Bob Bradley, back on his home turf in Princeton, N.J., spoke to the press for about 20 minutes after the first day of practice for his 30-man team. He spoke on a variety of topics, including Charlie Davies, the much-hyped match against England and the state of the team. Here are some interesting sound bytes:
On what he told his players on the first day:
"We always talk about the honor of coming into a national team camp ... They should all be excited and all be proud and ready to get to work."
On paring down 30 players to 23 before June:
"You have a plan in your head, but then you have to adjust at some point. The idea would be that by the time we get to Philadelphia (May 29), we have made our decisions and we have our 23."
On Oguchi Onyewu's health:
"He was named in the 23 [roster] last week in Milan ... He's put himself in contention at the end of the year there and feeling good coming out of regular training sessions, so I think we're confident."
On the first game against England (reporter asked if it can be seen as "kind of a grudge match"):
"The first game of the World Cup is not about grudge matches at that point. It's about getting off to a good start. You've got three games in first round and you've got to get off to a good start and use that to push through the first round ... Everyone was excited about the fact that it would bring such attention to the game. There's great storylines, so it's something we're pretty excited about."
On not getting caught up in the hype of the England game:
"We talk often about the whole first round and the understanding as you go through those three games that it's rare that it's just going to fall perfectly into place. Normally there's a moment there where you've got to regroup, something didn't quite go well and you've got to adjust."
On Charlie Davies' exclusion from the camp:
"We talked throughout the process with their coaches, we new exactly what he looked like in training, I saw video of training. We put it all together and recognized that Charlie has put, up until now -- and will need to continue to put -- a tremendous amount of work into his rehab. We're all supporting him."
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