SOCCER AMERICA: What was the atmosphere like compared to the Guatemala game in August and other road matches the USA has played in World Cup qualifying?
CLINT DEMPSEY: It was more chill. Obviously, they were rooting for Cuba, but it wasn't as if they were hating us and wanted us to lose.
SA: The Cuban fans cheered your names when they were announced. Have you ever been cheered by an away crowd?
CD: No. That was definitely a positive experience. It was definitely a surprise. I've never experienced that. Sometimes that doesn't even happen when we're playing at home. I would looked forward to playing here again because it was definitely a positive experience.
SA: How'd your goal come about?
CD: Brian [Ching] did a good job of holding the defender off. Then I just tried to get a good first touch to open myself up to the goal and just hit it hard and low. It was a difficult one for the keeper to save.
SA: You moved into the midfield from the forward line. How'd you like playing in the midfield as opposed to upfront?
CD: It was good. Throughout my career, I've played outside mid, center mid and forward. I just like being in the attacking third. Anytime that I can get a chance and am on the field, I'm happy with that. It was good. I'm definitely working on my fitness a little bit more and try to be a little more sharp. By getting a goal tonight it definitely helped my confidence.