February 19, 2013
NO INTIMIDATION HERE
Boos help motivate USA's Cuevas
PUEBLA, Mexico -- The more boos, the better for Daniel Cuevas.
The United States Under-20 National Team certainly heard its share of it at at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos on Monday night, which motivated the American forward in his team's opening 2-1 Group B triumph over Haiti at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships.
Cuevas was fouled in the penalty area to set up the U.S.'s first goal, a penalty kick by Luis Gil in the third minutes. He also scored the second goal in the 26th minute.
“I was really happy with what I accomplished in this game," Cuevas said. "The environment motivated me. The crowd was booing us. I just wanted to play well, and luckily things worked the way we wanted them to. I got the goal, we got the PK and we scored, and we got the win.”
U.S. coach Tab Ramos had no doubt as to who was the best U.S. player.
“We really believe in Danny Cuevas," Ramos said. "He did a great job today. Obviously I think he was our most important player on the field. He’s one of those players who has been with us from the beginning of the cycle, so he’s really learned what we need from him. He did a good job. He was a little bull up front. He created opportunities for himself, for his teammates, he created the penalty kick, and he’s one of those players who’s tremendously important for us.”