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U.S. vs. Germany Post-Match Quotes


 Head Coach April Heinrichs

On the match…

“The game was end to end attack orientated. It had spectacular attacking play. I wouldn’t want to loss any other way. Being down 1-0, I wouldn’t want to lose any other way than going out there and continuing to create chances, continuing to get behind them, continuing to get the service that we did. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

On the play of German keeper Silke Rottenberg…

“I think it was appropriate that Silke Rottenberg was player of the match. She was tremendous. She was tremendous on long range serves. I’ll be interested to look at the film and see how many serves she picked off. She picked them off at the near post, she picked them off at the far post. Another thing she did well was support her backline as she had to come out quickly. She really showed range today that warranted her being player of the game.”

On handling such a tough loss…

 “In reflection we will be able to deal with this loss in a lot of ways because that was the best game ever played in women's football. I'm as proud of them now as I was before the kick-off.”

On Germany’s game plan…

“The German team is a great combination team. They solve pressure in tight spaces so it is difficult to disrupt them. They buy themselves time by playing it wide. They buy themselves time by clearing a ball or playing it one touch. By virtue, they are composed. They are very calm and collected.”

Goalkeeper Briana Scurry


On the match…

“Their goalkeeper had a big game. We were around their goal from the first minute. Then they got the corner kick that went off the crossbar and went in, but besides that they didn’t have a whole lot going, especially in the first half. In the second half, we went at them again and had some great chances. I thought we played better, but that doesn’t always get you the win.”

On what the team does now…

“There’s still another game to play. We still have our pride. We’re going to give it all we got next week in the third place game and try to pick up a win.”

Defender Shannon Boxx


On the play in the midfield…

“In the first half we played with a three-man midfield, while they had five. We knew we could control that and I think we had time to possess the ball. I know, personally, I held onto the ball too long and wasn’t recovering very well defensively. You can’t hold the ball long against this team, but I think we did battle well in there. In the second half we started pounding on them, but we just got a bit unlucky.”

Midfielder Tiffeny Milbrett


On the energy she brought by coming in the game…

“I tried to get in behind the defense and make something happen. I felt like we were getting in there and knocking on the door, but we just ran out of time.”

On if not scoring was frustrating…

“No, I didn’t feel frustration out there. I just think we had to take a risk and that’s why we went to a three-back. In a game like that you have to take a risk and we tried. I think we got a few good chances at the end and there were a few that bounced right in front of the game. We just got unlucky today.”

On playing in Portland...

“Down on the field, right in the center of everything, it was electric today.  I have to credit Portland.  It’s been a big soccer city as long as I can remember.  I grew up here watching the Timbers.  The fans here are smart soccer fans.  They come prepared to enjoy every part of the game, not just the goals.”

On the German efficiency...

“That’s what they are.  They’re just soccer machines.  It’s combination play all throughout the field.  Every player out there can be an attacker that really holds possession for them or is dangerous getting forward.  That’s what makes Germany special.”

Defender Cat Reddick


On her experience in the World Cup…

“It’s something I’ll never forget. It’s been the best experience of my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I wish it would have ended with a better result, but I’ve had so much fun and learned so much from the leadership that is on the team.”

Forward Mia Hamm


On her 2003 World cup experience...

“How great this team is in every facet of the way, I wouldn’t change one moment.  Every single player is extremely unselfish, whether they played 10 minutes or didn’t see the field, they found a way to make a difference.  Even in defeat, this is one of my favorite teams I’ve ever been a part of.”

On Germany’s performance...

“When you give up an early goal and you’re playing a possession team, it’s tough to get it back, but their goalkeeper played a tremendous game tonight.  She came up big. They are a team that never gives up.  We knew we were going to have to push against a team like Germany.”

On her World Cup experience since 1991...

“I’ve loved every minute of it.  I wouldn’t change this team for any team in the tournament.  I wouldn’t do it. It’s an amazing group of athletes that became an even more amazing group of people.  I’ve never been a part of a team that genuinely cares as much for each other as this does.  Every member of this team would do anything for any other member, on the field or off it.”

On the 2003 U.S. team’s legacy...

“All these girls in the stands.  That’s their legacy.  They play with so much pride and responsibility and they love what they do.”


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