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Post Game Quote Sheet U.S. WNT vs. Mexico in San Diego


U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage
On Kristine Lilly’s return to the U.S. team:
“It’s nice to have her with this new team. Of course she has to adjust her game a little bit, but what we are looking for is to keep the ball – and she showed that last year in the WPS – experience and reading the game. We will keep an eye on her because she has so much experience, and we need good players.”

On why Lilly was called in:
“She played every single minute in the WPS last year, and Tobin Heath is not here and Megan Rapinoe has been ill and is not 100 percent yet, so we need some options and the she has so much experience. Her passion for soccer is something she brings to the table and I’m inspired just being around her. Let’s see if she makes it, but this was a start.”

On Amy Rodriguez breaking a scoring drought:
“She is working on her finishing. She had a rough year last year in WPS so she is coming back. She provides some speed up top which is good. It’s better for your confidence when you score goals, but she is young. She needs to be patient and learn every single time she is on the field.”

On the match:
“The game today showed that we need to change the point of attack more often and be more dangerous. I think we did a better job in the second half. We made a change in the second half and I thought when we had Lori Lindsey in the midfield and Cheney keeping the ball up top that gives us options. That’s good and fun to coach because I have different qualities on the bench that can bring out something different on the field.”

On San Diego native Rachel Buehler, who has played all 90 minutes for eight consecutive game:
“Buehler? Oh, she’s my role model. Her attitude is something special. She had been sitting on that bench behind Kate Markgraf and Christie Rampone for so long. She had been playing all the games on the bench, getting ten minutes here and forty-five there. She’s my role model because she is a professional player and she brings everything every time she plays and practices. She’s strong, physical, good in the air, so we’ll need her in the future for sure.”



U.S. forward Abby Wambach
On returning, for the first time, to the same field where she broke her leg in July of 2008:
“Obviously, getting a win is important, but walking up that ramp (from the field) instead of riding on a gurney is a little better, I think. We are in the process of (preparing for) 2011 and the Women’s World Cup. We obviously have to qualify first and foremost, but we are trying to solidify our roster, our lineup and we want to play fun soccer. We want to play soccer that is exiting to watch, exciting to play and is an attacking style because we believe we can be the best attacking team in the world. We had a lot of chances on goal, and I wish we would have finished a few more. But we take a lot of positives away from today’s game for sure.”

On the match:
“Player for player, we probably had a little bit of an advantage against the Mexican side, but they played us pretty well. Defensively they came out and three-back formation in the first half and then went back to a traditional 4-4-2 in the second half. They have an inexperienced, young team and we’ve also got things that we’re just trying to work on. We want to play attacking style soccer. We want to get after teams and get as many chances on goal as possible, but we want to finish more than we did today.”



U.S. midfielder Kristine Lilly

On playing for the USA for first time since 2008:
“It felt good. I was a little nerve-wracked in the beginning, but it’s actually kind of good getting thrown in there. Pia called to me (on the bench) and said I was going to go in, and I was just like ‘alright.’ But it was good. My touch is still a little bit off, I’m just getting it back through preseason but once that comes back I’ll feel a little bit better.”

On the U.S. team she has returned to:
“This team is running. This is my first game with them and they are running. I saw some highlights against Germany in Portugal and the midfielders go through so that not only makes it really dangerous for the other teams but also so fun to play.”

On her on-field goals:
“The goal for me is to make a roster for the next game. It’s baby-steps right now. Pia called me in for these two games and I made this roster so hopefully with my play today I can get a shot the next game against Mexico. It’s different, but I know I’m in a different place right now.”



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