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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT 2, Norway 1

Post-Match Quote Sheet:
U.S. WNT 2, Norway 1
2012 Algarve Cup
March 2, 2012

U.S. head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match and Norway’s organized defensive tactics…
“I think we started off the game quite well, but got a little bit impatient. If teams put pressure on us, that’s perfectly fine, but we need to work on changing the point of attack and recognize when it’s on with a big ball in order to break them down. That will be the key.”

On the play of Sydney Leroux…
“Winners create winners so to speak and you can feel when Syd comes off the bench, something is happening, not only with her and the way she’s playing, but also with her teammates. Hopefully that will be the case going forward. She has a long way to go, but today she did well.”

On moving Amy Rodriguez from the right to the left midfield which produced the game-winning goal…
“I though A-Rod on the right side was a little too complicated and she gave away the ball and wasn’t effective. I can tell she’s more comfortable on the left and (Megan) Rapinoe can play on both sides. So we just switched them and told (Rodriguez) to stay wide and try to beat that player and that’s what she did. After that, I think she had a pretty good game and made it pretty hard for that right back to deal with her.”

On her plans for the Japan game…
“I am not there yet. I want to enjoy this game and the fact that we scored two more nice goals.”

On the match…
“Historically USA vs. Norway is always a battle and a good game. We really respect their team and their 4-5-1 poses a bit of a problem in the midfield. They’ve got a lot of numbers, but I thought we got better in the second half utilizing the wings, our speed up top with Alex Morgan, and obviously when Sydney Leroux came on, she had a couple of decent runs at goal. Overall, I think our team played well and we had a lot of chances and I think we were unfortunate at times.”

On her fellow forwards…
“Both Sydney (Leroux) and Alex (Morgan) are stepping into their roles. As forwards, it’s our job to score goals. I think it’s really important that when they get the time, they make the best of it. Sydney and Alex are doing just that.”

On the winning goal…
“It was a great ball from Buehler over to Amy Rodriguez. Then Amy does what Amy does and she gets herself open and puts the ball on a platter for Sydney to go up and beast it out and put that ball away.”

On whether it is more important to win or develop the team towards the Olympics…
“They go hand in hand. When Pia first took this job, she said, ‘I don’t want to win games just to win games. I want to play the game and respect the game and win the game play beautifully.’ We try to do that every single time we step on the pitch no matter who we are playing against. We expect to win games, expect to play well, and when we don’t, we consider that a failure. We’re working on so many different things – from our back line to different formations to different personnel – trying to figure out who is going to make the Olympic roster. So there’s a lot at stake for a lot of these players. And of course for each team there is a lot at stake, there is pride at this point. We want to make it to the final of the Algarve Cup and that’s our goal.”

U.S. goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On the U.S. back line, which featured six different players against Norway…
“Norway has a lot runners coming through the midfield. They start with one up top, so it’s a little bit deceiving because we think we have numbers up, and their runners come through the midfield, but we picked those runners up well. We continue to have a high back line which we’ve been working on, but we dropped early to absorb the runners coming through and everyone we put out there did a good job tonight.”