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Mixed Feelings From Donovan
FIFA.com, June 29th, 2009 3:46PM

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After taking a 2-0 lead before halftime, the USA watched an inspired Brazil roar back in the second half to score three goals and win the Confederations Cup, 3-2 FIFA.com spoke to Landon Donovan, who scored the USA's second goal on a swift counterattack, about the game and what it means for the national team.

Donovan on his feelings after the loss: "We're disappointed. At the end of the day there's a reason why Brazil is consistently considered one of the best teams in the world. But in the situation we were in, up 2-0 at the half, we felt that we should have been able to kill off the game. We can't be happy with having gone this far. If we want to get better we have to demand more of ourselves."

Donovan on what changed in the second half: "The first goal right after the break killed us. It just took the air completely out of the balloon and after that I have to give them a lot of credit. They just kept coming and coming and putting more and more pressure on us. They took their chances and put a lot of bodies into the attack."

Donovan on what the first-ever appearance in a major world final means for soccer in America: "Well, we've done better than we've ever done before at a competition like this, so I think we can all walk out of here with our heads held high. However, it's not good enough. Again, when you're up 2-0 in a final you need to be able to grab hold and make the game yours. So it's disappointing at the same time."

 

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