Originally written on 90Soccer  |  Last updated 8/24/14
U.S Men’s National Team Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN On the game: “This was such an entertaining game as your centennial game. This is cool for the players. It’s a special game, playing one of the top teams in the world and adding a sellout here at RFK, and we celebrated that the right way. We saw a lot of good things out there. We saw some not good things at the end with conceding the last goals, but over all a good performance. Having a player like Clint Dempsey on your team is a privilege, and if I look back I think this is one of the best players in U.S. history. He performs at almost every game on a very, very high level. Compliments to him and the entire team. As you felt, it was hot and not easy to keep the tempo. It was a well-deserved win.” On how this game helped the team’s preparation for World Cup qualifying: “I think it obviously helps when you have these games with a team that can play a high tempo. It forces you to always go both ways. You have to be good defensively and at the same time you want to create chances, and there is so much that we know we have to still improve but looking toward the qualifiers it think it helps the players to see that they can go to that tempo. That’s why I didn’t want them to stop too early and make substitutions. I want them to go through a little pain when you get tired and you hit the wall and you have to pick it up again. That’s what you face when you go down to Jamaica. They will try everything to interrupt your game, and I think now they adjust to that grind. It’s important to play opponents like Belgium, like Germany. Teams of this caliber can only help us to get to the next level. On what makes Clint Dempsey a special player: “The important parts of Clint’s game right now is having all the tools a player needs to play at the highest level.  What is most important is the drive he has, the hunger. You know he’s not satisfied with two goals today against Germany. He always looks for the next game. He’s always asking what’s next for me. This is one of the reasons why I made him captain, because all the players look at him and see the hunger and they see this drive and they see him get upset or something like that and it’s just really important for our players to get that hunger and drive to push yourself. I think Jozy can learn so much from Clint. They are starting to have some chemistry and they are starting to have an instinct for each other. That comes by time, not overnight. With his game right now, Clint is right with some of the best players in the world, and certainly the top player in the United States. This is important because he sends signals on and off the field; you need someone to send those signals to the opponents.” On the quality of the U.S. attack tonight: “ I think just having two, three days to prepare for the Belgium game was almost impossible. I think today we set the tone from right from the beginning. We pressured them high. We made it very difficult for them to play out of the back, which is what they like to do, and we were right there on their toes. This is what we need to do every game. Every game we need to win battles, and you have to move off the ball and create something. There was a pace and understanding to our game.”   U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match CLINT DEMPSEY On upcoming games: “They’re going to be tough games but we prepared by playing two top teams. We’re going to make sure we get as many points in these next three games as possible and put ourselves in a good position in the table.” On postgame interaction with Eric Wynalda after surpassing him on the Men’s National Team all-time goal scoring list: “He said that he was proud of me, to keep representing the country well and to qualify for the World Cup. It’s good for him to be proud of me because he was a trailblazer for us and hopefully I can keep going. More important is that we take care of business in these World Cup Qualifying games and go on a nice run there. That would be more special to me than how I finish on any list.” On building the 4-1 lead and holding off Germany’s late rally: “We’re happy with the win, but at the same time we expect a lot out of ourselves. We’re not happy with conceding the amount of goals that we’ve conceded in these two games. It needs to be better. Even though we’re playing against top quality, we need to do a better job of protecting our ‘keeper. At the same time, we’re happy with the result in the sense of winning and we take confidence from beating a good team.” On how the win helps the team for the next three important games: “It gives you confidence. Any time you have confidence from a win it puts more wind in your sails. You feel by getting a result against a team like this that you can go down and get the job done in these games in CONCACAF.” http://www.ussoccer.com  

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