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Reaction from U.S. locker room
January 24th, 2010 7AM

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[USA-HONDURAS] U.S. coach Bob Bradley  said the sharpness he looks for from players at the start of the game wasn't there against Honduras on Saturday, and the Americans paid dearly. For more on what Bradley and the U.S. players had to say after the game ...

U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley:
On what he took away from the match:
"The starting point for the game in January is always assessing players. Seeing them in a good game, a tough game, gives you the opportunity to find out what guys are all about. It gives you an indication as to where they might fit in as you move things forward. So we take a lot from it."

On going down a man early in the match:
"I didn't think we had a good start to the game. Maybe some of that was nerves, but the sharpness you want to see at the beginning of games to establish things was not good enough. Obviously, the whole situation where we lose a player on a second yellow card on a play that also gives a [penalty] forces us to chase the game."

U.S. Forward Robbie Findley:
On his performance and making his first start with the national team:
"I would have liked more opportunities on goal but sometimes it can be tough when playing down a man. It felt good [to get the start], I've been working hard the past few years to do all the little things that I need to do to get to this point."

On his approach to the January camp:
"The main thing in my head [coming into this camp] was going in and just working hard and showing everybody what I'm capable of doing. I hoped I'd get the opportunity. Whenever I go into a camp I usually take something away and for sure I took something away from this one."

U.S. Defender Clarence Goodson:
On the game:
"Anytime you go down a man early like that it's tough to get back in the game. It was a red card, a penalty kick and you're down 1-0. It's a lot happening at once and it kind of puts you behind the eight ball. But we still created a lot of chances and I think all the way to the 90th minute you would say we could have scored a couple more goals."

On his goal:
"[Brad] Davis swung in a really good ball similar to the semifinal of the [2009] Gold Cup. I went up and attacked the ball. Clearly the referee thought it was a fair challenge, and so did I."

On the second half:
"Up until their goal [in the 53rd minute] we were really pushing them in the second half. The goal hurt us but we got right back into it. We pushed the game and had plenty of chances. We didn't finish and that's the way the ball rolls sometimes."

U.S. Defender Jonathan Bornstein
On the game against Honduras:
"Obviously, the game didn't go our way. After going a man down and a goal down I thought a lot of guys fought pretty hard to try to get back into the game. Being a man down is always tough but I thought guys showed some heart and character, and we have to learn from this."

On learning from the result:
"Unfortunately, we couldn't get the result we wanted but hopefully the young guys and the guys who have been around a little bit can look back at this game and go forward from there."

On playing with a man down after a red card:
"When you're a man down you have to cover each other even more and fight for the guy next to you. You have to be even sharper so you can get yourself back into the game."

 



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