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U.S. WNT vs. Germany: Post-Match Quotes - April 5, 2013

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Women's National Team vs. Germany
International Friendly
Offenbach, Germany
April 5, 2013

U.S. head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
"Overall it was a fair result and a competitive, exciting game that showed the quality of the two best teams in the world. It's always disappointing when you're winning the game with 10 minutes to go and you end up drawing. But the positive side for us is we created some very good chances. We knew it was always going to be very difficult to come here and get a result."

On the match:
“It was an exciting game. It was very competitive and it showed the quality of the two best teams in the world. I want to congratulate Germany for coming back to equalize in the last 10 minutes, but for the spectators it was a great game to watch. Both teams tried to attack and win the game and there was some good quality football.”

On if he was surprised that Germany played much better than in the Algarve Cup Final on March 13:
“I wasn’t surprised, because I thought three weeks ago the Germany team played very well. They’ve got some extremely talented players. They also play with a great deal of confidence in each other and with a great deal of composure. I wasn’t at all surprised and we knew it was going to be an extremely difficult game tonight, and more so than (at the Algarve Cup), part of that was because of the crowd. The game we got tonight was exactly what we would have anticipated.”

On creating many chances to score:
“On the positive side, I thought we created some very good chances tonight, more so than we did three weeks ago, so they will be disappointed, but overall I thought it was probably a fair result and they’ll get over their disappointment.”

On six goals being scored in the second half and giving up the lead:
“It gets a wee bit crazy when that happens, but it was terrific game. Even in the first half when it was obviously a little bit tighter, it was still a very good game between two very good teams. I think overall we created the best of the chances, and more chances, but at the end of it we’re probably a bit disappointed having been in front and probably should have sealed it up.”

On starting Crystal Dunn and Kristie Mewis, who had three caps each heading into the match:
“That’s part of the process. If we are going to test players out, you’ve got to test them out in this environment. I thought Crystal and Kristie did exceptionally well and proved their mettle.”

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
On the match:
“In the first half we were still trying to get our rhythm and Germany was winning a lot of second and third balls, but we came out in the second half and had the better of the opportunities and we finished them. Unfortunately, they came back, and that hurt us a little bit, but we got the tie in the end and it was so loud out there, so away in Germany with them preparing for the Euros, we’re ok with the tie.”

On several young players getting to play in a big game in front of a big crowd:
“It’s really great that we’ve been able to play Germany so much in the last 6-8 months and been able to put different starting lineups out there, especially for the younger players to get this experience It’s not often that the you have the number one and two teams play each other so frequently so it’s great to see the younger players out there. They did very well tonight. We came out with the tie and now we are looking forward to the Netherlands.”

On her goal which came off a beautiful assist from Lauren Cheney:
“Cheney and I play really well together. We’re always on the same page.  She played the ball over the top and I don’t know what the defender was doing, but I got there to play it over the ‘keeper. I was really happy that I got that goal and I thought we had them at that point when it was 3-1.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the match:
“The atmosphere was brilliant. It was kind of choppy in the first half, a lot of back and forth.  I think it settled down into a much better game in the second half, obviously with all the goals. The atmosphere was awesome. Having a packed crowd like that, even if it’s against us, it’s nice to have the noise going on.”

On her goal:
“Those are the ones you want so bad and every now and then you actually get it. It hit the sweet spot. It was nicely laid off by Abby and I just had at it.”

On playing on 100th anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation:
“It’s always an honor to put on the jersey, but it’s pretty amazing that it’s been around for 100 years.  It’s nice to be a part of it and know that everything is going on back home and have that extra support.”

On the match:
“Obviously, we would have wanted the win, but I think we can be happy about a lot of parts of the result. To come into Germany in front of a packed house all against us and come away with a tie is not too bad. It gives us confidence going into the next game and we’ll hopefully get a win out of that.”  

On the match:
“I think we came out really strong in the second half, we usually do, so it’s a credit to us. We scored some great goals and unfortunately had one called back that probably should have stood. At the end of the day, Germany proved to not quit with two goals after 80 minutes. We had a chance even in the 92 nd or 93rd minute with Sydney on the corner.”

On the match:
“It’s just disappointing because when you are up two goals with 10 minutes left, you assume you are going to get that result. It’s something to learn from. We got (Kristie) Mewis and Crystal Dunn, pretty young and new to our team, starting against Germany. Give them credit for coming and doing really well for us.”

On playing on U.S. Soccer 100th Anniversary:
“Any time you get to play is special, especially in front of a great crowd like we had tonight, especially in Germany against a fantastic side. It’s just a bonus that it was the Centennial today and I know a lot of people are back in New York City celebrating the right way. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the win, but we are going to learn a lot from this game. Usually the U.S. is on the other side of ball as far as scoring late goals like they did today, so we just have to go back to the drawing board and make sure that never happens again.”

On her goal, the 154th of her career, off an assist from Megan Rapinoe. #ChasingMia:
“You have to give credit to Megan. She makes a ridiculous move to meg her player and gets around. She always said if I get around my player on the end line, I am probably going to shoot, but she was just so deep that she put that cross in and I was open on the back post. She had a great game today, and if she keeps performing well she is going to be one of those players that steps up and wins games for us.”