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Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT 1, Brazil 0

U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage

On the match:
“I thought the first half was just a battle, so we changed the style and formation (in the second half). We didn’t play well attacking (in the first half), although the defending was good. I am very proud with the way we turned it around. We changed so many players and that is difficult for a team coming into the second half, but I think we played better.

"A-Rod scored an important goal and we came out with the win. Overall, a wonderful and important experience going forward for us.”

On the difficulties of facing Brazil:
“First of all, they are very technical, but more so they match up all over the field, so we couldn’t switch the point of attack and we couldn’t use the width. Then it starts to become a small-sided game and they are very good at that. So that’s why we changed to a sort of 4-5-1 to use the width and I thought it was very good.”

On making two subs on the back line at halftime:
“We switched two players in the back. Both Stephanie Cox and Rachel Buehler came in and that is not easy playing against Brazil, but they did a great job.”

On Angela Hucles and the substitutes:
“This is the best I’ve seen her play. She really stood up when Carli Lloyd had to go out of the game, so it’s really important knowing that you can trust your teammates.”

U.S. Forward Amy Rodriguez
On the match:
“When we started the first half, things were really jumbled. They were playing high pressure and totally putting a lot of pressure on our backs. It was hard to hold the ball and keep it and get that rhythm that we normally have in other games. Brazil did a really good job of holding us off and not letting us have a lot of attack. We went into halftime, got a little momentum going, Pia had a little talk with us…and we came out on fire. I think we had more time and space to attack and do more against the Brazil defense.”

U.S. Defender Heather Mitts
On the two halftime changes to the back line:
“It just shows the depth of our team and how people are able to step in and we don’t skip a beat and other people are able to step in and change the game a little bit.“

On the match:
“It was a tiring game. We’ve been training really hard and I was pretty tired from the very beginning. A lot of it was mental. It was just a matter of being able to push through for 90 minutes. They are very physical. It’s not the like the other teams we play aren’t, but I think this team is a little different. They are very fast paced and hectic at times so it’s up to us to settle the game and play to our style.”

U.S. Midfielder Angela Hucles
On entering the match after just 13 minutes:
“I was definitely a little surprised when Carli went down with a (broken nose). Basically, I just wanted to go in there and bring energy when I come off the bench. Just try to keep possession and get a hold of the game. Brazil is obviously a great team, but we have to realize that we are also a great team and go out there with confidence.”

On the hard running in the midfield:
“It’s mentally draining, it’s physically draining and there was a lot of movement in the midfield. A lot of the play was in the midfield, so as a midfielder, we really wanted to keep the ball and provide good options for the defenders because Brazil pressures us really, really quickly. It was a very fast-paced game.”

U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo
On Brazil’s attack:
“I didn’t expect Brazil to play so many balls behind our back line. It forced me to come off my line and play a high position. I did pretty well at reading it, minus two, which made it a little bit hairy.”

On the back line changing two players at halftime:
“First off, Kate Markgraf played an amazing game. She’s had two great games in a row. She and I talked about it at halftime, knowing (the two subs) would change our whole dynamic, so it was up to us to keep the intensity and keep talking and organizing. It became a challenge and we had fun with it. Stephanie Cox came on, Buehler came on, and nothing changed. It was great.”