On player availability, given that this is their fourth game in 10 days:It’s just part of what we have to do right now. For me it’s always a situation of you don’t make a big thing about it. Like if you talk a lot about altitude it gets it’s someone’s head. If we talk a lot about, ‘Man, this is our third game now in six days’ or something, then everybody gets worried about it. We have guys who are fit, guys who can come back, they’re in the rhythm of playing. I’ve said all along I want to put our strongest team on the field when we go to San Salvador, so I didn’t want to burden guys like Montero playing Wednesday, Saturday and then (tonight). But I’m confident that the whole team that started (in San Jose on Saturday) can come back and start again (tonight).
On some of the issues of traveling to Central America to play:A break for us was that Metapan’s stadium didn’t get approved from the lighting standpoint, so we’re playing in San Savador in the national stadium. So hotel-wise we’re good: We’re staying at the same hotel the U.S. national team stays at when they go down there. We know the stadium, and it’s also probably going to be a smaller pro-Metapan crowd than it would have been if we had played at their field. So, those are all positives for us.
On what was learned about Metapan in Game 1:For our guys it was more about learning, hey, they’re going to knock the ball around, they can hold the ball, they’re technically sound. The national stadium in San Salvador is a huge field, it’s got to be like 80 yards wide, so there’s a lot of space to play there. … They played very defensively against us, and we also learned that we can certainly get at them from the outsides. They had trouble containing Sanna (Nyassi). Sanna did a great job (in San Jose) on his cross. … So they know they can get around the flanks, they know they can play against them, so our belief in ourselves should be good. We just have to deal with playing out of the country and whatever else comes with that.
On the implications of having a 1-0 lead in the aggregate-score series:Obviously they know they have to score a goal. They have to open their game up a lot more than they had to open their game up at our place. I feel very confident that we have the ability to score a goal against them down there. And if we score one goal against them, they’ve got to score three to knock us out. I don’t think we’re going to give up even two, so I’m certainly not worried about giving up three. It’s a situation of they’ve got to open up, they’ve got to score. Whether they do it from the opening whistle or they do it after halftime or when, but at some point they’ve got to open up, and that’s going to give us space to attack.