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Kuwait is underestimated

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Latest: Sunday September 17, 2000 12:56 PM

 

Defender Brian Dunseth is the captain of the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team, which headed Down Under hoping to do what no other men's team had 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 17, 2000
Canberra, Australia

What's the latest on the adductor/groin injury that kept you out of the first two games?

The injury is getting better. I'm full out training and it's still sore, but it's a day by day injury. Some days it feels good, then others, it's really sore just turning over in bed.

Do you expect to play against Kuwait?

I hope to get on the field, but the team is playing well and I just have to continue to work hard in practice and the training room.

What is your assessment of the Cameroon game? How do you feel about the result?

We're happy with the point, but I think we all feel that we should have won the game. That said, their goalkeeper had some unbelievable saves.

How did the Cameroon game differ from the Czech game?

The Cameroonians are a team that rely on individual skills to get them out of trouble. The Czechs on the other hand were a well-disciplined team that looked to play forward any chance they had.

Up next -- Kuwait. What do you expect from them and how are you preparing?

We had a chance to watch the game film of Cameroon and Kuwait the other night, so we have an idea of what to expect. They're a good team that is underestimated.

How surprising is it that Kuwait beat the Czechs, and how does that change things?

It's was very surprising to hear the Czechs lost, but that's what happens when you don't go in and do the job. The Czechs might have gotten a little ahead of themselves, so it's good for us to see that Kuwait will punish us if we give them a chance.

How have you been spending your down time?

I've spent a lot of my time with my trainer, Bruce Snell, just trying to get as close to 100 percent as possible.

What's your favorite part of the Australian culture? Least favorite?

The friendliness of the Australian people is something that we weren't used to. They are always willing to go out of their way to help you out.

--Brian


 
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