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Post-Match Quotes: U.S. WNT 4, China 0


U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage

On the match:
“Four nice goals and I’m happy that we tried to knock it around a little bit and didn’t play that direct. Carli Lloyd and (Shannon) Boxx did a tremendous job in the middle…we made a lot of changes (in the system and players during the game). I liked it and they seemed to have fun. Four goals is fun.”

On using the Algarve Cup to get ready for Olympic Qualifying:
“Everything we do, they try to improve. They seem to expect changes and they really want to play, knock it around a bit and take chances. I like that and they like that, so that’s a good combination.”

On learning from each game:
“Every game is a teacher. I think that’s a fun part of soccer.”

On Tobin Heath getting her first goal, Angie Woznuk getting her fourth cap and Rachel Buehler getting her first cap:
“The youth is coming and that’s a perfect time, especially for me, to have the veterans and blend that with the youth. You can’t beat that.”

U.S. forward Abby Wambach
On getting her first goal of the year at the Algarve Cup for the third time in the past four years:
“Often times for me, it takes me about a month or two to get my wits about me, or maybe my legs. The trip to China (for the Four Nations Tournament) is often times a trip for me gain my fitness, and when I get my fitness, things seem to come together.”

On getting her first goal of 2008 after not scoring at the Four Nations in January:
“As a professional, you want to achieve the best every time you step on the field. For me to feel as though I’ve done my job, it’s scoring goals. If I don’t do that, I feel a little unsatisfied so I think getting out of that three-game slump is a good feeling.”

On the team’s performance:
“We play a possession-oriented style right now and we’re still working out the kinks as far as who is playing and starting, but I’m really proud of the team the way we came out and played today.”

U.S. midfielder Lindsay Tarpley
On the team’s development:
“We’ve been working hard the last two months at playing together and playing off of each other, and I think today everything kind of came together. This was a huge step for us and we had a lot of fun out there.”

On the team’s play in the match:
“What’s exciting is that everyone is contributing. We have a lot of different options and we’re just very dynamic right now.”

U.S. defender Rachel Buehler
On her first cap:
“I’ve been dreaming about this forever. After playing on all the youth (national) teams, playing on the (full) National Team became even more of a dream and now it was finally a reality. I played in a real game against a real international opponent, and it was awesome. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity and it was really, really fun.”

U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath
On her first career goal:
“The goal was pretty exciting for me. I stripped the back of the ball and took a good touch. The goalie was coming at me and I just tried to get it up and over into the far side of the net.”

On contributing to the win:
“I was really excited to get into the game, especially at halftime. The team was already playing extremely well and the momentum was going for us. It was fun to be able to play out wide, get the ball at my feet and being able to contribute a goal was an added bonus. The whole team played really well.”

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