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They Said It

A few bonus quotes from the USA-Argentina postgame festivities.....

USA Coach Bob Bradley, on DaMarcus Beasley's return from a serious knee injury: "I thought tonight for DaMarcus was very important. When you are coming back from an injury, sometimes it starts at high and then there's a little bit of a drop. He still has days when his knee is a little bit stiff, but you could tell he was excited about playing against Argentina. He was excited about this type of game, and it showed. He had energy and that was an important thing for him at this time."

Bradley, on Lionel Messi: "It's a different game when Messi comes off the field because he is so unique -- his ability to find spaces, his ability to draw defenders, play little balls, accelerate, get it back, open up holes. Special."

Argentina Coach Alfio Basile: "During the first half, we should have been ahead by two or three goals, but they weren't converted. In the second half, fatigue set in from all these flights, from these two or three days, from the heat, so we tried to take care of some of the players. When you make six subs thing change. It was a completely stunted game. ... In the second half I think it was a mediocre game in a sense, but it was interesting for me because I tested different players, I changed systems and the players can find their way on the field. In some ways, this is worth more than anything."

Bradley, on Freddy Adu's progress: "Freddy is growing. We see everything, so we see the things, the moments, that are special. When Freddy has the ball in the attacking part of the field, he is capable of doing some great things. But we are also making sure that he understands that there is more to the game than that. When he comes into the national team, he understands that when he walks in that door, nothing that has been said about him, written about him, means anything. The only thing that matters now is that he can show the rest of these guys that when the games get very hard, he can help our team be successful. And he understands. ... So you see a young man growing, learning, handles himself a little bit different than he did probably a year ago. And now we just need to keep this going. Some days, it may mean a lot of playing time. We have to see. ... We still know that the progress with Freddy has got to go at the right speed. It cannot be accelerated unless it's earned the right way."

USA goalkeeper and New Jersey native Tim Howard, on the scene at Giants Stadium: "I stood there at the national anthem, a few of us looked at each other and just thought, 'What an amazing place to play, what an atmosphere.' It was special."

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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