Work in Sports
Defender Brian Dunseth is the captain of the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team, which headed Down Under and did 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 20, 2000
How does it feel to make American soccer history, being the first U.S. men's team to make the quarterfinals?
To know that we've accompished something that no other U.S. men's Olympic team has is a great feeling. We knew that we couldn't look ahead past the Kuwaitis, because they had already stung the Czechs earlier in the first round.
Did it dampen your celebration at all that you haven't been able to play?
Of course, it's dissapointing that you can't be on the field, but this is what it's about. This is a team, and we are playing great right now. Both Danny Califf and Chad McCarty have had absolutly great games this tournament and played solidly from the first kickoff. Im so happy for both of them, because in a way, I'm living through them.
Again, what's the latest on the adductor/groin injury that's kept you off the field?
Right now, I'm taking both treatments and training, as I'm gonna get my chance to play, and I've got to be ready to play as well as the rest of the team has played.
What did Clive Charles say to you personally and to the group after the game?
He said that we'd achieved one step and now we have another in front of us. We were happy, but we also know that we have a lot left to accomplish.
How have you spent your time since the Kuwait game?
We now have a couple days to get the injuries taken care of and to just get away form the game for a day to clean out our heads and get ready to prepare for the next game.