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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT 2, Canada 1


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. WNT 2, Canada 1
International Friendly – Sandy, Utah
June 30, 2012


U.S. head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match…
“I think the first half was good. It was exactly what we expected and worked on. The game plan worked. The second half was a little shaky, we made four changes and it’s hard for the players to adjust right away. Despite that, if you look at the last 15 minutes, when we changed to 3-4-3 and really wanted to get that goal, I am really proud of our players. They believe in what they are doing and do it well.”

On players coming off the bench and making an impact…
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the players coming off the bench make the difference. If you look at Heather O’Reilly for instance, late in the game, she got in a few crosses. I am very happy with the team.”

On if her team is ready for the Olympics…
“We are ready. We will send them home for a nice break and I only have good things to say about the team. We are full of confidence and we’ll have fun at the Olympics.”

On the performance of Megan Rapinoe, whose crosses set up both goals…
“It’s all about decision making for her. She is good on the ball and she is dangerous with her crosses and set plays. She has a good game when she makes the right decisions in the flow of the game. If she’s too eager and she’s too fancy she can be average, but I think today she was splendid.”

On taking Alex Morgan out of the game…
“She got a knock on her knee, but she will be fine. In the Olympic send-off game, you don’t want to take any risks and we wanted A-Rod to play as well so that was the perfect time to make a change.”

U.S. forward ABBY WAMBACH
On what the team got out of the match…
“We won. It was really hot and the altitude is tough to handle, but I am pleased with the way that we played and with the game management at the end. I felt like we kept the ball away from them and went to a 3-4-3 in the last 15 minutes of the game and it was tough for them to get any attack going.”

On her back heel leading to Amy Rodriguez’ winning goal…
“For a split second, I thought maybe it would go in, that would have been awesome, but thankfully A-Rod was there to make sure to finish it in the net.”

On the team making “snow angels” to celebrate the winning goal, in tribute to the fans who came out to watch the team in freezing and snowy temperatures during the team’s last visit to Utah in 2010…
“We wanted to pay tribute to all those fans who came to watch us play in the snow. Salt Lake City fans are special. They get the game and they showed up today and so that was our celebration to show them how much we care about them coming and supporting us.”

On midfielder Megan Rapinoe…
“She had a fantastic game. Her set pieces balls into the box were on point. We wanted to get her the ball as much as possible. She created so many opportunities for us, and for me. A confident Megan Rapinoe is a very difficult player to play against and I think she will show up in the Olympics like she did in the World Cup.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On her play on the flanks…
“I was able to find quite a bit of space in the first half. I was trying to stay out wide a little bit more and occupy that space and get crosses in. It was clicking a little bit for me today and it was fun.”

On if the team is ready for the Olympics…
“We feel pretty good. We want to play a little better, possesses a little better, but I think we had a lot of chances and that’s good. We’ll have to put those away in England. It was an awesome challenge for us going even in the second half and then coming back to get that late goal, so we’re feeling pretty good. We’re happy.”

On playing in the 90-degree heat…
“It was so hot. I felt like I had a fireball in my throat. Usually the attacking players don’t play the whole game as we have a lot subs, so I was looking over to the bench for my number (on a sub board), but I was having too much fun to come out.”

U.S. goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On playing in front of another big crowd…
“We’ve had great fan support since the World Cup in every city we’ve been to in this last year. And that’s a testament to how far the women’s game has come and really the quality of play we’ve brought to the United States. So we are hoping that the people ride that wave of excitement from the World Cup into the Olympics.”

On making a huge save on Canada’s first shot of the game in the first half…
“It was deflection. It’s not the clean, diving, beautiful save. It was scramble, just get to my feet and try to keep it from going across the line. It’s not the save I want to make, but it was just a reaction.”

U.S. forward AMY RODRIGUEZ
On the match…
This was the perfect pre-Olympic game for us. Canada is such a great team and always puts up a great fight and they are difficult to play against. In front of all these enthusiastic and animated fans, it was a lot of motivation out there and gave us confidence going into the Olympics. We want to be as prepared as possible for the Olympics and this game against Canada did that for us.”

On her goal…
“It was a ping-pong play. Megan Rapinoe, who was playing great the whole game with some excellent crosses, hit a left-footed in-swinger, kind of behind the defense. Canada got a touch on the ball and it went to Abby and she got a flick on it and it went to me and was jumbling around and I got my toe on it. It was so close to the end line it was hard to miss.”
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