. I'm not going to tell you his name, but clearly one of the better coaches, and he said basically the same thing.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Mexico

I was pretty confident we could implement that (system). We have very good center backs. That's a key to that system. We worked real hard preparing the team to do it.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - World Cup

They need a break. They have three weeks off, and asking them to come in for Gold Cup makes no sense. It would take three weeks to get them ready.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Mexico

I think the competition for the first three spots in CONCACAF is going to go down to the last game.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Mexico

I thought we had a good game. I think we played well. Mexico is certainly a very good team and even a better team at home. But our team really did an excellent job with our tactical plan. Certainly some fatigue came in at the end of the game, but I thought our players played very well.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Mexico

Certainly Mexico has a big advantage at this point, and the second and third places and fourth as well is going to be very challenging right to the end. But I feel very good about where we are. We've made up some lost ground, so I feel good about that.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Mexico

I haven't spent a whole lot of time examining what happened in the past. In a lot of ways that's not my business. I've tried to provide the environment that I think is right for a national team program, when I started with the team in January. That's all I can say. I'm just doing things the way I do things. They maybe don't have enough experience in that formation. I was pretty confident we could implement that.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Mexico

I can't comment on the things that went on the past, but I can say that the players have responded very well. We're really becoming a team.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Mexico

We were certainly positioned to get three points. We were close. I'm proud of the result. I'm a little greedy. I would've liked three points.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Mexico

I feel good about where we are. We've made up some lost ground.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Mexico

I'm ashamed that there's perhaps some discord on the political side, but believe me, I think most American appreciate the Mexicans that have come to America to make a better future for themselves and their families, and the way they've contributed.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Mexico

I think we have the greatest respect for Mexico, its people, its football team. I live in Los Angeles. I've experienced on a daily basis people of Mexican heritage. They're wonderful people. They contribute greatly to our society in many ways. We think the world of them.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Mexico

This is a great rivalry, and if we can play a great game tomorrow, with great sportsmanship and respect for each other, I think it'd be fantastic.feedback

Jun 10 2017

I think hes is an exceptional player. I tell him all the time that he has to be a little more selfish and you saw tonight when the opportunities were there, he's exceptional. Part of our plan was to give him opportunities one-on-one and I think he's a very talented kid. He's just beginning to get experience at this level.feedback

Jun 09 2017

He's having fun. He's a natural for the game. He sees the game very well. He wants to be on the field. However, my job is to do what I think is right for the team, to position us to win a game. I understand that. He's a very competitive guy. We talked about it. He's OK. He's got a real competitive edge to him.feedback

Jun 09 2017

We're just getting a feel for each other. If Sunil had hired me much earlier, I would have had a little bit more time with this team.feedback

Jun 09 2017

He's a big boy now. And to be honest with you, we're not playing in an age-group competition. No one cares how old you are, anything like that. He's got to deal with it. And he's been fine.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I was frustrated. I think we were frustrated.feedback

Jun 08 2017

Because we got three points tonight, We can go there a little bit relaxed and try to have a good tactical approach to the game and try to come out of there with at least a point.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Mexico

A typical club team doesn't have the depth that a national team program should have, so I think, whatever the circumstances may be in terms of getting us ready to play the second game, I think we've got solutions.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Mexico

We firmly believe that we have to win the game. I could care less about Mexico until the final whistle blows on Thursday night.feedback

May 29 2017

As of now it's Tim Howard. He had two good games (in March) and we'll have to see how these guys look over the next couple of weeks. We have good goalkeepers here so that's the least of my worries.feedback

May 08 2017

Horvath produced some fine saves, which wasn't all that easy after that 'free kick.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Mexico

Salt Lake City has always been a fantastic host for the national team. When you combine the elements of the fan support, the stadium and the altitude, it's a perfect match as we prepare for the critical World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - World Cup

In 1994, the U.S. was looked at as this emerging frontier in the game and FIFA wanted to bring the U.S. into the world's game. In 2026, we're going to be fully emerged into the game and a big player. I think 2026 will be the time where we are going to start talking about winning the World Cup. It wasn't going to be in 1994. It wasn't going to be in 2010. But 2026 could be our time. The word from their medical staff is that he hasn't responded that well. That's a concern. We're going to be checking his progress each week to see if he's a possibility to be part of the next camp.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - World Cup

If we are in a desperate situation [in World Cup qualifying], we may need to go with the team we somewhat will need in September [qualifiers]. If we come out of these games in good shape, we'll have a little bit more flexibility to look at some new players. My preference is to have some new faces in the Gold Cup.feedback

Apr 13 2017

We're one of the [2026] host countries, which is an advantage, and think about where we are going to be in nine more years. Think about where we were in 1994, 98, 2000, keep going. And think about where we will be with even nine more years in our league, nine more years of players developing around the world and then playing the World Cup in our country. I think we're going to be positioned to be a big player by 2026.feedback

Apr 13 2017

Christian is going to play with us.feedback

Apr 10 2017

We're not chasing around 18-year-old players that can't get games for their club team and tell me they want to play for Italy.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - World Cup

In a World Cup Qualifying campaign, winning games at home is critical. In all ways, Colorado provides a great environment for our team. We are at an important stage of the campaign, and we look forward to the great support.feedback

