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U.S. Women's National Team Quote Sheet - 2008 Peace Queen Cup Final

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage

On the match:
“It was a battle, but you want to finish in the final, finish with a goal and finish first and we did that. It was great for us to come up with a win that way. The energy we got from this game, we will bring to Beijing.”

On giving playing time to many players at the Peace Queen Cup:
“It’s good for all of them to get some playing time. All of them have done great. We won the tournament because of all the players we brought here.”

On the USA’s scoring late goals this year:
“The fact that you played to the very end (in the Final), every single minute is very important. Sitting on the bench knowing that we have scored so many goals late, I gain confidence. We know that the team can do it.”

On Angela Hucles, who took tournament MVP honors:
“Hucles had a great tournament coming off the bench to change the game and starting a game. She was very effective switching the point of attack and changing speed. She has improved her game tremendously from the first time I saw her in December. That’s another good player in the midfield and we need that.”

U.S. midfielder Angela Hucles

On the winning goal:
“I set the ball down and looked up and Lauren Cheney was wide open at the near post. I was looking to play her in and I kept it low on the ground. Let’s just say she did a nice fake over the ball to allow it to go in. The intention was to play a quick ball and catch the Canadians off-guard…The ball was slightly over-hit and caught the goalkeeper off-guard and slipped in.”

On the overall experience at the Peace Queen Cup:
“I think this is great preparation. This tournament has been high quality games against top level opponents. We’ve been in pressure situations, obviously a final match like this coming down to the wire, you can’t get anything better than that. I can’t think of anything better to get us ready for Beijing ’08.”

U.S. forward Abby Wambach

On the match:
“I think we definitely had more chances than they did. But on the flip side they definitely put us under pressure and allowed us to really work on our set pieces in the defensive third. Sometimes those are the things that separate teams from winning championships and losing championships so the more we can work on that now the better we will be in Beijing.”

On the winning goal:
“If you had a camera on me, I was upset that Ang was taking it quick. It was towards the end of the game, last minute or so, and my theory is just bang it into the goal and see what could happen. Ang played the ball short to Cheney, (but the pass) was a bit long. McLeod comes for it and is slips right under her, touching her as it was going in.”

On the overall experience at the Peace Queen Cup:
“I think it was great for us, to be over here in Asia, to (experience) this environment. South Korea has been really great, we’ve had a lot of fun and we’ve got a lot of players some playing time. Now the coaching staff has the tough decision to name the final roster for the Olympics and we are looking forward to going to Europe and having a successful time there before coming back for our two games against Brazil before heading over to Beijing.”

U.S. defender Christie Rampone

On the match:
“It’s always a battle when we play Canada, It’s always competitive, but it was good. The team really kept going and fighting until the end….we just persevered.”

On Angela Hucles:
“She had an awesome performance. Starting or coming off the bench, she changed the game every time she was in there and it’s exciting to see players playing like that heading into the Olympics.”

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo

On handling quite a few balls in the penalty area:
“I expect that from Canada. Tons of crosses, tons of set pieces, tons of ball on the back line, you name it, this is a typical Canadian team. This is what happens every game.”

On the winning goal slipping past the Canadian goalkeeper:
“It looks easy, but it’s a difficult save. It’s right beside your feet. You have to get down for it. It’s between a front smother and a dive. I feel bad for her, but she played great. She came up with some big saves to keep her team in it.”

On the U.S. back line:
“I have so much confidence with every single defender we put into the starting lineup and that means everything going into the Olympics.”