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Jul 9, 2013

US and Belize Coaches give Gold CUp press conference

Channel Five’s live coverage of the Gold Cup begins at eight-thirty.  A team has been embedded to follow the Jaguars’ experience in the United States. Rick Romero and William Neal have been covering practices, nutrition and controversies as they develop. On Monday, Neal prepared for the game coverage by joining the international press when they questioned the coaches for the US and the Belize team at a press conference at the Jeld-Wen Field.

 

William Neal

“As a part of the CONCACAF format, press conferences before training has scheduled to give members of the international media an opportunity to chat with the head coach and one player chosen at the discretion of the delegation, but usually the team captain. Given the matchup between the U.S.  and Belize on the Jeld-Wen field, my expectations going into the conference were for a packed room of journalist eager with questions for the U.S. team and almost the reversed or mostly Belizean media for the latter. But before the hunch could be validated, we joined our international colleagues to quiz U.S. head coach, Jürgen Klingsmann and U.S. Team captain, Demarcus Beezly. While conventional wisdom might be suggesting that it is an easy victory for the U.S, citing the Martinique upset of Canada among other things, Klingsmann said his team was taking all steps to make sure that David doesn’t slay Goliath.

 

Jürgen Klingsmann

Jürgen Klingsmann, Head Coach, U.S.A.

“Well we are expecting a difficult game. We expect a Belize side that is highly excited, highly motivated to play their game here in the Gold Cup. They are thrilled that they made it through, but they made it through because they deserved it. We watched all their games from the Copa Centro American in January and they made the results and we obviously we probably expect a defensive. Belize team will make it very difficult for us to break them down so it is going to be a lot of work ahead of us. We have to move the ball quickly, we have to pressure them very high up and keep the tempo very high.”

 

While he was reluctant to talk about individual on the Belize team and possible strategy to shut them down, he spoke eagerly of the need for the U.S. dominance to begin early.

 

Jürgen Klingsmann

“Well our plan is definitely to hopefully score a goal as early as possible in the game, but knowing that they will do everything to avoid that. It definitely takes patience, it takes a high tempo, it takes everything from the players to break them down and go from there. You always have to have the highest respect for your opponent.”

 

Ian Mork

An hour later, Belize’s head coach, Ian Mork and team captain, Shane Orro, sat in the exact spot, but to a less packed room as was expected and definitely a different tempo pervaded the room. However, for the dynamic duo, it was all business.

 

Ian Mork, Head Coach, Belize Jaguars

“They are all top professionals. We are top amateurs with a few top professionals on our team. So our players are going to really have one of the top games they have ever played.”

 

Shane Orio

Shane Orio, Team Captain, Belize Jaguars

“We are cool, we are relaxed. We know that tomorrow will be a totally different scenario. At the end of the day, we might have guys that are nervous and it is just normal. I myself played in Honduras, and before each game, I’m usually nervous, but when you step on the field, it is something totally different. We are excited and we are honored and we are humble to be here. The teams that are here, we have made a great sacrifice and we have done great things to be here. So I think we deserve to be here and our intention is to go out and play our best and give it all tomorrow.”

 

William Neal

“With less than twenty-four hours to go, the Belize national team take the Jeld-Wen Field for the second time. As a member of the international core of media, we have been given exactly fifteen minutes to get our shots of the team. Of course come game time tomorrow, we will be restricted in terms of access. All we can do is watch and wait and hope that the team will walk away with a win. William Neal reporting from Portland for Channel Five’s coverage of Gold Cup 2013.

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