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Post-Match Quotes: USA 1, NGA 1

U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis

On the match:
“I would like to congratulate Nigeria. I thought it was a terrific game and end to end. I’m just very proud of our players today. I thought they battled, but we met a very talented and very challenging opponent. I thought our back line was strong, I thought the goal we got was terrific and the goal from Nigeria…there’s just not a lot we can do about that. It was a world class strike.”

On the match:
“I think the players battled hard. To create chances late in the overtime period showed that, mentally, they were committed to the entire game. Nigeria was hunting a goal and there was only so long that we could sustain it. I thought their goal was a special one, but for the most part, we limited their chances.”

On her players:
“On the day, my heart goes out to my players. They’ve worked very hard for this opportunity and I think they’ve all grown in the process. I’m just extremely proud of them and their efforts and I want to thank them for making the past 18 months a terrific experience.”

On the USA dominating the first half and Nigeria having more of the game in the second:
“I think a lot of it was fatigue and that’s why we used our three substitutes in this game. It is tough to get the ball back from them once they have it, but really I thought we worked very hard. They are a dangerous team over the top and dangerous team underneath so we constantly had to work hard on defense. At the end of the day, yes, we could’ve and should’ve put our opportunities away to clinch the game, but unfortunately it didn’t fall for us.”

On looking forward for the players:
“I think for these young players, their hearts and dreams were set on winning the U-20 world championship, but it’s certainly not the end point for them. I told them every experience here they need to take with them because they all have dreams of being on the full team as well, and this is part of this process. This level is about a desire to compete and win world championships, but it’s also about their development. I think these players have definitely learned and lot for this experience. I told them there will be another game for them.”