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Post-Match Quotes: USA 2, China 0

U.S. Women's National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE

On the match:
“We played three very different games and we’ll take out the different parts we need moving forward to the World Cup. In the first minutes, we started off well, but China made it hard for us and they forced us to change the formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 and I think in the second half we controlled the game by playing good defense. I am very happy about winning today and winning the tournament.”

On the team changing formations and playing better in the second half:
“Tactically, we did some good stuff in the second half. We started off great, but after 10 minutes it was downhill. [For the rest of the first half] we had a hard time playing some good soccer, but in the second half we changed to 4-5-1 and got some goals and it looked better.”

On the match and what the USA needs to do to improve in the attack:
“We controlled the game by playing some good defense, so that was a good lesson for us and it IS something we take from this tournament. We need to work on keeping possession much better and doing the right thingS in the attack, get numbers and be more precise.”

On the tournament:
“It’s so much more fun to win. We took some good things from the loss to Sweden game, and that’s one of the reasons we stepped up a little bit against Canada. We took certain things from the 2-1 win against Canada and I think today we ended up controlling the game.”

On goal scorer Amy Rodriguez:
“Her speed is a threat. She provides speed up top and that is always good for the team.”

On whether this China team is better than the one she was an assistant for during the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China:
“Sooner than later this team will be much better than in 2007. The reason is the attacking style with two forwards. They created problems against our back four and the way their team serves the ball into the box will, in the future, create a lot of wins for China.”


On the match:
“I think first and foremost we were focusing on playing soccer the way we want to play. Obviously, we always want to win and we always want to win championships. Fortunately for us, playing good soccer meant finishing a couple of good chances and winning 2-0. We’re happy about the result, we’re happy about the goals we scored and now we have a few training camps to look forward to so we can keep growing as a team.”


On her goal:
“At that point, we were winning 1-0 and playing decently. I just saw Tobin Heath on the wing, and decided to do a fade-out bending run. With her technique she was able to play that ball in behind and I was able to slip the ball into the net. It was exciting.”

On losing the first game to Sweden, but coming back to win the tournament:
“We were really upset as a team to come out and lose our first game. It says a lot about our team that we were able to come out in our second two matches and pull out some wins. I’m really excited that we were able to build in this Four Nations Tournament and kind of develop more chemistry because that is going to help us in the World Cup.”

On all 21 field players seeing action in the tournament:
“It’s so good when we have a lot players in camp and everyone gets some playing time. It’s great for chemistry and it’s great for players to get experience because when it comes to a World Cup, we’re going to need all of our players to be able to get on the field and play.”