Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gold Cup victory best prepares MNT for World Cup qualifiers

Concacaf Gold Cup 2017 Final: USA 2-1 Jamaica

MNT wins its 6th Gold Cup and can now look forward to resume the World Cup qualifiers full of confidence. 

Bruce Arena comments on the experience: 

“If you asked me in November this is where we’d be with the program, I’d probably say, ‘I don’t think so. For me personally, it’s certainly feels good, but I think for the players that are working real hard to represent the United States and get our National Team program better, it’s a lot of credit to them.”

Our players have done simply an outstanding job from the first day I’ve taken this position. Our older players are unbelievable. The passion they have for this program, from our oldest player Tim Howard, to our captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, who is going to do whatever necessary for this team to be successful.

We’ve made progress, but we have a long way to go. We have to have the tone set the right way if we’re going to get through these next four World Cup Qualifying games. We’re making progress, we have to, but I still think we’re behind the eight ball so we have to be successful in September and October and we have a group of guys that are motivated to do that.”

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