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U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Guatemala: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 13, 2014


Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Guatemala
CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group A
Jan. 13, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On being able to rest quite a few players in the third group match:
“It was obviously super important because there are some players that have played a lot of minutes and to have the opportunity to rest them and give them extra days of rest will be huge for us in the semis.”

On the match :
“It took a little while for us to display some sort of patience, whether it was cutting inside into numbers on the dribble or playing balls that were trying to split defenders when we could have played simple and wide. But, we finally ended up getting a goal, and we were especially dangerous on some set pieces in the first half. During the run of play in the second half we showed what we can do to be dangerous.”

On her impressions of the team after all three games:
“We have a lot of versatility in our players in regards to the positions they can play. When we demand things of them, they’re able to translate that information and put it on the field to show us that they understand the things we are working on. Lastly, they have a fight to them. They respond when they know they haven’t played well so to know those are some the characteristics of this team will be great moving forward.”

On the back line and goalkeepers allowing zero goals in group play:
“We continuously have been working on the continuity within our back line and we’ve spent a lot of time off the field with film. The fact they were able to go out there and execute the things we are asking them to do is great. We know as we move forward, there’s going to be some more challenges ahead of us, so there’ s still some areas we need to clean up to keep a clean sheet throughout the tournament. With having a new back line coming into this tournament, they’ve done really well.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder RACHEL HILL
On the match
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“I think we had a hard time getting into our rhythm at the beginning of the game, but as time wore on, we started to connect passes more, work together more and our movement was a lot better. That played a role in helping us get the game going.”

On what her favorite goals were from the night:
“Too many. “Sav” [Jordan] put in a solid PK, I think McKenzie finished well today, she had some solid goals, Mallory really lit it up when she came in, so I think everyone did well today.”

On her one-goal, four-assist performance:
“I think I did pretty well. I saw the field pretty well tonight. Some passes were a little off, but then you’ve just got to work hard to get it back.”

U.S. U-20 WNT defender BRITTANY BASINGER
On the match:

“We started off slower than we wanted, but we finally got it under control and started knocking the ball around like we wanted to. We kept possession and then the goals started coming.”

On winning 10-0:
“Our goal is always represent the USA as best we can and work as hard as we can for each other. We want to make a statement for the next game, and I think we’re ready.”

On scoring a goal as a left back scored from a tight angle near the end line:
“I’m not really sure what I was doing up there, but when I saw it come off the ‘keeper I was ready to knock it in.”

On looking forward to the semifinal:
“The next three days we’re just going to try to get our legs underneath us and get ready for the semifinal because that’s the game that will get us to the World Cup.“

U.S. U-20 WNT forward MCKENZIE MEEHAN
On the match:
“We weren’t that satisfied with the first half because we weren’t clean in our passing and we weren’t keeping great possession. We were getting a little anxious and going up the middle instead of playing wide. But at halftime, we made some proper adjustments and had a better second half.”

On her hat trick:
“A lot of the goals were team goals. The first one I was just in the right spot on the corner kick and the last one Rachel hit a really good ball and I just took a touch and finished it.”

On moving on to the semifinal:
“We’re excited for the playoff part of this. We came here to qualify for the World Cup so now that’s on the line in the next game. We are taking it one game at a time, but we want to win the semis and go on to win the whole thing.”


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