Thomas Rongen, USA coach
We didn't play well and credit must go to Germany. We showed them far too much respect at the beginning of the match and allowed them to impose their game on us. We played a bit better in the second half after the substitutions, but they deserved the win. We'll be making a few changes ahead of the match with Cameroon just as we did today against the Germans. I had to shake things up a little on the back of our recent performances in friendly matches.
Horst Hrubesch, Germany coach
I'm very happy with the players and they deserve all the praise they get. We deserved the victory, but we made it difficult for ourselves by wasting so many chances in the first half. Still, the third goal came at just the right time for us and it was important for us to start the tournament with a win.