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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT 4, China 1


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. WNT 4, China 1
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May 27, 2012


U.S. head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match…
“I’m very happy scoring goals but the happiest thing for us was we changed the game. We struggled a bit in the first half but we turned it around in the second half. It’s good. The halftime talk was good with the players.”

On closing in on the Olympics…
“We have not played a lot of games, so it’s a little bit of a concern. The more games you play, the better it is and this game was very important. We made some changes and I think that Lauren Cheney was one of the factors why we played better in the second half.”

On China as preparation for facing North Korea in Group play at the Olympics…
“Asian teams play technical soccer and they try to keep it and they try different things defensively. Sometimes they play high, sometimes they play lower and that’s exactly what we can expect from North Korea.”

On choosing Sydney Leroux for Olympic team…
“She brings exactly what you saw today. She almost scored a goal, she was involved, and in the last 12-13 minutes that’s exactly what we needed. We went from 4-4-2 to 3-4-3 to push it forward. If you want to do that in the Olympics, we need to work on it and I thought the answer we got from this game was pretty good. Especially when you almost force everything forward you take some risks in the back, you need a player like Syd because her attitude is good on both sides of the ball.”

On the fans at PPL Park…
“It’s great. You look at the crowd and it makes a difference. In the Olympics we’ll have big crowds, in the World Cup we had big crowds and you have to deal with that feeling as well and you should take that advantage. If you’re not used to it sometimes it’s hard, it could even make you a little bit nervous, but now playing in front of this crowd is almost like having a 12th player and it’s fantastic.”

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN

On almost getting a hat trick…
“I thought I might have gotten it at the last minute but it went wide. I’m really happy with two goals and the finishing our team was doing today.”

On her 2012 so far…
“My touch has been on a little bit more. I just feel a lot more comfortable getting more playing time, and playing time up top with Abby. We anticipate each other really well so I think just that little element added a lot to our game.”

On switching to 3-4-3 at the end of the game…
“It’s great to get that practice in a real game environment because come Olympics if we’re down a goal or if we’re tied and we need that extra goal it’s good to practice that now so we’re comfortable come Olympics.”

On Sydney Leroux…
“Syd has been a great addition to our team. She just brings that energy that you need sometimes off the bench. In practice, she’s very competitive and she’ll give 100 percent all the time so she just gives a lot of effort so just credit to her. I’m really happy that she made the team. I was really confident in Syd, I played with her for a couple years with the U-20s, so she and I play really well together and I was confident in her making this team.”

U.S. midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the atmosphere and coming home to Philadelphia area…
“I don’t think the atmosphere could have been any better. We had a perfect field and the fans were phenomenal, we repped our new jerseys, so there were a lot of great things and we were all happy to play here. I was happy to play here in front of my home crowd so it was a lot of fun.”

On second half adjustments…
“We were a bit frantic in the first half, I don’t know exactly what it was but I think we calmed down in the second half, made some changes and we just relaxed a little bit more. China high-pressured us right off the get-go and obviously teams can’t stay with us and do that for 90 minutes so they definitely got tired a little bit in the second half. Overall it was a good game and everybody contributed.”

On China’s technical play and how it will help prepare to defenses USA will face in the Olympics…
“Japan is going to be good on the ball. North Korea is good on the ball; Colombia as well, so it’s great preparation. Anytime we can play a team that’s very technical I think that helps our game elevate a lot more.”

U.S. forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the start of the match…
“We really started slow. To be honest we played pretty bad in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game. We had a tactical game plan that we just could not follow through with and at the end of the day it’s about execution. Sometimes, for some reason this team likes to get itself into some interesting predicaments and we like to work ourselves out of those. I’m proud of us for not getting too down on ourselves in the first few minutes when we conceded. Getting that goal and getting that second one before halftime was important.”

On Alex Morgan...
“She’s the Baby Horse so there are things that she can do that not only shock us but she’s so strong in a 1v1 opportunity. Before she even got in behind the defender on the third goal my hand was straight in the air, I knew she was going to score. It was a great ball in behind by Christie and Alex scores goals that’s what she’s out there for.”

On chemistry with Morgan when only playing every month…
“We’re playing every day in practice so sometimes we get five days off here and there but we’re playing day in and day out together, learning from each other, intra-squad scrimmages, we’re doing everything we can to prepare for the Olympics.”

On playing in front of a sold-out crowd…
“Performances like this, to play in front of a sold out crowd in front of our fans, it is awesome. It is one of the best experiences. I was telling Christie Rampone today it’s kind of funny because when I first got on this team I was totally spoiled. We were playing in front of crowds like this when Mia was on the team but we took a little bit of a lull throughout the mid-2000’s and now we’re back on top. Selling out crowds leading into one of the most important World Championships of our lives so far, we have a really big statement to make and I think that games like this are just preparation for the Olympics. I can’t wait.”
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