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Post-Match Quote Sheet: USA 1, Sweden 0


U.S. Women’s National Team Quote Sheet

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage
On the match:
“I thought it was a pretty interesting tactical battle and a physical game, especially in the midfield. It was really good to play against Sweden as they are a great team and that is important when you go into the Olympics.”

On the match:
“(Sweden had) some fast players up top, but still the back four did a great job again. They have some physical players, tall players, players who are good in the air in the midfield. I think we struggled a little bit in the very beginning, but after a while we picked it up. If you look at 90 minutes, we kept possession and had some good moments and overall I am very happy with the game.”

On the match:
“The results itself is not that important. Of course you gain some confidence, but we working on some tactical stuff. At halftime, it was nice to hear the players say they need challenge themselves and not play that direct. Even though they played against good players in the midfield…Boxxy and Carli played great.”

On what she wants to accomplish in the final two pre-Olympic matches against Brazil:
“Continue what we are doing and emphasize finding the rhythm. We are trying to speed up the game and slow it down a bit and try different players off the bench because the bench will be very important in the Olympics.”

U.S. forward Abby Wambach
On the match:
“Great team, great crowd, great city. Playing a team like Sweden before an Olympics is nothing but good for this team to get all those young players the experience at that high speed, high pace level. The game was non-stop. Granted, there weren’t a lot of great chances for either team. Maybe the one (Heather O’Reilly) hit off the crossbar, but Carli (Lloyd) really took it upon herself to score that goal and it was huge.”

On preserving a 1-0 during the entire second half:
“It’s great for this team to get pressure when we are up a goal. To almost feel as though it’s tied because you can’t ever play for just a one goal win. We are never the team to do that. We always want to get that second goal to create the distance from the other team. I’m just pleased with the way the game turned out…Sweden is a great team and it would be an amazing game to watch if both of us made it to the second round of the Olympics.”

On winning in Sweden with a Swedish head coach:
“Of course, it’s great, but if it were another coach it would be just as good of a win. It’s a little bit sweeter because it’s here in her home country, but Sweden is a great team and they made a lot of subs towards the end of the game so it shows that their reserves are as quality as their starters.”

U.S. defender Christie Rampone:
On the play of the back four:
“Getting better and better each game. We are really connecting, especially against great competition. It can’t get better than Norway and Sweden, two of the top teams in the world. It’s great because we are trying new things and being successful, but at the same time raising our game.”

On facing a Sweden team with some talented attacking players:
“The team did really well under the pressure. Yes, they came at us, but I think we held them and were confident and composed. As much as it may have looked like they kept coming at us, I think the defense really felt secure with our shape and our position.”

U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart
On coming into the game at halftime and making a big save right away:
“It’s always tough to come in at halftime because you’ve been sitting for 45 minutes and you’ve warmed up once already and you have warm back up quickly, get back in and be mentally focused and ready to go. So to get a big save like that early in the game, it’s always helps with your focus and getting into the game.”

On the save on Therese Sjogran’s shot:
“I don’t even know what happened. It happened so quickly, all of a sudden the ball was just right at me and I had to make a quick reaction save.”

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd:
On the play in the midfield:
“It was a huge battle today. There were some good tackles, some bad tackles, but overall I thought we did well to keep possession and had some good combinations. We solved pressure well, played short, played long and got around the outside.”
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