[REACTION] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann at several points called the USA's match against Belgium "an
interesting game." Despite the fact the USA was outshot, 13-6, several players said the USA was unfortunate not to get an equalizer when Maurice Edu's goal was
called off. For reaction from Klinsmann and his players ...
U.S. coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On the match:
"I think it was an interesting game for both sides. You saw in the first 25 minutes we had good passing movement and we were really involved in the game. The Belgian side with their individual class, created some good chances before halftime. In the second half, the reaction was very positive after conceding the goal. We kept moving forward and we kept creating chances. We take a lot away from this game. Overall some very, very good points and an interesting game I think for everybody."
On the impact of young players:
"I think we have some very interesting youngsters coming through the ranks. Brek Shea is definitely one of them. He's full of energy, he's creative, and he’s fast and has a good physical presence. He's one of the kids we are going to build over the next cycle. He's eligible to play for the Olympic team, and so are others as well, like Juan Agudelo. You see their talent and what we try to do is build them one step at a time. It's good to see guys like Brek come over here and play against a strong side. We've told the young players it's now their time to challenge the established ones. That's the message they've got and they have three years to do that."
On substitutes and the second half:
“At halftime our problems weren't too difficult to read. We had problems with [Axel] Witsel and [Marouane] Fellaini passing too many balls through the middle because Maurice Edu was our only player in that position. Bringing Kyle Beckerman in helped Maurice out in that way and we were far more solid. They created far less chances in the second half. Step by step, we pushed it forward. The goal came at a moment when we thought we had the feeling we were going to get more out of the game.”
U.S. midfielder CLINT DEMPSEY
On the match:
“We played some good soccer at times. We responded well after the goal and we were always looking like we were going to get the next one to equalize. We were unlucky not to end the game 1-1 and I don't know why [Maurice Edu's] goal was called back. We have to keep moving forward, keep working on things. It's my first game with the new coach and I'm looking forward to getting more time in training to work with him so I can help the team more.”
On the team's mentality during the game:
“We were confident and we wanted the ball. We're away from home, in Europe, and I think that's a step in the right direction. Even though we maybe didn't create a lot of chances in the first half we linked a lot of passes together. It's about fine tuning things and maybe being a bit greedier in the final third to take responsibility and create a bit more. Second half we did that but we still didn't get the result we wanted.”
U.S. goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the match:
“It was a tough game. We knew coming in how talented Belgium was and they were coming off a draw in qualifying that they probably thought they should have won. We knew they were going to come out at home with a performance. Difficult game of course and conditions weren't great, but it was nothing we didn't expect. It was OK, in spots, and in a big game in Europe you're going to have your back against the wall. For the most part I thought we were somewhat resilient.”
U.S. midfielder BREK SHEA
On the game against Belgium:
“In the second half, we moved the ball well and it was unfortunate to lose the goal like that. We had good chances and possession. We created a lot and played pretty well. We didn't get the win but it shows we're progressing in each game.”
On his experience in the national team camp:
“I'm having a really good time playing with Klinsmann. Being around the guys is a lot of fun and I'm learning a lot. Hopefully, I can continue to be called in. Each time I play I get more and more comfortable.”