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Quote Sheet: WNT 6, Jamaica 0


U.S. Women’s National Team Quote Sheet

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage
On the match:
“First of all, I am very happy we won the game and scored some nice goals. Part of the game was pretty good and it’s nice to see a country like Jamaica come up pretty big, especially in the beginning of the game.”

On beating Jamaica’s offside trap:
“Obviously, we were offside too many times. We talked about it at halftime and changed the formation a little bit, still playing 4-4-2, but trying to use the wings a little bit more. It’s about sending players from behind and playing these diagonal balls. We did a little bit better in the second half, I think. This is a really good game for us to start to handle the pressure and playing against a very high back line.”

On her goals for the next match:
“We want to win in two ways. We want to win the next game and win respect with the way we are playing. That means not only scoring more goals than the opponents, but also the playing style. We saw some good things out there today, but we could sharpen up the attack a little bit and keep possession even more, and especially switch the point of attack and have better timing on our penetrating.”

On if she is focusing on which team the USA may play in the semifinal:
“We don’t look at it that way. We look at the next game. We want to stay focused and make sure we are prepared. If you want to win (the tournament), you have to win every game, so we have not started to think about the next opponent (in the semifinal) and the next opponent after that. We just look at the Mexico and want to win that game.”

U.S. midfielder Lindsay Tarpley
On the match:
“I thought it was a really good game for us. We scored six great goals and Jamaica played a really high line, so it took us a while to figure out how to break them down but eventually we did. We can learn from this game and it can help us build our confidence. Jamaica played a different style than we’ve seen in a while so I think it was good for us to solve it and figure it out as a team.”

U.S. forward Lauren Cheney
On the match:
“We did well handling adversity. They took their time on the ball early in the game and continued that throughout the game. We did a good job keeping our composure, just playing soccer and not letting it get to heads.”

On Jamaica’s defensive tactics:
“I think they did a good job. They got us offside quite a few times, but once we started to figure it out, and calm down and just knock the ball around instead of just knocking it over the top, I think we did a good job with solving it, especially in the second half.”

U.S. forward Abby Wambach
On the match:
“It can get pretty frustrating when you play against an opponent who is just trying to frustrate you. They were trying to slow the game down, prevent as many goals as possible, and I think Jamaica did a really great job of doing that.”

On Jamaica:
“I think Jamaica has a lot of really great athletes and the more that they can get organized the better off their team will be. They don’t have much experience and this group of players (on the U.S. team) has never played them, so it was good to play them for the first time.”

On if she is thinking about winning another gold medal in Beijing:
“That was then and this is now. Our concern right now is qualifying for Beijing 2008. We like to move forward and we don’t like to look back. As much as we appreciate and love the fact that we won the gold medal (in 2004), that’s in the past. This is a much different team now, so moving forward, we want to try to win this qualifying tournament because we know that the teams that get to the final make the Olympics.”

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