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Post-Match Quote Sheet: WNT 2, AUS 1

U.S. Women’s National Team Quote Sheet

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage

On the match and making multiple substitutes:
“We struggled a bit in the first half I think, but then we came back and made some changes. A player like Angela Hucles in the midfield did great.”

On the U.S. defense:
“I’m very happy about the back four. I think this was one of Kate Markgraf’s best games and Christie Rampone as well. They played against a fast forward and they did very well and the result was good.”

On changing players and formations during the match:
“We had to try different players and the team is strong enough to play pretty much any player. We are prepared to play against different styles and we can change our style as well. We changed to 4-5-1 in the last 10 minutes and look at Abby the way she played attacking midfielder. That is good news for us.”

On gutting out the win:
“When you go into a tournament it’s always good to have a win instead of a tie. That is good for the confidence and we go from there. We will not only look at the result, but also how we did in attacking and defending.”

On scoring off a set play:
“I’m very happy. We will continue to work on set pieces. It was a good goal for my confidence and also for the team’s confidence that we can do it.”

U.S. defender Kate Markgraf

On the match as compared to the USA’s last game vs. the Aussies, a U.S. 5-4 win:
“The thing about Australia is that they are going to be really well organized and really well coached. They know how to play against us…In the second half, we kind of got our rhythm a little bit better and played a little bit better. We still gave up a goal, but at least we didn’t give up four goals. We didn’t score five, but we won and that’s what we’re happy about.”

On continuing to improve as a back line:
“Every time you give up a goal, you’re disappointed, but I’d rather be giving up goals now and learning from them rather than giving up goals in August. Every time you give up a goal it’s actually exposing a weakness we need to work on.”

U.S. defender Heather Mitts

On the gelling of the back four:
“Every minute that we play, every game that we play, we are feeling a little more confident back there and playing together. Today’s win was a big one for us because the last time we played those guys they gave us a really tough game. We let down at the end of the game, and I thought (today) we played a good 90 minutes.”

On Australia:
“They are a tough team. We always have a really hard time against them. They battle for 90 minutes and De Vanna up top is one of the fastest players in the world, but I thought we did a really good job against her today. They just have some really good players, but we stepped up and took care of business.”

U.S. forward Abby Wambach

On the match:
“When you play a team so many times, it sometimes becomes a dog fight. Their head coach Tom Sermanni, he’s a really great coach. He knows tactically how to keep us from scoring a lot of goals. He’s reliant on their transition and maybe equalizing and getting a lucky goal and they did that today.”

On Australia scoring seven goals in three matches on the U.S. this year:
“Australia is a great team. They’ve been showing that to us every single time they step on the field. Personally, since I practice against our back line every day, for another team to score as many goals as they have the past three games is a credit to their offense. Defensively, we’ve been doing the best we can and I know firsthand how good our defense is, so credit goes out to Australia.”

On scoring off a corner kick:
“We’ve been focusing on our set plays this past week and it’s nice to get the affirmation that what you’re doing is right. If you see the replay…you’ll see that it went off the back of my head, so a little bit of luck involved in that.”

On her goal:
“Australia is good in the air. They are good putting a body on you and trying to do their best to clear the ball and they were doing really well up until that one play. I just got a little bit higher and I think my body actually turned around a little bit. It went off the (ponytail).”

U.S. forward Natasha Kai

On her goal:
“It was an early pass (from Heather O’Reilly). I saw it and just beat the defender to the ball. I had a first touch and then I just poked it in with my toe.”