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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 WNT 6, Costa Rica 0

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Head Coach Kazbek Tambi

On the result of the game:
“I think we’re really pleased with the result. Winning the first game in a tournament of this nature is very important for us. The team played very well. The ball moved very well today. We scored on some nice combination plays that led to goals. On the whole, it was a great match and we’re very pleased.”

On Costa Rica:
“I thought, even though the result was 6-0, Costa Rica is an excellent side. Technically, they are very proficient. Their forwards can hold the ball very well. We just happened to score some very good goals but I still believe they are a quality opponent.”

On looking ahead to the match against El Salvador and trying to secure a place in the semifinals:
“If we could get another win under our belt and secure that spot, I think it would put us in great shape leading up to the semifinals, but at this point, we’re just going to take it one game at a time. We got our first result and we’ll scout our next opponent, El Salvador, and we’ll shoot to get that second result.”

On whether the U.S. U-17 WNT are inspired to make it to the full team by being able to qualify for a World Cup at this level:
“It’s very exciting for all the players and our coaching staff to be involved in the first-ever Under-17 World Cup qualifying tournament for CONCACAF and to be playing in these kind of stadiums in front of these kind of crowds. This soccer environment can only be a great experience in the long run, which will help those players that do go up the ladder to the full Women’s National Team one day.”

U.S. U-17 WNT Defender Amber Brooks

On being named captain for the match:
“It was such an honor. One thing my parents tell me I need to work on is leadership. It’s awesome to lead the team and it’s been my dream to be the captain of a (U.S.) National Team.”

On the match against Costa Rica:
“It went well. We came out really strong, got our two early goals and kind of settled in. We had a few too many bad passes in the first half but we came out in the second half and really kept the ball. We had, probably, 80 percent of possession. We finished our chances and it was a great first game.”

On looking forward to the match against El Salvador:
“We’re taking every match one at a time. I’m sure they’re going to be another good team, like Costa Rica, so we’re really excited.”

U.S. U-17 WNT Forward Courtney Verloo

On the match against Costa Rica:
“It was a great game. I think we were all connecting really well, working hard off the ball and for each other. Costa Rica put up a really great fight but I was really excited to come out with a victory today.”

On the feeling of putting on the U.S. National Team jersey for the first time:
“It felt awesome. I’m so proud to represent the USA and play with such a great group of girls.”

On scoring twice:
“It felt amazing. The goals were all a team effort and it just felt really good to be able to put one away for the team.”

U.S. Under-17 WNT Midfielder Kristen Mewis

On the match against Costa Rica:
“It started out a little bit rough because we were all just getting into it and we were all a little bit nervous. But after a while we got our rhythm and started passing and working together really well. It just kind of unfolded and we got a couple goals.”

U.S. Under-17 WNT Midfielder Samantha Mewis

On the team’s first game and scoring the first goal:
“It was really exciting. We all just wanted to play really well because we’ve sacrificed so much throughout the year with training, so it felt really good to be successful today. Our team played great.”

On the first goal:
“Kristen was dribbling down on the left side and she got fouled. So there was a free kick there. She crossed it and I just got my head on it. It was a great cross.”

On what the U.S. can improve against El Salvador:
“I think when we went out, we were a little nervous. Next time, we’ll have to calm down a little at the beginning of the game. We kept the ball pretty well and won, so I think we just need to work on keeping the ball and making the right passes. But, overall, I think we did really well today.”

On what it felt like to put on the U.S. National Team jersey for the first time:
“It’s so exciting, and I’m No. 9, too, so it’s Mia Hamm’s number. I was just so excited. And, you want to represent your country well, so it’s a great feeling.”