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U.S. Women's World Cup Team Quotes - Oct. 9, 2003


Midfielder Kristine Lilly

On how important the third place match is to the team…
“It's very important.  We want to finish this World Cup on a high note and that’s what Saturday is about. This World Cup is not over. Unfortunately, we aren’t playing in the game we wanted, but this is still an important game to us as a team because we want to prove to the world that we are a great team.”

On putting in their best effort against Canada…
“Any team playing in the World Cup has the goal of playing in the Final. You could say that since we didn’t achieve that goal that we were done.  But for what the sport has done for us and for Women’s World Cup itself, you can’t disrespect it. Our team has never gone into a game disrespectful and I think this is a perfect example of our team stepping up again and being ready for the game against Canada. I think we have a lot to show.”

On Canada’s rise…
“In the last five years, I think they’ve put a lot more time and commitment behind their team. Probably some money as well as they’ve invested in players. I think the WUSA has helped some of their players with confidence and experience. They’ve come a long way and if you look at a lot of teams in the World Cup this year, they have all come a long way. Canada is a perfect example of that.”

On Charmaine Hooper…
“Charmaine has been one of the players that has been around the longest and she’s very competitive, so she’s a strong leader for their team.”

Midfielder Shannon Boxx

On how she found out she had been picked for the FIFA All-Star Team…
“I found out from our press officer. He called me and said congratulations and I was like, ‘You’re kidding, right?’ I just kept saying, ‘you’re kidding, you’re kidding.’ It’s really great and just unbelievable. It just goes right along with every other amazing thing that has occurred during this tournament.”

Forward Abby Wambach

On her experience in the World Cup…
“From the first game in Washington D.C. to moving on in the tournament, the minutes I’ve gotten on the field have enabled me to show my family, my friends and the rest of the country who I am. It’s been an incredible ride and without the other players on this team it wouldn’t have been as much fun. Why I love this team so much isn’t necessarily what happens on the field, but everything I take away from this experience off the field.”

On regrouping after the loss…
“That was one of the harder things I had to do. The next day I would see a veteran and tears would well up in my eyes. I feel horrible for them because it is their last World Cup. It’s a good thing we have one more world event before they say their final good-byes, but it’s going to take a lot of determination to get back on top. I know everyone is willing to put in the time and effort. Getting completely over this though won’t be possible because we are going to be using this as fuel going into the Olympics.”

On Canada…
“They are a great team and sometimes it isn’t about how you play, it’s about how you finish. Canada has definitely been making a name for themselves. They are a young team and they get results. That’s the bottom line with Canada. You can’t take a team like Canada lightly.”

U.S. captain Julie Foudy

On moving on after the loss…
“You can’t rewind the tape and you can’t have that game back. There’s got to be a positive that comes out of it, and that is to get better and get to another level.”

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