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DP: What are the reasonable expectations for the U.S.?
BB: I think our first expectation is to advance out of the group. We've put that pressure on ourselves. We understand how in the course of those three games you give yourself a chance to play in the knockout stage. So that's the first goal.
DP: How do you beat England?
BB: I think that in a first-match situation, we have to find a good balance between being aggressive [and being] smart. I think they have a great player [in] Wayne Rooney. We have to keep a close eye on him. It's not a one-man job because his movement around the field is very good, so it takes a collective effort. But I think a lot of it comes down to the mentality on the day. One that involves confidence and going for it, but also doing it in a smart, disciplined way.
DP: How's that new World Cup ball? Have you guys had problems with it [moving unpredictably]?
BB: The ball has taken a little time for players to adjust to. I think it goes together with the fact that the altitude here means the ball flies a little bit more than usual. But players understand by now that the more the ball moves around, the more excitement people think the game can provide. It's not easy on goalkeepers, but I think they recognize that nobody makes a ball to fit their needs.
DP: What beer should I drink while I'm watching the match tomorrow?