The U.S. National team expressed their frustration after a flat performance against Brazil.
“You can do the right preparation, but you don’t know things will go your way,” he said in his postgame press conference. “We started out nervous and tentative, and you can’t do that against
From the opening kick,
The performance for the
“Frustration,” the Fulham player said. “We gave up some silly fouls. We conceded two early goals. What can you say? You dig yourself a hole and it’s hard to get out.”
Striker Jozy Altidore was often left stranded up top, struggling to find any space against
“I don’t know what it was today,” he said. “We all, as a whole, didn’t come here to play. We knew what the game was, we knew it was a must-win game, and the guys came out flat. When you come out flat against these guys, that’s what happens.”
“We weren’t helped by taking red cards and being a man down. It’s always going to difficult to come back against
“I don’t know, it’s hard to explain,” Landon Donovan added. “You can’t gift goals early to teams like that. It’s hard enough to play them 0-0. Then to play them 1-0, then 2-0, then a man down. It’s tougher.”
Following Monday’s loss to
“We would’ve had to play two perfect games to get results out of these two games,” Donovan said. “We didn’t do that. It was always going to be difficult.
Are there any positives to take from this tournament? That is the question many fans and pundits will be asking over the next few weeks ahead of next month’s Gold Cup and then the next World Cup qualifier, against
“We still have half the qualifying round to go,” said goalkeeper Tim Howard. “Look, we played against two of the best teams in the world. It didn’t work out for us, but we feel like we can come out on top in CONCACAF. It’s just about application.”
Greg Lalas, Goal.com