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U.S. Women's National Team 3, Germany 2 Post-Game Quotes

U.S. Women's National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the U.S. team’s play and the play of Carli Lloyd:
“I am impressed. We play against Germany, one of the best teams in the world, we play on a bad pitch, it’s a bit muddy and we play in a final, but we performed in such a way that’s nice to see that kind of attacking soccer with solid defending. I am very happy today about Carli Lloyd’s performance. I think it’s one of the best games I’ve ever seen her play.”

On the match:
“We were good at creating chances and I’m happy about the fact that we are playing attacking soccer. The goals will come sooner or later, so even though it feels a little bit (tough to score), at the end of the day, we put away chances and it was a great performance.”

On the U.S. team:
“You could see they played with heart and they really wanted to win the game and play good soccer.”

On the play of Rachel Buehler:
“I have to mention Rachel Buehler. She played four games, every single minute. She shouldn’t have had to do that, but she did and she played well every single game. She plays with her heart and I think that is contagious.”

On the mud in front of the goals:
“That’s a weird situation where you think it’s a goal, but then the mud stood in the way and it was just a little bit chaotic. The good part of that is that we created so many good chances, even though we didn’t put them away, but it was definitely a little bit weird in the box.”

On the match:
“The surface wasn’t really that great, but that’s kind of been the story of the entire tournament for us. Evidently, Germany has been playing on nice fields the whole tournament so I think this kind of played to our advantage today. Not to mention, I think we outplayed them in the first half. We had the wind at our backs and we had a couple good goals. We had a lot of good chances in the first half, but some that literally stopped inside the 18 and the runner just ran by.”

On getting a deserved win after gutting out a victory in Germany last October:
“I’m really proud of us. Today gives us a big confidence booster. After the Germany game in October, I think Germany kind of outplayed us and we kind of eked out a win at the end there, so I think this gives us a lot of confidence going into the WPS season and building this team.”

On her partnership with Lauren Cheney on the forward line:
“A big positive from playing Germany in a final is the experience factor for some of these young kids. I think Lauren Cheney probably had the best tournament I’ve probably seen her play on this team. She’s kind of broken out of her shell and is not just a compliment to me, but she is in fact leading our attack in many ways. That’s a big plus for me because it’s going to take a lot of defenders off my back because they will have to be focusing a lot on her.”

On the U.S. backs:
“Our defense was pretty solid today, especially not having Lori Chalupny back there as she’s been a main staple at left back, but Meghan Schnur and Stephanie Cox did really well for us this tournament.”

On her goal:
“I did some sort of move to beat the defender and fortunately it wasn’t a defenders game today, it was more of an attackers game because of the surface. As soon as I got in behind my defender, the ball was already in the air and my eyes must have gotten pretty huge. I knew I was going to get on the end of it just as long as I hit it well - and I hit it pretty well.”

On the match and the field:
“It was a little sloppy, but intense and we’re champions. In the first half we came out pretty strong and ready to play and put them under pressure, so it wasn’t as bad, but as the game wore on, the field got worse and worse. It was just tough and it became a battle to play because neither team could keep the ball on the ground.”

On her goal:
“That was the only way I was scoring today, I had a few bad touches, but the goalie bounced it off my face. I even looked around me to make sure no one was by me so I couldn’t mess it up.”

On her overall tournament in which she was the leading scorer for the USA with four goals:
“This tournament really helped my confidence. We got to play three great matches even before the final and then we got to play Germany in the championship, so what more could you ask for? Abby and I played well together and it was just a good tournament overall.”

U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On her goal and the match:
“It’s been a while (since she scored), so it felt good, but this is what you play for. You play to play great teams in the final and we came up big today. We had some up and down moments throughout the tournament, but I think the team gave it their all and everyone who came off the bench really contributed.”