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U.S. Women's National Team vs. Korea DPR Quote Sheet


U.S. WNT vs. Korea DPR
2012 Olympics Games – Group G
Old Trafford; Manchester, England
July 31, 2012


U.S. National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match:
“Abby (Wambach) scored a great goal, which feels good for all of us. She’s been playing well and just shows how important she is for the team. We got a chance to save some legs in the second half and we slowed down the game quite a bit and now we look forward to the quarterfinal with a healthy, happy team.”

On the significance of playing at Old Trafford:
“Just to enter Old Trafford is a fantastic feeling. All of us felt that in the locker room and going out there to play. It’s something you will look at and be proud of. The field was fantastic, the crowd was great. It couldn’t have been any better.”

On choosing a starting lineup for the quarterfinal match:
“You will see different starting lineups and I truly believe that we need everybody in order to win the next game. It’s tough, you have only two days in between and we’re traveling and you need to eat and rest. Everybody in the squad matters.”

On the patience of Alex Morgan to find Abby Wambach for the game-winning goal:
“Alex Morgan is always a threat regardless if she’s standing still or running 100 percent…and the way she receives the ball is way better than it was in 2011. She has improved her game tremendously and she wants to be more involved in the attack. That’s a balance because if she’s too eager in the buildup, I want her to be the end product because that’s how she will score goals. At the same time, she gains confidence and she helps people out in order to get to the attacking third. I think we’ll see many good games from her going forward.”

U.S. forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the match:
“I think it was a professional game. We wanted to preserve our energy in the second half by keeping the ball; I think that was pretty clear. Moving forward, the quarterfinal game is the most important thing and we knew we were already through. We put ourselves into a position to go through and possession was the name of our game.”

On the significance of playing at Old Trafford:
“We would’ve liked to get a few more goals. It was awesome. So many U.S. fans came for this game specifically to watch at Old Trafford. It’s a dream come true for a lot of us and it’s amazing to have got a goal.”

On her game-winning goal:
“It was very unselfish. (Alex Morgan) attracts so much attention and in that moment it was probably the right thing to play the ball into space for me to get on to. Good of her to keep possession of the ball and turn and find the open player.”

On being the first woman to score an international goal at Old Trafford:
“This is one of the most storied stadiums to play in in the entire world. To get the goal is great. I think it’s amazing that Alex (Morgan) gave me that opportunity. I was trying to get her a goal in the second half because she deserves it too.”

On taking a different approach to the Korea DPR match:
“Today’s game was a little different. It’s frustrating for a forward when you’re trying to possess the ball because that possession lies within the midfield, so it wasn’t the most attacking style of game, but that was our plan of attack literally and figuratively. We, as a team, feel like we did what we tried to do today – we rested players, even though some of us played 90 minutes, it was definitely a restful game for a lot of us. We need to have fresh legs going into the quarterfinals.”

U.S. goalkeeper HOPE SOLO

On the significance of playing at Old Trafford:
“It’s remarkable. You feel the fan support here. The women’s game has come a long way and we should be packing stadiums and playing on the best fields. We have a long way to go, but it’s a start and we feel really good.”

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
On adjusting playing a lot of minutes in the Olympics so far:
“It’s definitely how your body reacts to so many games in such a small amount of time. We knew we needed a tie or a win; we wanted to keep that 1-0 lead. We wanted to save our legs a little bit more because we’re going to have a lot more minutes coming up.”

On meeting Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and his talk with the team:
“I met him last year at a Manchester United event. He’s a big supporter of the women’s game. We got to see him before the game and I’m really happy he came in and spoke to us. He’s a great person. He asked us who our biggest competition was and he told us good luck and that he would be supporting us throughout the tournament along with Team Great Britain.”

On setting up Abby Wambach’s goal:
“I saw Abby splitting the defenders so I just tried to slip it through to her. We had a lot of opportunities during that time and we were pushing for a goal. I’m glad Abby got onto it. She’s a top finisher.”

On the development of her pairing with Abby Wambach:
“Each time we play together it’s always going to help our game. It’s always going to help grow both of us as players, combining together and being on the same page. That shows from game one until now that we’ve been on the same page. We’re going to do anything, it doesn’t matter who scores, and we just want to win this thing.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On her play against Korea DPR:
“I think I brought the same energy, but I don’t think I played as well. It was kind of a choppy game, a pretty slick surface. It was a good goal and that was huge for us in the first half. It was tough playing against five or six defenders at some point. They never really stepped out and chased the game.”

U.S. defender KELLEY O’HARA

On the match:
“Coming into this game we had the upper hand because we knew we were going through, but we wanted to win our group and get the win. In the second half, we were just knocking it around trying to save our legs and get ready for the quarterfinals.”

On the U.S. support in the crowd at Old Trafford:
“You look up in the crowd and it’s all red, white and blue. People were chanting ‘USA.’ That’s what we want and hopefully it’ll be that way going forward.”

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