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Emily Bruder

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. U-17 WNT 5, Trinidad & Tobago 0
2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship
May 5, 2012


U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA
On the USA’s sub-par finishing early in the match…
“We have to put the ball away when we have our opportunities. I thought in the first half we could have easily been up four or five nothing and that would have made it a much easier game for us. Instead, we had to fight through it, which also helps us, as it builds some character. Trinidad made it difficult for us, but we have to learn to put teams away.”

On the better finishing in the second half…
“In the second half, we were definitely much more efficient in our finishing and that was the difference. We created about the same number of opportunities in the first and second halves, but I think they tired out a little bit and our midfield did a good job of moving the ball around and we put the ball away.”

On resting several starters and giving some reserve quality minutes…
“It’s important not only to rest some of our starters, but to give some of those other players some confidence. Look at Jo Boyles coming in and having an assist and a goal and having an immediate impact on the game. That’s definitely going to help with her confidence moving forward in this tournament.

On the team’s depth…
“I’ve said all along that we are a deep team and can put different players in there. (Lauren) Kaskie and Toni Payne, two very good players, we were able to rest them today and Midge Purce played the full ninety [minutes] last game and she’s one of our tops forwards, but we decided to rest her and keep her fresh for Mexico. It’s very valuable when we have players that can come in and make a difference.”

On looking forward to the final group match against Mexico…
“Our mentality from day one has been to be the best team in the tournament and in order to be the best team you have to win all the games from start to finish. Our goal is going to be the same from the start, let’s go out there, win every game and play better soccer as the tournament goes on. I thought this was a much better performance than the first game and hopefully against Mexico we will raise the level and I think we will. Our team is ready for that challenge so we are looking forward to continuing to improve as the tournament goes.”

On the U.S. back line…
“I thought we were solid all the way around. Trinidad is an athletic, dangerous team and we definitely limited their chances on goal. Jane (Campbell) came up big when she needed to and that’s important and difficult. For a goalkeeper that doesn’t see as much action, and all of sudden she is asked to make a big save and she did. So that also builds confidence for our back line and goalkeepers.”

U.S. defender MADDIE BAUER
On the match…
“Trinidad and Tobago came out really hard and it was a lot different than our first game. We were under a lot more pressure but I think just communicating with our teammates, making sure we were organized on the long balls, and just talking and having a good shape kept us together with zero goals against so that was good for us.”

On lessons learned from the game…
“I think we learned once again we can’t underestimate any team. We have to come out hard every single game because we never know what some teams are going to bring. Each game is just as important as the next and this game could be the difference in qualifying and not so we just have to come 100% every single time.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN ANDREWS
On Trinidad & Tobago…
“They came out fighting. They’re a great team and an absolute fun team to play against so I congratulate them on that. I think we played better as the match went on. We really got the nerves out in the first half and then in the second half we brought our ‘A’ game.”

On looking forward to the Mexico game…
“We just really have to finish our chances. We won’t get as many moving forward, but we have a full day to rest and will be ready to give our best effort against Mexico.”

U.S. forward EMILY BRUDER
On the good fight put up by T & T…
“It challenges and prepares us for Mexico because that’s going to be another challenging game and we need to expect it’s going to be harder. We need to be ready so we can move on to the semis from there.”

On the better second half finishing...
“We figured everything out at halftime. Albertin and the coaches gave us everything we needed to know for the second half and we went out there and solved our problems, and probably could have had more goals.”

U.S. midfielder SARAH ROBINSON
On the match…
“I think we started off pretty well, but we just weren’t finishing our chances. So during halftime, the coaches were saying to put away the chances and get an early goal in the second half. I thought once we got that goal in the second half, the others just started coming.”

On the play of the U.S. midfield…

“I think the midfielders did a great job today. We were able win most of the fifty-fifty balls and play some dangerous balls to our forwards and we were also a threat to score.”


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