USMNT FW Gomez: We found a way to win

Former Rapids player recalls first game at DSG Park, though not in blizzard conditions

Herculez Gomez at DSG Park on March 22, 2013

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

U.S. National Team forward Herculez Gomez

On the match:
“Good teams find ways to win games, and that’s what we did, we found a way today. We grinded out a result because it wasn’t very hard to see that conditions were pretty bad and it was pretty difficult to play actual soccer but we found a way.”

On what the team can take from the game:
“Unity, I think, would be a big one. When the going got tough, we stuck together. We didn’t point fingers, we didn’t blame, we were intense with each other and we knew that it would take all of us to get the good out of this.”

On if he’s played in these conditions before:
The closest I’ve gotten to that would be opening day in this actual stadium, but it wasn’t blizzard-like conditions. [With the Rapids] we had a few days where we would try it and it would get so bad we’d have to go indoors and do something else.”

On DaMarcus Beasley’s play:
“Yeah, mi hermano! Man, it’s so easy to play with that guy. He’s such a good football player. At times it was very difficult for us to keep the ball because of these conditions, and I thought we did very well on that left side. Just having a player like that makes it so easy. He’s a consummate pro, he’s just going to give 100 for sure, and more. He’s a good player, and I don’t think there’s anyone on our team that won’t tell you that.”

On keeping possession despite the conditions:
“We tried, we tried. Honestly, I think it could’ve a lot better for us on a good playing field, but I also think it threw a little screwball at Costa Rica. We’ll take it.”