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Quote Sheet: Women's National Team Players Talk about Tom Sermanni

U.S. Women's National Team Quote Sheet
New Head Coach Tom Sermanni
Oct. 31, 2012

U.S. Women's National Team Midfielder SHANNON BOXX
On the hiring of Tom Sermanni:
“I’m very excited about the hire. Being coached by Tommy in the past, I thought he did a great job of managing the team and giving players confidence. He was one of the main reasons why I made the national team back in 2003. He’s helped Australia improve tremendously over the years and they are now competing with some of the best teams in the world. He has experience in big events and that’s really important for this team to have a coach that has been in those pressure situations.”

On moving the team forward:
“Pia came in and wanted to improve our attack and I think he will continue to take us down that road to keep getting better in that part of the game.”

On his coaching demeanor:
“He has a very calm presence and he allows you to play. He gives you a role and as long as you play your role, he will be fine with that player showing their personality on the field. I think that will be a positive for this team that has so many great talents and personalities.”

U.S. Women's National Team Forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the hiring of Tom Sermanni:
“Obviously, this is a great step for the Women’s National Team. He has proven his ability to bring young players into the mix and to mold veteran players to his style. He likes an attacking style and will be able to continue the progress we made with Pia. I’m excited for what the future holds.”

On his coaching demeanor:
“He’s a laid back kind of coach. He’s not the kind of coach that will be yelling all the time, but at the end of the day, the important thing that I know is on his mind is results, and the next stage is preparing for the 2015 World Cup.”

U.S. Women's National Team Midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the hiring of Tom Sermanni:
“He’s going to bring the same kind laid-back relaxed atmosphere that has worked for this team, but he has a lot of good ideas and judging by the way Australia played in the last two games against us, I am very excited.”

On how Australia improved under Sermanni:
“In the two games we played against Australia in September, especially in the first halves of the games, I was impressed with how they kept the ball, were patient throughout the midfield, tried to keep the ball on the ground and were dynamic and unpredictable. His teams like to keep the ball on the ground and play an attacking style, which I like and is parallel with the way the world’s game is going.”