Work in Sports
Tough watching from sidelines
Defender Brian Dunseth is the captain of the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team, which is Down Under hoping to do what no other U.S. men's team has ever done: make it out of the first round alive.
Dunseth, 23, left Cal. St. Fullerton early to join Major League Soccer and the New England Revolution, where he has now played four seasons. Check in with Dunseth on CNNSI.com throughout the Olympics.
September 14, 2000
What is your assessment of the game against the Czech Republic?
We thought we played well enough to win, and were frustrated that we didn't come out with three points. That said, if we weren't going to win it, at least we didn't lose it.
Who was your man of the match?
The man of the match for me was Josh Wolff. He played brilliantly with his runs always being dangerous and his passes and flicks always putting others in good situations.
What did coach Clive Charles say to the team after the match?
Clive told us not to be satisfied with the game and that we had another two to go. He was happy with the way we played, but we know that we can still grow and continue to be better.
How is the adductor/groin injury that kept you out of the Czech game, and when do you expect to be back?
The injury is getting better day by day, and I'm hopeful I'll be fit for this weekend.
How did the defense look in your absence?
The defense played excellent. The boys were strong, sure and confident in not only their marking, but also their heading and covering for each other as a unit.
How tough was it to watch from the sidelines?
Yeah, it was tough watching from the sidelines because I was constantly wanting to be on the field, but I knew we'd do well, and obviously we did.
How did the pitch affect the play?
The field was a new one, so it's a bit quick, and after the sun goes down, the dew makes it harder to dig into. Hopefully, it holds up for the next couple of games.
Next up -- Cameroon. How are you preparing and what do you expect?
Cameroon came out of their first game with a good result [3-2 over Kuwait] and three points. We'll have the next couple of days to view the game and go over the incidentals. We'll be prepared.
How do you feel about being in Canberra instead of Sydney? How is it different?
There is a difference being here compared with being in Sydney, but it's probably better to be here since we have fewer distractions. I mean, you'd always like to be in the middle of everything, but sometimes that's not good.