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U.S. Women's National Team vs. Ireland Post-Match Quotes


Pia Sundhage
On the match:
“We struggled a little bit in the attacking third, but we tried some overlaps and give-and-go and Ireland fought for 90 minutes. It was good to get a win.”

On how the players performed in their first match after the Olympics:
“I think they did a great job. They kept the ball and kept possession. We’ll talk about going into the attacking third. We talked about switching the point of attack, which will be a key in the future of the women’s game. I think we could speed up the a little bit, but we’re trying and it will be better and better.”

On Heather O’Reilly’s performance:
“This is a special moment for her, and for me to be part of her 100th cap and that kind of goal. Just before she scored the goal, we changed to a 4-3-3 to get her higher and get her more involved in the game. We scored two really nice goals and I’m really happy that Heather got the goal because today we talked about what we should be working on – shooting and finishing. It was great for all of us to see that goal.”

Captain Christie Rampone
On the match:
“We were a little rusty, but the fans were great and that makes it more exciting. We want to thank them for all our support.”

On playing in front of the U.S. fans:
“It’s nice to be back in the States and having the American fans here. They don’t probably know how much we appreciate their voices because it’s so nice to hear them cheering and gives us a boost and adrenaline. It makes us even more proud to play for our country.”

Heather O’Reilly
On getting honored for her 100th cap:
“Honestly, every game with this team is an honor so the fact that I have 100 is truly amazing. I think I have the best job in the world, doing what we love every day. I’m definitely very, very fortunate.”

On the crowd:
“Having 13,000 people here was awesome. Philadelphia should be really proud of putting together such a great atmosphere and event here. It sounded much louder than 13,000 fans, the energy was great throughout the whole entire game. We’ll come back here at any time.

On her goal:
“That’s a goal scorer’s dream goal, so I think I can go to sleep a lucky girl tonight.”

U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart
On playing in her home state:
“It's awesome, especially coming off the Olympics and the success there. To come have this great support and all the fans in Philly near my home, it was great to see everybody and be back home again.”

On what separates the different levels:
“It’s skill level and speed of play. Everyday at practice we are training against each other so you have the best group of players all training against each other everyday for countless hours and countless days and months and you're only going to get better when you train like that so it's definitely a different level.”

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd
On playing in Philly:
“It was awesome. A great atmosphere. Good to have a lot of my family and friends here, so I enjoyed it.”

On the match:
“It's tough after three weeks of not playing. We just need to keep plugging away and keep training and get prepared, which will benefit us all when the WPS starts up.”

On the team's expectations going into the Achiever Your Gold Tour:
“We're looking to have fun and give the fans some good soccer, some fun soccer to watch. That is important for us as well has having everyone out there playing and giving everyone a chance to get some wins.”

On the time between now and the next Women’s World Cup, the start of the pro league:
“Because of the league, were going to have a different National Team schedule and we probably won’t play as many international matches. We'll continue to train with Pia as our coach as she has some new things he wants to try. I'm just looking forward to playing in the league and on the National Team, but I’m also hoping to get some vacation in before the end of the year.”

On the crowd in Philadelphia, which will start play as a franchise in the WPS in 2010:
“It will be good. What great fan base for soccer, and sports in general. The beginning of the league will be great and then Philly will go from there.”

On Heather O’Reilly earning her 100th cap:
“I think the sky’s the limit. She’s young and it’s great to celebrate her 100th cap. She’s just been a tremendous player for this team and so impactful and I think anything is within her grasp.”

U.S. defender Heather Mitts:
On returning to Philadelphia, where she played in the WUSA:
“It was amazing to find out that Philly was the first city we were coming to and obviously it holds a special place in my heart. I was very excited to come back. It has been a long time since I played here and was great to play in front of the fans again.”

On her expectations for the tour:
“After the Olympics most of us took a lot of time off, I know I did personally. The first time we really touched a ball or did fitness was this week so it kind of showed tonight on the field, but at the same time we came away with a win and were trying to have fun out there. We try to keep that in mind even when things weren't going our way we were still having fun. I think we were enjoying ourselves and that showed in our play and in the result and I think the fans had a great time too so that's all you can ask for.”

On the crowd:
“I was so exited. Our fans are amazing, it brought back memories when I played for the Charge. The fact they showed up tonight only shows great things for what’s in store for the women’s pro league when they come back.”

On the Olympics:
“I've never been so focused. To be out there playing for team and my country at the Olympics was just an amazing experience and every single game I was out there my confidence grew more and more.”

On her attacking down the wing:
“I'm always looking to get into the attack. Against the better teams you can't really get as much into the attack but tonight I was able to. I would have liked to even more but right now my fitness level wasn’t the best after taking some time off after the Olympics, but hopefully next game it will be better.”

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