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Post-Game Quote Sheet: USA 4, Trinidad And Tobago 0

U.S. U-20 WNT Head Coach JILL ELLIS

On the victory:
“I thought we scored some nice goals, especially the last one. It was just a world class goal the way it was put together, but I’m also pleased that we didn’t concede any. These games are about building confidence, so finding the back of the net is good for these players. There are still some things we need to learn about how to break down teams, but I think there are definitely some positives we can take from this game.”

On starting several different players from the first match:
“Part of it was a tactical thing, but we want to be able to evaluate other players as well. I think it’s important to get players experience because we have a lot of new ones that haven’t experienced this kind of a tournament before. But it’s also good, physically, to rest players and have some fresh legs for the next two games. We advanced, but the next game is Mexico and that decides our placing in our group.”

On advancing for the semifinals:
“I can already sense with this team that how we play is important to them. The next game against Mexico will be a very good test for us. We’re pleased to know that we advanced but the ultimate goal is to qualify and at this point there are just two teams that stand between us and qualifying.”


On how it feels to qualify for the semifinals after two games:
“It’s great. Coming off of two wins, 10 goals and zero goals against is great. Our team did very well because Trinidad came out hard, pressuring us. We’re a new team so we’re all coming together and learning each other’s strengths.”

On how the team will approach the match against Mexico to determine first place in the group:
“Mexico is always a good team. We respect them. They have very crafty players, but hopefully we can come out and just play our game and keep doing what we’re doing.”


On advancing to the semifinals:
“It’s a breath of fresh air knowing that we’re through. We’re happy, excited and we are ready to play against Mexico. We are definitely going to have to bring our ‘A’ game because we know they are going to be a good opponent for us.”

On playing with five different starters from the first match:
“That just shows our team’s depth. Anyone can come on the field and make an impact. Morgan (Marlborough) didn’t play at all in the last game and she comes in and scores a goal and assisted on another, so it shows how deep our team is.”


On her goal and playing in her first international match:
“It was all very exciting. It’s a great experience just to be here and I’m glad I got the opportunity to play and help my team with a goal. Rachel (Quon) just played a great through ball and when I saw the goalkeeper came out, I was able to chip it over her head. I think we are very prepared to play Mexico. Our defense has been solid and we’ve been scoring a lot of goals.”