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UKR vs. USA Official Quote Sheet

U.S. WNT Head Coach Greg Ryan
On the match:
“I was really pleased, especially with our second half performance. I thought the first half we tried to play good soccer but didn’t have the urgency to put the game away.”

On Milbrett’s 100th  career goal:
“I don’t think any of us were thinking that she would chip the ‘keeper, that is something that just comes to her and that is what great goal-scorers are all about. They see that one one-hundreth of a chance and put it in the back of the net. We’re thinking she’s going to settle the ball and find somebody to play to and then she chips the ‘keeper. If you’re going to score goal No. 100…I mean, what a quality way to make it happen.”

On having young players make their team debuts:
“I don’t really evaluate them on their first game. They get out there and are nervous and excited initially and then the next time they come out they get a little more comfortable and play more relaxed. I thought Tina (Frimpong) played very well. I told her to go forward on every play and just have fun. This was a great first game for her and Carli (Lloyd) as well. It’s a long process for young players and it’s always good to get the first game behind them.”

U.S. Forward Tiffeny Milbrett
On scoring her 100th  career goal at Merlo Field:
“It’s unbelievable. I’ve been thinking that if I get it, no big deal, but it was…What a good tribute for (former Portland head coach Clive Charles)."

On the pressure of scoring in her hometown:
“I had a lot of extra desire today. I think that’s the difference on the goal I scored. I finally stopped thinking about it and just played. Early on, every other attempt I was thinking about 100 and that kind of had me forcing it, but the last one I was in the moment and let my body do what my brain told me to do. It’s nice to get the monkey off the back and move forward.”

On making a good impression for Coach Ryan:
“I think everyone is really thriving under him and that’s the beauty of a National Team is that there is a 40-player pool to choose from and when you bring it down to 18 everyone can really play. That is the thing I most wanted, everyone is dangerous and deserves to be here.”

On how age plays a role in her game:
“Age is important, but at the same time, it’s really how effective you are and how your body is holding up. I train better and smarter now more than ever and I feel even better sometimes than I did in my twenties.”

On teammates setting her up early and often:
“More than anything it was a kind gesture that they wanted me to get the goal. I was putting so much pressure on myself, but to know that they were there for me was great.”

U.S. Forward Christie Welsh
On Milbrett’s milestone:
“I think for the past two games it has been in the back of all our minds. We love Tiff and are so happy to have her back.”

On converting chances in the second half:
“We started out with lots of intensity and I had lots of chances but we got a bit lulled to sleep as the half progressed. We had a good halftime talk and came back out with a renewed intensity and were able to finish on some quality opportunities.”

U.S. Midfielder Aly Wagner
On Milbrett’s 100th goal:
“You can let it effect playing good soccer, but I told her before the game that I was going to pass her the ball for the 100th goal. In the second half I made a conscious effort to play it over to the top to her. It was a great way to get her 100th goal. It was a fantastic finish.”