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Post-Match Quotes: U.S. WNT 5, Australia 4


U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage:

On the play of Abby Wambach:
“It was a physical game, exciting I would say. I think Abby played one of her best games and (Australia) were very physical, but it was one of her best games.”

On losing a lead, but coming back to win:
“There is something with this team that we refuse to lose. The way we’re winning is different, but playing in games like this is so important for us to deal with. This is another good result by the U.S. team.”

On giving up four goals:
“We’ve got to work on that, including possession just outside our box and the pressure on the ball has to get better. It’s not a big deal, and we just have to work on it.”

On picking the Olympic squad:
“We still have a game (against Canada) in Washington on May 10. And then we have a camp in May, so right now we have 27 players, something like that, and we’ll pick out 18 sometime in June. Overall, I feel we have the core of the team and I’m pretty happy about that.”

U.S. Defender Cat Whitehill

On the long free kick she sent in that led to the game-winning goal:
“It was a long distance ball, and when you have an Abby Wambach up there you just want to aim it towards her head and she’ll create something. I think she heard Angie Hucles say, ‘Flick it, flick it’ and Angie came running on and scored an incredible goal. I’m so happy that we came away with the win.”

On playing at home:
“It’s fun to play in front of your hometown. I love Birmingham, and I love being here. It was such a treat, and I’m glad we were able to give everybody a win.”

On what they need to improve:
“Not allow four goals against us, that’s for sure. This team also comes to win and I think that’s key with this team. It’s great for us to come back from adversity, and come back from being down, 1-0. When you’re tied 4-4 and you come back to win in the last 30 seconds, that’s great for us and good preparation for us for the Olympics.”

On what allowed Australia to come back:
“I think we got a little less physical as a team, and we were getting stretched. When you’re up 4-1 sometimes you think it’s going to be hard for them to come back and I think that got in our heads a little bit. We just got a little lazy on the ball and our passes were off the mark as we weren’t really possessing the ball very much. They scored two quick goals and one really sick goal. That kind of stuff happens, but it’s a testament to our team that we still won, 5-4.”

U.S. Forward Abby Wambach

On the match:
“I’m just proud that we didn’t quit. It’s really easy, especially in extra time, to just concede and walk away with a tie, but today we didn’t want that as our result. We refused to lose, or tie. I’m proud of my teammates.”

On the game-winning goal:
“Cat struck a great ball in and I heard Angela making a run in behind me. She said ‘flick it’ so I flicked it, and she did the rest. The ‘keeper had the near post covered and Angela put it in the only place that was open on the near post. What a great goal; could be the goal of the year.”

U.S. midfielder Angela Hucles

On her game-winning goal:
“Cat played a great ball in and everyone was pushing forward trying to make one more effort. I saw Abby was going to head the ball, so I called for it and she flicked it back. Everything aligned pretty perfectly and I was able to finish.”

U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo

On the team giving up that many goals in the match:
“No team, defense or goalkeeper likes to give up that many goals, so we’re going to go back and watch the game and see where we need to make corrections.”

On the importance of winning a game like this:
“It uplifts your entire team when you score in stoppage time. We’re a fighting team. We’re not going to lose. It gives us so much confidence.”

U.S. midfielder Lindsay Tarpley

On finding ways to win in the last seconds:
“As a team, I think you grow the most during these tough times. Having these types of games and situations is definitely helping us prepare for the Olympics.”

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