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Post-Match Quotes: WNT 3, Costa Rica 0


U.S. Women's National Team vs. Costa Rica
CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament
Estadio Quintana Roo; Cancun, Mexico
Nov. 8, 2010

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage
On facing Italy in the playoff:
“Italy will be really tough and competitive. We need to play good soccer. We can’t only fight, we need to keep possession and keep focused in the defending like we did today. I look at it like today was a warm-up, Italy will be the first half and Chicago will be the second half, and then hopefully we will be all set for the World Cup.”

On Lori Lindsey’s play in the midfield:
“She did well. She was a missing piece I think, a little bit of a connecter so we can keep possession a little bit better in midfield. Abby scored again and Cheney got to be in the starting lineup. That combination turned out to be a pretty good thing.”

On Abby Wambach’s performance:
“She loves to compete and she has a big heart. You could see she was tired, and we need her in Italy, so we took her off. You get confidence just looking at her and the way she is playing is contagious.”

U.S. forward Abby Wambach:
On the match:
“We were confident going into this game. This was the first leg of the journey we are on. Obviously, it’s not the journey we thought it would be but that doesn’t matter any more. It’s about what we have to do to get to the World Cup and Costa Rica was our first challenge. Not it’s on to Italy.”

On play the two-leg series vs. Italy:
“The thing about playing a home and away is just being patient. You have two games to show the kind of performance I know this team is capable of having. You can have whatever excuse you want in the world, but soccer is one of those games were any team can get beaten, even the number one team in the world. It was a humbling experience, it’s an experience that hopefully is a wake-up call for everybody and we’re going to work our tails off to make sure it never happens again.”

On the match looking forward:
“What we set out to do today, we accomplished. We wanted to really work hard defensively, because we feel if we work hard defensively, the attack kind of solves itself…I have no doubt that this team is capable of going to Italy and having a great performance and going to Chicago and qualifying for the World Cup so I am pretty confident in the road ahead.”

U.S. captain Christie Rampone
On looking forward:
“We got our second chance and now we have to take the positives away from this tournament and recharge the batteries. We are a little tired and we haven’t been playing our best soccer. We need to take a few days off, refresh our brains and then the focus has to be there for Italy. They are a great team and we have to bring our best game. We have to get some goals there and come back to Chicago and finish it off.”

On looking forward:
“We have to get back to playing our game. We got our composure back a little bit tonight, but our mentality is finding our rhythm and not worrying as much about our opponents. We have to be playing together. Anyone can break one pencil, but no one can break a whole stack. We have to play as a unit and be unbreakable.”

U.S. defender Amy LePeilbet
On the pressure of the match:
“I think we were fully confident. There’s always are some nerves because it’s a big game, but that’s good because it means we are ready to go. With a little bit of pressure, we finally picked it up and played our game.”

On the match:
“Costa Rica came out hard and we came out hard, so it was a fun match. Both teams were going for it, but it’s always good when you get one earlier in the first half. You feel more comfortable and start to play more at ease and connect. Once we got those next two, it was a great feeling, we knew we had it.”

On looking forward:
“The first thing is recovery. We definitely need to rest, get our legs back and refocus. We’re all excited. It’s just a new adventure for us and we’re going to get it done.”

U.S. defender Ali Krieger
On the play where Costa Rica hit the post and the USA countered to score the third goal:
“That was tough. I actually thought she was offside. Our back line has been working so hard to keep it even and together. It was probably the only chance they had the entire game, so I give credit to our defensive line. We stayed compact and composed and got the job done.”

On playing such an important match in Europe:
“It’s very tough. The atmosphere is very different. Football is their number one sport. We can only assume they will have a lot of fans and they will be screaming. They want to go to the World Cup as well, but it’s a great opportunity for us. If you want to be the best, you’ve got the beat the best and this is just our next step going forward.”


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