Jurgen Klinsmann, USA coach
Well first of all, I have to offer my congratulations to the team. We’ve gone through a very difficult game, which we always expected. We knew it would be a grind and go down to the wire against a very strong Ghana side. But I was still convinced that we would win this game even after Ghana’s equaliser. I had the feeling that another two or three opportunities would come and we just needed to take one, which we did. This was exactly the start we wanted, we had to work hard for it and it’s a great feeling to get the first three points.
James Kwesi Appiah, Ghana coach
All I can say is that it was a very tough game and when you play at this high level any little mistake can cost you dearly. We had a lot of the ball and created a lot of chances, but we didn’t make the most of our chances, but USA took theirs. It’s not going to be easy to qualify for the group, but we’ll give everything to do just that. We’re going to have to play well against Germany and I know we’ll give them a good game.
Clint Dempsey, Budweiser Man of the Match
The result shows our character. We got the goal the goal early in the game and that caused us to be a little bit more defensive. I thought Ghana played really well, but I thought that we didn’t help ourselves at times in terms of keeping possession. When they got the equaliser, I thought that we might get a point out of the game, but credit to our team, we kept fighting and we got the goal. We didn’t play our best, but we ground out the result.
I think my nose is broken. I didn’t consider coming off, I just wanted to go on for as long as I could, but I had trouble breathing. I was coughing up blood a little bit from the back of my throat, but I felt fine and that I could keep going. I did feel a little bit tired towards the end, but hopefully I’ll be able to start breathing through my nose again before the next game.