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U.S. WNT vs. Sweden: Post-Match Quotes - March 7, 2014


U.S. WNT vs. Sweden
Post-Match Quotes – March 7, 2014
Algarve Cup – Group B

U.S. WNT head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“I was pleased with how we played in the second half and how we upped the tempo and how many chances we created, but in this game, you have to score goals.”

On his first loss as head coach of the U.S. WNT:
“You’re always going to lose games in football. That’s how it works. Sometimes you win games that perhaps you should have lost, sometimes you lose games that perhaps you should have one. But as I said, today we missed a penalty at nil-nil and in the last fifteen minutes we had four very good goal scoring opportunities and if you don’t take those, that makes a difference.”

On the big picture:
“It’s not just about winning or losing at the moment, but also really analyzing the performance. I think in the second half, and particularly in the second part of the second half, I was really pleased with the performance.”

On scoring just one goal in two games so far at the Algarve Cup:
“Normally, we’re a team that scores goals. Last year, we averaged between three and four goals a game, and in these last two games against really quality opposition, we created more chances than I thought we probably would have created. But at the moment, we’re just not scoring. So the only thing you can do is keep trying to create them, keep trying to make sure players’ stay positive, keep getting into goal scoring positions and hopefully turn it around.”

On Lotta Schelin’s goal:
"Schelin is an outstanding, world-class player. If you put balls in that area, she’s likely to score. But outside of that, I think it was really the only (significant) shot on goal that Sweden had.”

On Sweden’s defensive organization:
“We knew that was one of the strengths of Sweden. They are very well organized, very disciplined, particularly defensively, like most of the Scandinavian teams. They have a strong structure in that regard and they frustrated us for most of the first half. Obviously, if we had scored the penalty, that would have opened the game up a little bit, but we really managed to test that organization and discipline and tenacity, particularly for the last 30 minutes of the game, and certainly at that time we created enough chances to win the game.”

U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the match:

“In the first half, we pressured them really well, creative opportunities and got the PK. It’s just one of those things going on in this tournament, we’re creating chances, we’ve got the work ethic, the desire, the will and for some reason, they are not going into the back of the net. It’s alright, though, we still can work on some things, we still can learn and now is the time to get the kinks out and move forward and prepare for our next game.”

On creating enough chances to tie or win in the second half:
“We had a lot of chances and I think every single sub that came on; the Mewis sisters, Press and Apple, did a fantastic job. We couldn’t’ have asked for anything more from them. We created chances, there some suspects calls, a few could have gone our way, but overall I thought one was going to get in the back of the net. We’re all disappointed, but at the same time, we have to break it down, move on from it, learn from it and get ready for the next game.”

U.S. WNT defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On the match:

“This was a tough one. We definitely had more of the ball, not necessarily the best possession we could have played with, but we definitely made Sweden defend a lot and credit to them, they kept fighting and battling and cutting off the passing channels and blocking shots. We definitely had the run of play, we just didn’t finish, so now it’s back to practice to get ready for the next game.”

On the young players coming off the bench in the second half and making an impact:
“The young players came on and did really well. They brought a lot of energy, were very positive and were making good runs. They gave that effort we needed at the end of the game. It was a good taste for them, we got two first-cappers and hopefully they can get more.

On looking forward to the final group game vs. Denmark:
“We haven’t played our best soccer in the last two games. We need to get back on the field and do what we do best. We need to stay composed, knock the ball around, play with our mentality and have a good game against Denmark.”

U.S. WNT midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On earning her first cap:

“I was excited to get my first cap and it was a lot of fun to get out on the field. I went on at the same time as my sister, which was really cool, and the girls were all really helpful in instructing me and helping me out, but I am really disappointed that we lost.”

On the match:
“It was a game of ups and downs and back and forth. The ball seemed to be in the air a lot, especially when I was on the field. Bit we did some good creating, especially on the flanks, so it was really disappointing to not get a goal or two.”

U.S. WNT forward SARAH HAGEN
On earning her first cap:

“It felt great to get in. I had a few opportunities that I wish I would have been able to finish. To be able to get some playing time was great and coming in in a game like this where it meant a lot for our team to win, it felt good to play a role.”

On having several chances to score in her brief time on the field:
“I felt like when I came in I was able to make somewhat of a difference, getting on a few balls in the air and we had a few dangerous crosses. I wish I could have gotten on the end of one of Carli’s crosses, but we definitely started to create more opportunities, unfortunately toddy we couldn’t finish them.”


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