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U.S. Women's National Team vs. Korea Republic: Post-Match Quotes - June 15, 2013

U.S. head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“We talked about how we wanted to get a good start, so we started very well for 20 minutes and then we allowed them to get back in the game. So, the first 15 to 20 I was really pleased with and then in the second part of the first half, I thought we really took our foot off the pedal. We allowed them to come back in the game so I was a bit disappointed with how we played in the second part of the first half.”

On why Abby Wambach and Hope Solo didn’t start:
“Well, we’re looking at this as a two-game series and we’re looking at game time for different people, so we kind of worked that out before the match. For some players we worked out the specific times that they were going to be on and Abby [Wambach] and Hope [Solo] were two of those players. So there was nothing secretive behind that.”

On the continued development of the U.S. team:
“There’s more than just about the results with these games. We’re looking at two things, one is the result obviously, but we’re also looking at the performance and there are aspects of our performance that we need to improve on if we want to improve as a team. When we do the things we can do well, we’re a really, really good side. When we switch off and start doing sloppy things, we become an average side and we have to tighten up in those areas.”

On scoring her first national team goal in front of her hometown crowd (Mewis hails from Hanson, Mass.):
“It was just amazing to be able to play in front of my friends and my family and [Sydney Leroux] made a great run down to the end line and kind of did all the work. I just kind of tapped it in because I was there and it was the best feeling in the entire world.”

On her goal:
“I just saw that the back post was open and that whole area was kind of open so I just figured I’d make a run in there and it ended up slipping through and I just tapped it in. I owe it all to [Sydney Leroux], she was a little upset with me because I didn’t run to her at the end right when it happened just because I was so excited but I owe it all to her. It was the best.”

On playing in the city where she plays her club soccer with the Boston Breakers:
“The city has welcomed me with open arms and it’s been a great time so far. It was great playing in Boston. I finally feel like I have a place that I can call home and Boston has been amazing.”

On Mewis’ goal:
“I’m so proud of her [Kristie Mewis] and I’m obviously happy that I could assist on her first national team goal.”

On the match:
“I think there’s obviously some things that we need to clean up. We weren’t perfect, but I think next game will be a little easier because we know what to expect. I think they’re very good with keeping possession and picking off those little passes so I think we need to be more and careful and just be a little bit better.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN BRIAN
It’s great – it’s probably the best thing to ever happen to me. I mean, it’s a dream come true. You play soccer for your whole life and this is what you look forward to and you dream about this. It was pretty great.

On the atmosphere…
“It was awesome. All these people and we’re just playing for Boston and the tragedy that happened here, so it was great, and getting a first cap is always a dream come true. These people and my teammates made it great experience tonight.”

On if she was nervous getting her first cap:
“You never expect it, but you always have to be ready to cross that line when they call on you. You just have to be ready and it was great. I’m glad Tom (Sermanni) gave me a chance.”

U.S. goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On playing her first WNT match since February:
“I have a long way to go. I haven’t played for five months, so it was my first 45 minutes in five months. I’ve still got some work to do, especially playing on turf, I better learn how to play quickly on turf since the 2015 World Cup will be on it. My kicking was a little off and distribution and things like that, but it felt good to be back here and back behind the back line.  It was also great to see players like (Kristie) Mewis jump into the defense and just play like a star. I was proud of that.”

On coming back from her long break:
“I’m not going to lie, I had a nice break. I stepped away from the game and I think everybody needs a break from time to time. It made me come back with a lot more grit. When you’re doing it day in and day out, you can kind of lose your rhythm a little bit. But I took five months off, I came back and I’m ready to start building for the World Cup and for qualifying next year.”

On competition for her position:
“I thrive off competition. We have some of the best goalkeepers in the world and course competition helps you stay at your best.”