[USA-BIH: Reaction] Jozy Altidore, whose hat trick gave him a national team record for goals in five straight games, said he and his teammates did not get down after trailing Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2-0, at the half. After the first U.S. goal, he said everyone was brimming with confidence and he was just happy he could play a part in the 4-3 comeback win.
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore:
On going down two goals and how the team
"I think Jurgen has always said even if we go down a goal to keep responding. This time we went down two goals so it was a challenge for us. But I think you saw in the game we
were never outplayed. It was just a matter of ironing out the mental errors, which we did, and we created a lot of chances."
On setting up Eddie
"I made a run and Michael [Bradley] picked me out. Eddie [Johnson], like a good striker,
was around there and I touched it back for him and he got us on the board. From there, the guys were brimming with confidence and you saw that. I'm happy I could play a part in this good victory."
On the two free kicks he took, including his goal:
"I've been training the past couple of years and I'm not saying I'm Ronaldinho but I felt like I had it in me tonight. The first one I thought I hit decent, but it was a little close for me. The second one I got right. I was thinking
just get it up and over and I'm happy I could score there."
On Aron Johannsson's debut for the U.S. Men's National Team and his impact on the
"I'm not surprised at all. Aron, over the past six months I was with him at AZ, you saw in training his ability to see passes and score goals and beat people so effortlessly. He's
such a smart player and I'm so happy he chose the U.S. I think he'll be an asset going forward and I think he'll help us a lot."
On the 12-game winning
"It's exciting and I think it shows how far the program has come. At the same time, we understand we still have to raise the bar. We can't afford to make mistakes [like the ones
tonight] because in group stages of the World Cup you can't come back from them. We have to learn to iron those out but we take the positives from tonight and move forward with our head held high."
On the depth of the team moving towards next month's crucial World Cup Qualifiers:
"Everybody has confidence and tonight shows the depth we
have in this team. Guys can step in at any time and put in a good performance. It makes us all better and demands the best out of each other. I think for the qualifiers we will look good."
U.S. defender John Brooks:
On his debut for the national team against Bosnia-Herzegovina:
“I’m really happy about the win against Bosnia. The team played really well and I think it’s a nice experience for me too. It’s always good when you can start your debut with a
win. I’ve had a nice experience and I’ll bring stuff from here to my club.”
U.S. forward Aron Johannsson:
On his debut for the national team:
“It was very nice, very exciting. I was anxious the whole game to come in and show what I can do. I came in and I
think I had a good influence on the game. Maybe I should have scored one goal but hopefully that comes the next game.”
On playing with Altidore,
his former club teammate Jozy, and his performance:
“It was nice for him to come out here and score three goals. He was training free kicks yesterday and I was telling him
there’s no chance he was going to come out here and score another one. But he came out, scored an incredible free kick and with three goals he’s clearly man of the match.”
On his first week with the national team:
“It’s been something special to come here and meet the guys. I’m the new guy in the group
so I have to talk to the guys, be friendly and make friends.”
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard:
“What a win. It was a tale of two halves. We didn’t play well the first half and the second half we were awesome. We deserved the win.”
On his save in the second half:
“It was just reaction really. I’m very fortunate when those come off because they look great but it was just the
right place at the right time.”