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USA-Scotland (0-0): Reaction
May 30th, 1998 12AM
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The following is reaction after the 0-0 tie between the United States and Scotland today May 30 in Washington, D.C. USA 0 Scotland 0. USA -- Keller, Pope, Dooley, Burns, Deering, Regis, Moore (Agoos, 69), Jones, Stewart (Lalas, 82), Ramos (Radosaljevic, 56), Wegerle (Wynalda, 52). Scotland -- Leighton, Boyd, Calderwood, Hendry, T.McKinlay (McNamara, 60), Dailly, Collins, Lambert, B.McKinlay, Jackson, Gallacher. Yellow cards: USA -- Radosavlejiv 64, Burns 69; Scotland -- Calderwood 25, Boyd 64. Referee: Ramos (Mexico). Att.: 46,037.

Steve Sampson:

General comments on the game: I'm disappointed in the tie. The first half we played well and created chances. The second half both teams were overcome by the heat (88 degrees) and it made for a less than entertaining match. On the play of the team's attacking midfielders: We lacked penetration behind the defenders with out two attacking midfielders. The heat had a lot to do with this. On calling in D.C. United forward Roy Lassiter to the World Cup team: No. I will not be calling in Roy Lassiter. The 22 is how you see it. On the team's ability (or lack of) to score goals: We have created dozens, dozens and dozens of good scoring opportunities in our last few games. Individuals must be more composed and precise, especially in front of the goal. On Eric Wynalda's play: Eric is constantly putting himself into position to score goals, but he still has a ways to go. On Claudio Reyna and Brian Maisonneuve scratched from the lineup due to injuries: During warmup the injuries were too aggravated and both players felt they weren't quite 100 percent. It's important that we didn't incur any injury going into France. Health is the main concern for us. The lineup that we had today gave others the chance to play. It will help us with our depth as we head to France. On Reyna not playing recently due to minor injuries: I'm not concerned about Claudio. He's always dreamed about playing in a World Cup. His greatest single focus right now is on playing Germany. He'll be ready to go. On Chad Deering's play: Deering was very comfortable on the ball. His ability to get out of tight situations was exceptional. I'm very happy with him. On David Regis moving to midfield: Regis found out he was playing in the midfield just 10 minutes prior to the game. Considering that, I thought he did well.

Eric Wynalda:

On earning his 100th cap with the United States National Team: It's just another game, and that's all I have to say about it. General comments on the team's play: We're on track for a good showing in France. We're all confident with the 3-6-1 formation, since most of us have played it before and it plays to our strengths. On his health and fitness: Right now, my performance is just a matter of sharpness. If Steve says I have a way to go, then that's his judgement. It was just nine short weeks ago that I was injured in the shootout in San Jose. On his overall play: When we are in France, playing at night, I'll be able to go 90 minutes ... there's no doubt in my mind. I had a great chance today, and it just barely missed. Next time, I have one of those, hopefully I'll convert.

Tab Ramos:

On his health and fitness: I could've gone the full 90 without the heat. The weather the last two games have really prevented me from fully testing my knee in match conditions.

Claudio Reyna:

On today's groin injury: During warmups I became worried that I would pull the groin even more. I just want to make sure that its a 100 percent for Germany, which shouldn't be a concern after today.

Scotland coach Craig Brown:

On today's performance: I was a bit disappointed with our performance in the first half. The intense heat took us by surprise. It took us a while to adjust. On the United States' 3-6-1 formation: It's a quite sophisticated midfield. It's not just six midfielders, but more of a 3-3-1 with a second line of three middies that suits (Sampson's) personnel. On the United States outlook: The U.S. is going to be extremely difficult to beat, as we found out. I fully expect the U.S. to advance from its group. Clearly, they're one of the top sides in the world now. I keep telling people that 162 countries tried to qualify for the World Cup, and the U.S. was one of 31 that succeeded. In my lifetime, the U.S. will win the World Cup.

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