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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. Women 1, Sweden 1 (3-4 in PKs)


U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage
On the match:
“We struggled a little bit in the first half. Sweden, with Victoria Svensson and Lotta Schelin, gave us a hard time. But the back four did great, beside the goal that was just a give away. I think we struggled a little bit in midfield with defending, and then in the attack we got dispossessed too much, so I wasn’t happy about the first half. In the second half, we changed the attitude a little bit, and used our runners up front to get behind the back line a little bit more. We played the ball a little bit faster. When we put Megan Rapinoe wide and played both A-Rod and Tash (up front), I thought that was pretty good. You could see some good flashes, especially when Boxx comes up into the midfield. We created some chances and got some rhythm in the game as well. I am very proud of the way we are coming back and scoring late goals. There is something to be said about that. But penalty kicks are penalty kicks and congratulations to Sweden.”

On the play of Hope Solo:
“I think she was the best player in the tournament and came up huge many times. She’s just playing better and better. She brings out the best in the back four.”

On scoring in the 90th minute for the second this tournament:
“That is a fantastic feeling. We had it against Iceland, and we got it again today. It’s something you need to talk about. There is always a way to score some goals. We came back huge and even though Sweden played a very good game in the first half, we came back big in the second half.”

On the tournament:
“A good feeling they should take away from this tournament is that fact that we didn’t lose. We scored some nice goals even though it was late in the game.”

U.S. Midfielder Heather O’Reilly
On the match:
“I think we were really impressed with the way Sweden was coming at us, especially in the first half. I would say they definitely had the run of play in the first half. After halftime, we solved a couple things, and I think that we pressed them for the entire 45 minutes of the second half and didn’t quit and wound up getting a goal with a minute left so I think that says a lot about us and our character and then penalty kicks didn’t go the way that we wanted. It was definitely an emotional game and you always hope that when you get that tying goal in the 90th minute that you will come away with the thing, so I think we’re all a little bit bummed that we didn’t, but I think that we will learn from it and that things like this are good for us and our development.”

U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo
On the match:
“Sweden is a great team and if you only played 45 minutes against a great team you are bound to lose. Our team, we really didn’t show up to play in the first 45 minutes. In the second 45 minutes, we were stringing passes together and had a good attack but we only got one goal out of it and it was a little too late (to win the game).”

On her play during the tournament that earned MVP honors:
“I was just relaxed, pretty much all tournament. It was a fun tournament, but at the same time very competitive. So I felt myself relaxed in the intense moments and intense in the relaxed moments.”

U.S. defender Shannon Boxx
On the match:
“I think the first half we came out very flat. You could tell in our attitude that we weren’t quite ready to play and Sweden was knocking on our door, they got a goal early and we were playing catch-up the rest of the game. At halftime, Pia said you need more heart, you need more attitude and I think we did a better job of that coming out in the second half. We pushed, we fought, and we got a goal back, which was great. And then it came down to PKs and you know how that goes. Flip a coin, it could go either way.”

On her goal:
“Pinoe was doing a great job all second half playing outside mid just constantly causing problems. Tash originally had it and Pinoe crossed the ball and I ended up being in the right spot at the right time and just had to finish it, so I had the easy part.”

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