MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, September 7, 2011
With new coach Jürgen Klinsmann still searching for his first win in US colors after the loss to Belgium, midfielder Clint Dempsey preferred to focus on the positive aspects of the team's performance.
"In a sense not winning [was disappointing] since you always want to win games," the Texan said after the game in Brussels. "We did play some good soccer at times and I thought that in the first 20 minutes we played really well."
"I thought we responded well after the goal and it always looked like we were going to get the next one, the equalizer. I think we were unlucky not to end the game 1-1."
The Fulham man was unlucky not to score in the early stages of the game after Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet was unable to hold onto his free kick, although it was Maurice Edu who was denied the equalizer after he headed the ball past Mignolet only to have the referee award a free kick to the Belgians after claiming that Clarence Goodson had handled it.
"We were confident and wanted the ball. We were away from home in Europe and I think its a step in the right direction, wanting to get on the ball, trying to make things happen. Even though we maybe didn't create a lot of chances in the first half we linked a lot of passes together."
"We need fine tuning; maybe to get a little more nasty, greed is a better word, in the final third to try to create a little bit more and get more chances. In the second half we did that but we still didn't get the result that we wanted. I guess we were unlucky not to get the goal that Mo scored."
Overall the American #8 put things into perspective and feels that the US team is moving in the right direction.
"We've just got to keep moving forward, keep working on some things."
"This was my first game with the new coach. I just look forward to getting more time to work and train with him, and try to learn whatever role he wants me to play in a little bit better so I can help the team more."
Dempsey will next be in action this weekend when Fulham travels to Blackburn Rovers in English Premiership play.