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Quote Sheet: DiCicco and U.S. Players Discuss Win Over England


U.S. head coach TONY DICICCO
On the game…
“England was a very good team and they are well coached. They forced us to change the way we played tonight and I think if they had gotten on the board first tonight’s game could have been very different.”

On the keys to the game tonight…
“I thought in the first half England did a very good job of not letting us play our style. So we had to change the way we played and then work back to our style as the game went on.”

On which team he’d like to face in the semifinals…
“Both teams are very good and both teams have excellent players. We’re happy to be in the game and either opponent is going to be very difficult.”

On working with the team over the course of the tournament…
“It’s always difficult in a World Cup to play so many games in a short time. That is why we rested some players against China to hopefully have them fresher for today. If you can take a six game tournament and make it a five-game tournament for some players that really helps.”

On how his team has been received in Chillan…
“We want to play every game in Chillan. The people have been wonderful to us and I am proud of the way our players made friends with the people of Chillan and the people of Chile. We felt that coming back to Chillan was like playing in our home stadium.”


U.S. midfielder and Sierra Mist Woman of the Match KEELIN WINTERS:
On the game…
“I think we have to give a lot of credit to England because in the first half they were really battling with us. In the second half we came out with a little bit more desire and I think that’s what it came down to tonight.”

On the change in the team for the second half…
“In the first half I thought we were struggling to win the 50-50 balls and in the second half I think we were winning most of those balls. I think that made a huge difference as we were able to get our forwards the ball.”

On whether the Americans are the favorites now…
“On any given day anyone can come out and win these games. We would love to reach the final and our goal is to win it but it’s going to come down to who wants it the most and who shows up on the day. If we can come together as a team the way we have been I think we have a chance to win it just like any other team.”

On the USA’s two potential semifinal opponents…
“I don’t think we fear either team. I think we’re more concentrated on our game rather than on other teams game and style of play. In the end, what’s going to matter is how we play as a team.”


U.S. forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On the game tonight…
“I think there were some nerves, but we knew what we had to do to turn ourselves around in the second half. The change was just us realizing that if we didn’t step it up that we could be going home. We’ve all sacrificed too much to go home now.”

On whether she’d rather play Brazil or Germany…
“It doesn’t matter who we play. We’re just going to go out and play like we played in this second half and I think we’ll be able to compete with whoever it is.”


U.S. midfielder CHRISTINE NAIRN
On her thoughts entering the game...
"I just tried to take into account what the coaches told me before I went in. They told me to be a defensive presence and to try to get forward and make something happen. I just went in with the mentality that I wanted to have an impact on the game in some way."

On assisting the game-winning goal on her second touch...
"Nikki (Washington) was supposed to take it so she just told me to run all the way over there to take it when I went in. My first cross wasn't that great but the English player headed it back to me and I knew everyone would be at the back post. I just hit it and they did all the work to get it into the goal, I just put it in that general area."

On how she felt after the game...
"I actually got kind of emotional at the end of the game. I was just so happy and it was just a good win, especially coming off a 2-0 loss. It was just great to win and I think it was a statement that we really want to be around for the rest of this tournament."







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