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July 17, 2010: U.S. U-20 Women vs. Switzerland U-20 Women

Post-Match Quotes: USA 1, KOR 0

U.S. U-20 WNT Head Coach Jill Ellis
On the match:
“I thought it was a great match to help us mentally and physically prepare for the quarter-finals. South Korea is such an outstanding opponent and they have fantastic possession. It was a great team to play against and a great test for us, certainly.”

On the match:
“Today, we made it about ourselves. We knew we had to take care of getting a point and as much as we scout the opponent, today was about our performance and I was very pleased with the way the players handled the game and a very skillful and crafty team like South Korea.”

On if she was looking at a potential quarterfinal opponent:
“We focus on the game in front of us. We knew the result of the game here (in Bielefeld) and that Japan and England were both eliminated, and that we would be getting Mexico or Nigeria if we took care of our end of the bargain, but honestly we weren’t focusing on that. Once again, it was about ourselves and continuing to get better every game of this tournament.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Forward Kristie Mewis
On the match:
“I think we played great and defended well. We won the game, which was our goal. We wanted to not only make the quarterfinals, but also be first in the group. We’ve accomplished those goals, but we have a lot more to do in this tournament.”

On the Korea Republic:
“The Koreans are very good soccer players. They pass the ball quickly and move well without the ball. It took a lot of energy to keep them off the scoreboard, but I was really proud with our effort today on both sides of the ball.”

On Sydney Leroux’s winning goal:
“Sydney scores important goals. She worked really hard today. She deserved that goal and we can always count on her to create chances and to work hard on defense.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Defender Rachel Quon
On the overall team defense:
“I thought we were really focused and organized. I thought everyone did their part and collectively it paid off in a win and a shutout.

“From each half, we’ve progressed. I don’t think we’ve yet played to our full potential so we’re excited to try to reach that level in the knockout games.

“The Koreans are all technical and they always seem to have a lot of options when they have the ball. We knew they had been scoring a lot of goals in the first two games, so I think we were very focused on not giving up to many good chances.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Midfielder Christine Nairn
On the match:
“I think it was a very defensive match for us. Our best defense is usually a great offense, but in this game, we defended well as a team, took care of what we worked on and also generated some great chances with some quick attacks. We might not have had the majority of possession, but when we did have the ball we made the most of it.”

Summarizing the group:
“I think in our group we got to experience three different kinds of playing styles with Africa, Europe and Asia. If we are going to get far in this tournament, it helps us get a better feel for what type of soccer each continent plays. It was a great group to get some learning experience for our team and hopefully we can put it all together in the next game.”

On the play of Amber Brooks and herself in the center midfield:
“Our goal was to stay connected with the back line. We work every day on shape with the back seven, including (goalkeeper) Bianca (Henninger) and we talk as much as possible. I think the goals for Amber and I today were to take away their scoring opportunities from the midfield and track runners checking off our back line.”