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U.S. WNT vs. Korea Republic: Post-Match Quotes - June 20, 2013


U.S. Women's National Team vs. Korea Republic: Quote Sheet
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June 20, 2013

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match versus Korea Republic:
“I am delighted for the performance tonight because I thought we worked on some stuff from the last game that we felt we didn’t do that well and we immediately rectified that tonight. I thought we pressured Korea exceptionally well and kept the ball in their half. I thought some of our combination play was outstanding, but overall, tonight was the kind of performance that I expect from a U.S. National Team. I was really delighted.”

On Abby Wambach’s record breaking night:
“It was a fairy tale night. She couldn’t have done it any better, just fantastic. You know she’s a great professional, she’s in great shape and you know, she was really determined tonight to go out there and break that record and she did it in great style.”

U.S. WNT forward ABBY WAMBACH

On her record setting performance:
“It’s special, not only because I could tell my teammates were trying to get me those goals in the first half, but my family was here, it was a great crowd, and a great team performance. I can’t say how much I look up to Mia [Hamm] and how amazing the record that she set was. My teammates have put me in all different kinds of positions to score goals, and I can’t say it enough, and I really through and through believe it in my heart that I’m only as good as my teammates allow me to be. And yes, I score a lot of goals, and yes, I put myself in position to score goals, but they do, too. I can’t thank my teammates enough. It’s a special night.”

On the future:
“Well, I’ve never really been focused on breaking the record, truthfully. For me, it’s getting my body to 100 percent physical health and fitness so I can be performing at my peak in 2015 for Canada. Of course we have to qualify to get to Canada first. For me, my focus and my goal is winning that World Cup.”

On Alex Morgan and her own role on the team:
“Alex is going to score tons of goals in the next few years and I think we have such a different kind of strength. When I’m having a great game she’s probably going to be on the assisting end of things. But I want to be putting her in position to score goals because my legs can’t move like hers and she can score goals in such random positions like she did in the Canada game. She’s going to be a threat for us; she’s going to be scoring the bulk of the goals for our team over the next couple of years. So, if my role becomes the assister, great. If I’m the set piece threat, fine. Whatever my role is to help this team win a World Cup title that’s all I care about.”

U.S. WNT midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On Abby Wambach breaking Mia Hamm’s record:
“Wow. I can’t even believe it. I didn’t think that she was going to have a hat trick tonight, to be honest and to do it sort of close to her home with all of her family here and everything, unbelievable. Four goals in the first half is ridiculous.”

On her assisting on Abby Wambach’s third and record-breaking goal:
“Well she was on two (goals) at that point so obviously ‘score’ went through my head. I just put in a good cross and let her get up there and try to do something…I think Abby is more of a focal point on set pieces anyway, so definitely on that one I was just trying to put something in the area and she loves to go get it.”

U.S. WNT forward ALEX MORGAN
On Abby Wambach’s record breaking night:
“Scoring with her head, with her feet, it doesn’t matter what it is. We definitely thought that this could be the game or it could be in five games, who knows, but we were ready for it and once she got that first goal we knew it was her game. We knew this was going to be the one.”

On Abby Wambach’s fourth goal, which she assisted:
“On that goal, Abby was feeling it. It was on my right foot and I knew that if I passed it, it was either going in off of her or off of a defender. So, knowing that that was the best scoring chance, I laid it off for her. I’m just so happy for her because she’s just been saying to everyone that she wants it to be done and over with and she scores four goals to [break] Mia’s record.”

U.S. WNT defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On Abby Wambach’s performance:
“I think she had her mind set that she wanted to do it tonight. She had three goals in less than 30 minutes. It was an amazing performance by her. It’s the best of both worlds, to score four goals and to watch the rest of the game and enjoy the day.”

On being a part of both Mia Hamm’s and Abby Wambach’s record breaking nights:
“I just remember us rushing the field for Mia and it was amazing to do that for Abby as well. I’m very lucky to be a part of both. They are both special and amazing people in my career. I’m just lucky to have been around both of them.”

U.S. WNT defender CRYSTAL DUNN
Her reaction to the night:
“I felt like I was a part of history tonight. Abby’s four goals, that was amazing to be on the field with her. She’s been so supportive of me coming into this camp and training with these girls who I’ve looked up to for so long. I feel like it’s been an amazing night. The crowd was amazing and just being on the field was great.”

On the celebration after the record-breaking goal:
“All of a sudden she started running and we started running; all of the emotions were just there. It’s just awesome being on the field with her. I look up to her as a player and just as a person, too. I think she’s amazing in every aspect.”

On Wambach as a leader:
“She has a positive tone. Just her being an amazing player she can easily be cocky or conceited but she’s not like that at all. She’s very supportive. If I make a mistake in training, she’s right there to pick me up and make me feel good about myself being in this camp. It’s very stressful obviously playing with the best players in the world and if you make a mistake on the field, she’s always the first one picking me up, making me feel better. I look up to her.”
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