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U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Mexico: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 19, 2014

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Mexico
CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Final
Jan. 19, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On the match:
“I’m extremely proud. Mexico has great players and they were extremely organized, disciplined and very threatening. For us to be able to weather the storm at times during the game, respond with some great passing series’ that led up to some fantastic goals, it was really an exciting win for the players.”

On the entire roster contributing to the tournament title:
“There were some players coming into the tournament that we didn’t know how much time they were going to get or how much they would contribute. But, as I’ve said throughout this tournament, every single player contributed in some aspect to help us become successful, so not only did they grow as a team, but individually they really grew up.”

On breaking the game open with the second and third goals:
“The great things about the second and third goals were the movement of the ball, the tenacity to get in the box and finish. The variety of the goals was also great. To get that second goal allows you to just kind of breathe a little better, but at the same time, a two-goal lead is always a scary lead, so I was just happy we were able to get the third.”

On losing two starting forwards for the semifinal and final:*
“It’s incredible for players to come into an environment that they haven’t been in very often and immediately make a difference. We saw that with those forwards that came in the last few games for us. We couldn’t be more proud of their focus and their overall development in this tournament.”

*Makenzy Doniak broke her hand and returned to the USA for surgery and Lindsey Horan was recalled by her French professional club Paris Saint-Germain.

U.S. U-20 WNT defender ANDI SULLIVAN
On the match:

“Mexico constantly fought and they kind of disrupted our rhythm a little bit, much more than the opponents we faced previously, but despite that pressure, we came out and got four goals. I am super proud of my team and impressed with us for getting that result.”

On the team’s growth through the tournament:
“It’s been an amazing two-and-half weeks, and this is an amazing group. We’ve come together so much as team. Some girls hadn’t even met each other until this trip and those new players were on the field and they stepped up. That’s a testament to their talent and our team chemistry. We’ve grown up. The professionalism of dealing with fans and the environment, it was difficult to adjust to, but as the tournament went on we only got stronger.”

On lifting the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship trophy after she captained the team on the night:
“Lifting the trophy with the confetti flying in the air, I felt like I was going to cry. I had to keep myself together. Iit was an amazing feeling to get to hold the trophy and celebrate with my teammates and become CONCACAF champions.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLAND
On not allowing a goal over the five games of the tournament, the first time the USA has accomplished that feat in a CONCACAF U-20 tournament:

“The fact that we didn’t’ allow a goal through five games is incredible. It makes me so proud. Not only my back four, but the whole team defensively was outstanding. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE
On the match:

“Mexico had some offensive threats that we knew we had to take care of, so I think our defense did a very good job at that. Offensively, we were patient, we didn’t force anything and we were able to get four goals.”

On her goal that made it 2-0:

“I just looked up and hit it first-time. It was a great build-up, great combination play. After that, it really opened the gates for us to keep scoring more.”

On playing in her first U-20 international matches at this tournament:
“I’m super proud of the team. It’s super exciting for me. This was my first tournament with the National Team and my first international games so I’m proud to be a part of it.”

On the match:

“They were a phenomenal opponent to play against. They made it really difficult for us to find the back of the net. It was a hard-fought game the whole time, but they were so much fun to play against. I loved it.”

On looking forward:
“Winning is good and it was our goal to win this tournament. Now we go back to the drawing board, look at film, and fix the things we need to fix so we can go back and be even better than we were today.”