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Pia Sundhage and Players Give Reactions to 3-0 Win Against Colombia in Second Group C Match

U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage
On the team's performance:
“I enjoyed it. I have to say I was nervous before the game but after a while and after the first five mintues of the second half, people coming off the bench made the difference. That is one of the strengths of this team. We need 21 players to win the next game against Sweden. Colombia had technical players and I'm very happy with new technical teams coming to play in the World Cup. It's a good thing for the women's game going forward. They kept possession a little bit and we didn't finish all our chances. As long as we create those chances I'm happy and we'll put those away sooner or later, which we did in the second half. We talked about crosses quite a bit [this week] but we scored all three goals on long range shots. That's a good thing.”

On Abby Wambach:
“Abby Wambach had a couple of chances and she didn't put them away today. She will before the tournament ends, I have no doubt in my mind. She's a very experienced player. If you look how teams play against her it helps teammates around her. She will score a goal sooner or later.”

On the next match:
“Right now, I'm only enjoying this victory against Colombia. We will talk about Sweden tomorrow.”

U.S. Midfielder and Bud Light Women of the Match Carli Lloyd
On Colombia:
“I don't want to take anythihg away from Colombia; that was a really hard match. They fought until the end and had some counterattacks. Overall as team we played really well and did some good things. I was in the middle with a different partner this game and thought that went well. Overall there were three fantastic goals and we can now move on to focus our attention on Sweden. We've played them a couple of times and we know what to expect. We just need to focus on the next game.”

On the first goal celebration:
“It was in support of our troops. It was a fanstastic environment and really made the game special. There was a lot of military troops in the crowd and we thought it would be good to salute them. It was fun and something different.”

On the team using different players:
“It's a long tournament and it's not going to take 11 players it's going to take all 21 players. I think that's what you saw today. You saw people come on and step up. Lori [Lindsey] did well, [Stephanie] Cox and Tobin [Heath] came on and did well. We need all the players.”

U.S. Midfielder Lori Lindsey
On her first World Cup appearance:
“It was fun to get the start. We've talked a lot about the depth of our team and the 21 players that are going to help us win. I just wanted to get in there, help the team out and get the W today.”

On replacing Shannon Boxx:
“Boxxy and I are a little bit different players. I just wanted to play my game, keep the ball moving and help us in possession and help us get some goals. I wanted to keep us linking from backs to forwards and forwards to back.”

On the team's performance:
“A lot of people are having fun out there. It was a wonderful crowd, obviously. People are excited and I think we felt that energy. We were having a good game. We just needed to keep trying some different things. It was a little bit unlucky for Abby [Wambach] to not get a goal today, but it was a whole team effort from defense to the forwards. But we can always continue to improve. Colombia is a good team and it's the second game down and we're looking forward to Sweden now.”

U.S. Forward Abby Wambach
On the contributions of different players:
“Pia has made some substitutions and gotten a lot of minutes. It gives everyone a sense of confidence because we have a deep roster. We have many people who can come in and make a difference. [Megan] Rapinoe coming in off the bench scoring that goal, O’Reilly scoring a bomb.” 

On her not scoring:
“I'm just so content with us playing well and winning these games. As for the goals, it's soccer and that's the way it goes sometimes. We're winning and I'm happy for my teammates who are scoring goals…I'm optimistic the goals will come. I can't emphasize enough that if I score zero goals this tournament and our team wins, it doesn't matter.” 

U.S. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe
On her goal and celebration:
“I tried to get good, solid contact and luckily it went in the net. Those big fuzzy microphones are getting in the way of everybody. We thought it would be funny to get those involved and give them their few minutes of glory. The people at home can hear what we were saying. I sang ‘Born in the USA.’ People were supposed to come over and be the air band behind me but I think it was just Lori Lindsey on the air guitar.”

On her instructions coming on as a sub:
“To be able to come on and provide energy. Pia and the assistants wanted me to give that spark and be active. I think I did a good job doing that and give our team some extra legs.” 

On the team putting away chances:
“We want to put away more chances. I put a six-yarder off the post today and Abby [Wambach] had a couple off the post. As the pressure becomes more and more we'll have to be more precise. I think we're happy creating lots of chances and we put three in today on a good team so we're pretty happy about it.”

U.S. Midfielder Heather O’Reilly
On her goal:
“I remember us coming up with the ball after their goal kick. Pia has been emphasizing taking the space in front of you. I had that in mind, took a couple of touches and just shot it. Those are some goals that you sometimes score on the training pitch. You love to see it translate into games like this. You love when it comes off your foot exactly the way you want it to. I hit that sweet spot and let it rip. I knew it had a good chance, it was on frame and would be a tough one for the goalkeeper. Luckily it went side netting.” 

On the team's celebration:
“A couple days ago the troops in Heidelberg had come out to support us at practice. We were really moved and inspired by the support they gave us. Especially here, in this venue, we wanted to do something to support them and the troops who came out to support us today.”

On the USA finishing its chances:
“We're very proud of the result and proud of having three fantastic finishes. That being said we can be even sharper in front of the goal. We can always be better but i think that we are proud of the goals today.” 

On the team's source of goals:
“We've had five different goalscoeres for the five goals; that's a great thing. I think that's a huge positive. Abby[Wambach] has said repeatedly she loves that we're winning. Her goals will come and she just has to keep battling and getting chances. The floodgates will open for her i'm sure.”

On the fan support for the U.S. team:
“The support has been incredible. We love it and once we step in those lines it's about us and our team, but it always helps to hear those USA chants and see so many USA flags in the stands. It just builds you up that much more.”