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Post-Match Qutoes USA vs. Sweden


U.S. Women's National Team vs. Sweden
International Friendly
Morrison Stadium, Creighton University; Omaha, Neb.
July 13, 2010 

U.S. Head Coach PIA SUNDHAGE:

On the game:
“It was a great crowd to begin with. We scored a great goal and I thought in our first half we did well. Then we made some changes that were decided before the game and I think it wasn’t as good in the second half. We lost a little bit and we decided to go 4-3-3 and we lost too much in the midfield and that’s how they created chances. We had a chance to score to make it 2-0, and they scored to make it 1-1. It’s good to have another game coming up, and we can try again.”

On the first half:
“It takes time to put everything together but they did a good job in the first half. If you look at Megan Rapinoe, for instance, I thought that she had a good first 45. She was unpredictable and she has not been playing 90 minutes in the WPS and I’m very happy with the way she plays and that the team picks it up when she gets the ball. We lost a little bit of that in the second half.”

On Amy Rodriguez’ performance:
“Amy Rodriguez, great goal and she provides speed and I think, especially in the first half, her runs were pretty good. Then in the second half we can find a little bit more combination with her by playing over the top, which we didn’t. But she needs to take the initiative to do that, to start the runs, and do a little bit better job with that.”

On the crowd in Omaha:
“I think it’s great. It was loud and some of the players are really popular and some of the players are role models. If you listen when Kristine Lilly entered the field she has done some many great things and they recognize her. I think that was very nice.”

U.S. Forward ABBY WAMBACH

On the game:
“We had a lot of chances in the first half, and now we are kicking ourselves for not putting them away. I think Sweden did really well at fixing what was wrong in their first half to come out and have a better second half.”

On the team coming back together for the first time since May:

“It’s always great to come back and play with each other. I do feel like we were a little off. Timing, rhythm. And that’s just logic. If you don’t have a lot of time together, that’s the thing that comes last.”

On the difference between the two halves:
“In the first half the space that they were giving us was in front of their back four. There were a few times I was able to get the ball facing (goal) and play through balls and I got a couple of through balls myself. In the second half, I think that’s exactly how they scored on us. They caught us in transition and scored a great goal.”

On Rodriguez hitting the crossbar before Sweden countered and scored:
“It’s bittersweet. You could go up 2-0. Unfortunately, I thought that the ball was going in so I stopped on the play and they counter and we were kind of out of position. The girl was pretty fast. They got behind our back four and put a great ball in the back of the net.”

On the game fitting into qualifying preparations:
“Every game that we play from here leading up to the World Cup in 2011 is a learning experience. Pia still has a lot of decisions to make before then and I think she is trying to look at new players, tweak the systems a little bit. We know there is going to be some bumps in the road and this is one of them. We’re pleased with some of the things that we did today, but we know that we’re the U.S. and we always wish to come out on top but it can’t happen everyday.”

U.S. Forward AMY RODRIGUEZ
On her goal:
“It started with a great tackle won by Shannon Boxx in midfield, and that’s one of her specialties. Abby Wambach got the ball and played me a great ball in behind and I was able to dink it over the goalkeeper. It was a great goal and I was happy to do that.”

On preparing for qualifying:
“These games right here are going to be very important, especially against Sweden a top team. It’s great competition for us to kick start toward the qualifiers.”

On the chances that didn’t go in:
“As a forward you want to score goals. Tonight for me I had a few that were a little bit off. Hopefully, I can clean that up in these next couple of days and when we play Sweden at the end of the week I’ll be ready to go.”

U.S. Midfielder SARAH HUFFMAN
On her first WNT cap:
“I’ve dreamed my whole life of this so it’s pretty indescribable but it was a lot of fun. I would have liked to get a win but hopefully I can build upon this and the team can build upon this. Loud crowd. It looked like it was packed. I couldn’t imagine it better.”


U.S. Defender KATE MARKGRAF
On earning her 200th cap:
“It feels great. I ended 2008 with 198 games and I was two shy of 200 and I always wanted to get to 200, but I got pregnant with twins and I thought I was done. Then I got a call from Pia and it’s just a really big honor and a great opportunity. It was awesome.”

On getting her 200th cap in Omaha in front of a sold out crowd:
“The people here in Omaha came out. I think the whole entire town was here. It was awesome. They were all cheering for us and clapping. It was a great atmosphere.”

On her overall performance:
“I played a position I haven’t played in seven years in outside back. It’s a lot more running than I’m used to, but I’ll take what I can get. I had fun.”

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