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WNT vs. New Zealand: Post-Match Quotes

WNT vs. New Zealand: Post-Game Quotes
International Friendly
Oct. 30, 2013

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the tie with New Zealand:
“We really needed to score the second goal when we were dominating the game but we didn’t do that. At 1-0 there’s always a danger you’ll give something up and that’s what happened tonight. It’s a very tight game at times and a good lesson for us to learn about being able to keep a 1-0 lead and finish teams off.”

On the expectation to win at home:
“We expect to win games, particularly at home. With a home crowd like this, we want to dominate games and we didn’t do that as well tonight as some of our games during the year.”

On making changes for tonight’s game:
“We didn’t just change the lineup tonight, we changed the formation slightly. It takes time and takes time for players to adjust to things. It’s a good time for us in the cycle because there’s stuff to work on.”

On the game plan and what the team can learn:
“We kind of wanted to pressure New Zealand and match up with them in midfield. We wanted to dominate the game. We did at times but at other times we weren’t quick enough to transition when we won the ball or lost the ball. Regardless of formations or anything else, we have to handle the key moments better, particularly the transitions. There are a few things for us to work on and that’s ok.”