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Howard: We are scratching our heads the same way you are

Tim Howard put in a match winning performance in front of goal for the U.S in their victory over Spain in the Confederations Cup but he was very clear after the game that it was a team effort.

Speaking to reporters Howard said: "We're proud that this group is the one that is going to represent the U.S. in the final.

"We are scratching our heads the same way you are, but it goes to show you what hard work and commitment to each other can bring."

Speaking about his team's defence, Howard continued: "They played great today. Anytime you come out with a shock win you need to take your chances in front of goal - we did - and you need some guys who are defending like bandits, and you need your goalkeeper to come up with some saves and sometimes you get lucky on certain occasions.

"We rode our luck today, but Spain is unbelievable - I don't need to tell you that, though. They are No. 1 in the world.

"We've had our share of critics and I think everyone, including the coaching staff, stood up and took it on the chin. We just kept going. The press was hard on us, maybe rightfully so, but it never phased him [Bradley], it never took its toll on him and he continued to prepare the team as though he believed we could do something like we did tonight, and that was infectious."

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