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Everton keeper Howard praises USA teammates for getting mindset right

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard highlighted the importance of he and his teammates getting their minds back on the game after Saturday's loss to Spain.

The US bounced back to form with a 2-0 win over Canada in their opening CONCACAF Gold Cup match on Tuesday to redeem themselves for the 4-0 friendly defeat at the hands of the World Champions on the weekend.

Everton keeper Howard, who came up with some vital saves late in the Canada match, admitted that the morale of the US players prior to the match in Detroit helped them get the result they were looking for.

"The last couple of days around the hotel and on the training ground. The atmosphere was really good in the hotel, training was really upbeat," he said.

"We got into the dressing room early and there was a toughness about us that we were ready for this game. There was no hangover.

"We're in a weird situation in CONCACAF because we play a lot of top teams around the world, and we're hunting them all the time. Then you come into CONCACAF and, for better or worse, we're the hunted.

"It takes on a different mindset and I think equally you have to be hard, you have to be tough and you can't take anything for granted. Tonight our mindset was right."

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