Mar 29 2017

Christian is just a natural. The game's easy for him. He's got exceptional skill, vision. He's pretty smooth.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - World Cup

He plays in a big league with a big club team in big competition. Probably in club play your players are a little more protected than they are in World Cup qualifying. It's all part of the learning curve. Next time around it will be better for him.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Mexico

We made progress. Every game is going to be critical. Every team is in there. Mexico has a jump on everyone. It's going to be a battle for the second, third and fourth spots.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I've been very encouraged, by what I've seen over the last 10 days.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I think Panama thought there was a bull's-eye on his back, and they went after him from minute 1 all the way through. He has to learn that, that if the referee is not going protect him he's got to deal with it, and I think he did well.feedback

Mar 29 2017

We made a lot of progress and somehow managed to get through an unusual amount of injuries.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - World Cup

We are not overconfident. We know we're playing against a very good opponent, and realize every time you play a World Cup qualifying game on the road in qualifying it will be a very difficult match.feedback

Mar 26 2017

What do I make of (Dempsey's) performance? I think it was exceptional, damn good.feedback

Mar 15 2017

And DaMarcus you know you can always put in at any time. He's experienced, he's got the right attitude, he understands the group. If it comes to crunch time, we can always put DaMarcus on the field.feedback

Mar 15 2017

I think we're going to play him where he plays for his club team. It only makes sense to me. He's played a number of games for Gladbach on the left side of midfield, and I think that's his natural position where he feels most comfortable and that's where we're going to position him. I think Bobby Wood is in great form right now, and you have to think he's going to be there. Jozy and Jordan give us other options as well, and Clint – depending on how we align ourselves – can be a second forward or he can play underneath the striker in the midfield as well. I think we have good options up top.feedback

Mar 15 2017

That's a position that I think the national team has been lacking in. Fabian Johnson has been placed in that role over the last couple of years, and I believe he's best suited in the midfield. We have a young, talented left back in Jorge Villafana who showed very well in January, and we've watched him in some Mexican cup matches. He's playing well.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Tim's track record demonstrates the fact that, if healthy, you think he needs to be in the squad. We'll see in the week in training in San Jose. If he's in good form, he's feeling right, there's no reason to believe he's not going to play.feedback

Mar 15 2017

He's a player I believe in one of these two matches can step on the field in the last 15-20 minutes and help us get a goal. There's not a game he doesn't think he can't score a goal in, or set up a goal. We need that kind of confidence and leadership inside our team. So Clint's going to be with us.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I think it's a real simple approach: win the game. We're going to do whatever we need to do to win. It's important to get three points in that game because obviously you know where we stand in the Hex right now. We'll have our players ready to go. We've got to go out, be aggressive and get some goals.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I'm very supportive of that policy. I think players should stand for the national anthem. I think representing your country is one of the greatest honors a player or coach can have. That would be my expectations of the players as well.feedback

Mar 07 2017

I'm aware of the fact that [Howard] trained pretty hard yesterday. So I think when you come back from those kind of injuries, you always have some kind of minor little setback. You get a strain or a little bit of fatigue ... I think that's normal.feedback

Mar 07 2017

We'd like to have them all. But the reality of the situation is that's not likely.feedback

Mar 07 2017

[Cameron] is a little sore, naturally. It was his first game in a long time, so we'll just follow him through the week.feedback

Mar 07 2017

I think it's great that [Dempsey] is back and playing again. I think we need to be smart and evaluate where he's at over the next two weekends. Again, I think in his case, we need to be very cautious.feedback

Feb 05 2017

Ghana is certainly a team that brings different challenges, and it's the type of competition we need as we continue to develop our program. Winning the Gold Cup is one of our priorities in 2017, so this is an important opportunity. We've always had great support in Hartford, and look forward to more of the same this summer.feedback

Nov 30 2016 - World Cup

We're going to have a lot of pressure on us. We're not only expected to qualify for the World Cup, we're also expected to be successful in group play and to get into the round of 16 and then hopefully the quarterfinals.feedback

Nov 30 2016

Our fan base is way ahead of what it was when I started in '98 and ended in 2006. And now, with the obvious emergence of social media, it's 24 hours a day. So we're going to have a lot of pressure on us, and that's all part of it. That's what we sign up for. So we look forward to the challenge.feedback

Nov 30 2016

There's a lot of players entering their prime, which in our sport is about 28, 29 years old. We're not too old and we're not too young. So there shouldn't be any excuses. We have enough experience and enough quality to be successful in qualifying.feedback

Nov 30 2016

They've got to be convinced the way we're going to play is the right way, and they've got to be convinced to play for each other. The bottom line is we have to be a better team than we've been in the first two games of this competition. So the concept of team and putting that ahead of everything else is going to be critical.feedback

Nov 30 2016

I think you'll see changes – I think changes everywhere, not radical, but our mentality will be different, our approach will be different and, hopefully, the results will be different.feedback

Nov 30 2016

The American player is generally a good player. What we lack is the real elite player that some of the other countries have. But we have a good, solid base of players, and I'm confident they can play against anyone in the world.feedback

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