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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Canada

Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. U-17 WNT 1, Canada 0
2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship - Championship
May 12, 2012

On the pride he has in his CONCACAF championship-winning team:
“It’s really hard to describe, but they’ve shown so much heart for these last few months preparing in Spain and now in this qualifying tournament. It’s a special time for the girls and it’s brought them together and you can see their pride in playing for their country. They knew they had to put everything they had into this second half to defend as well as we did and time after time we made plays that were necessary in the back. It wasn’t pretty, but we made them, and that’s what you have to do to win championships.”

On the team defending:
“I have to give credit to our team for defending as well as they did for a good 45 minutes in the second half. A lot of credit to Canada, I was very impressed with the way they played, but our girls showed a lot of character and we’ll learn from this and it will only make us better heading into the World Cup.”

On how a 1-0 victory in a final can help his team grow:
“It gives us confidence and helps us believe. Maybe things weren’t going as well as we would have liked in the game, but you believe in each other and defend well and do what it takes to win games. It’s not always pretty and rarely are finals attractive games so we showed a lot of heart, a lot of fight and there are going to be games like that.”

On the match:
“It definitely was a battle. I thought we were probably the better team in the first half, but in the second half Canada threw everything they had at us. We defended quite well, and didn’t play as well as we would have liked but, at the end of the day, championships are rarely pretty and we got the result.”

On how this tournament benefited this team in preparing for the World Cup:
“It definitely brought the team even closer, which is kind of hard to believe because this is a special team that cares about each other. But two weeks together in Guatemala has helped us grow as a team and has brought the coaching staff closer as well. It’s a special time for all of us and we learned some valuable lessons in this tournament. (We learned) a few things we need to work on and that will make us better for the World Cup.”

U.S. goalkeeper JANE CAMPBELL
On the match:
“It was definitely tough. Canada played a great game so hats off to them, but our back line was really solid throughout the whole tournament. I was really proud of them in this game and they didn’t let anything through.”

On looking forward to the World Cup:
“Winning this game definitely sends a message throughout our team and throughout the country that says we are ready to play and we’re getting ready for the World Cup. We’ve got a few more things to take care of before the World Cup, but this game was definitely a confidence builder for us.”

U.S. defender MADDIE BAUER
On the match:
“I thought Canada put up a great performance. They were a really tough opponent and came at us really hard in the second half, but we held our own and kept fighting and didn’t let any goals in.”

On winning the regional title for U-17s:
“I can’t describe it. It’s such an amazing feeling. I think we are going to really let it sink in and enjoy this.”

On the battle with Canada:
“We all knew that we just wanted to win, whether it was going to be a pretty game or not, we didn’t really care. We just wanted to come up with the win and we did so we are proud of that.”

On how the tournament helped prepare the team for the World Cup:
“Coming out of CONCACAF with no goals against, it was a really solid effort for our back line, and also getting 26 goals for the attack. This is a really big confidence booster for us and we are going to keep running with it and get better and better until the World Cup.”

On the match:
“It was a very good game. Canada came out very strong and put up a good performance, but we handled the pressure well and put up a good fight as well. We forced the ball sometimes, but I think we solved it throughout the game.”

On her breakaway goal:
“I thought I would hit her, but I shot (the ball) at the right time. She came out well, but I was able to slide it in.”

On the match:
“Canada is a great team and we totally respect them and we knew it would be a battle from the very beginning. Amber got us that great goal, our defense held strong and Jane was great in the back to help us with the win.”

On playing five games in 11 days (Basinger played every minute):
“We have a great recovery program and (strength and fitness coach) Robbie (Elliott) helps a lot getting our legs back under us so it wasn’t that hard, but I am definitely going to need a break after this.”

On how the tournament helped prepare for the World Cup:
“This definitely helps us. We’re ready to go and we know that our competition is going to be really strong (in Azerbaijan) so in our training sessions over the summer we are going to have to work really hard and continue to get better.”