FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few post-game quotes from Bob Bradley after the U.S. fell to Spain, 4-0, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
General thoughts on the game:
"First off, Spain’s a great team and it’s a tough test to play them anytime and probably an even tougher test to play them right on the eve of the Gold Cup. We’ve chosen, always, to take these kind of challenges and play the best teams because we feel along the way, it’s the best way for us to see what the game at the highest level is all about"
On juggling a lineup for today:
"The trick on a day like today is trying to figure out who are the guys you think, potentially, can go 90 minutes and how to have enough of them on the field at the beginning so you have some options and have everybody ready to go."
On who impressed him of the team's younger guys:
"These are good games for Timmy Ream. When you play against the top teams, because they’re so creative and mobile – if youre a center back, they play in the spaces in front of you and if you lean a bit, they find ways to get behind you ... With Tim, he’s trying to make the right pass out of the back. He got tested today at a different level and these are the lessons that we think help players"
On Landon Donovan's absence:
"He started showing signs [of illness] late yesterday. Today, just a little weak and hopefully this is a 24-hour thing and he’ll be ready to go"
On struggling offensively in the first half:
"As good as Spain is with the ball, they also pressure you quickly. You have players that maybe are accustomed to having just a little more time to release a pass or get into a spot where they can receive a pass, and all of a sudden today, the windows are smaller and they close down faster, so getting out of these tight spots is a little more difficult."
On the looming match against Canada:
"[Canada] comes into the Gold Cup feeling confident. They’ve had some good results in the last six months, so we understand that the first game of any tournament is always a tough one and we expect a tough game against a good rival"
On comparing the Confederations Cup win with today's loss:
"You can’t compare this to two years ago. This is a friendly where we’re starting the Gold Cup in three days ... There’s not much you can really compare."
On the exclusion of Freddy Adu:
"When we put together this roster, we felt that this was a time for us to reassess where Freddy is in all this. He didn't get put on the roster, in all honestly, with the expectation he was ready to come in and play a big role ... He’s matured in different ways and over the course of this period of time, hopefully there will be some new opportunities for him"
On Juan Agudelo:
I really like the fact that Juan wants the ball. He goes into real spots and wants the ball. Now, he’s confident in those spots. Today, because you’re playing against some very good defenders, the team closes things down faster."
On Chris Wondolowski:
"He’s played one game with the national team in January in Chile and all of a sudden, he’s playing against the world champions. He has a knack for finding some good spots on the field. Every MLS game I watch him in, he gets good chances."