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Post-Match Quote Sheet: USA 3, Sweden 1


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. WNT 3, Sweden 1
Volvo Winners Cup – Halmstad, Sweden
June 16, 2012


U.S. head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match…
“It was a good experience for us, playing the third best team in the world and scoring three goals. I am very happy that Abby and Alex, our goal scorers, each scored a goal and that Tobin Heath came off the bench to score. Part of the game was pretty good and we are taking another step closer to the Olympics. We are seeing the start of our run to the Olympic and we are happy with the 90 minutes we played today.”

On if she will change her lineup for the Japan game on June 18…
“We don’t know exactly what the starting line-up will be for Japan but I have a hard time thinking any players who played 90 minutes will play 90 next game…we don’t’ want to pick up any injuries.”

On the back and forth match…

“They scored one goal, but I am proud of the team defending. Something we need to work on is the transition from attacking to defending. We were a little bit stretched out, and that’s ok as long as we have numbers around the ball and behind the ball. If you look at Lotta Schelin, that’s a good player, but at the end of the day we scored three goals and gave up one and that’s a good thing.”

On the attack…
“I really like the fact that Abby and Alex scored goals. They are our goal scorers and they gain some confidence doing that and the team gains confidence as well. At the beginning of the second half when Tobin scored that goal, it felt pretty good, even though for a part of the game we could have been better, especially in the attacking third where we wanted to keep the ball and be more patient. We need to do a better job of that, for sure.”

On what she would like to see against Japan…
“A little bit more combination play. We talk a lot about engaging the two forwards up top, which I think we do, but then again, I think we need to keep the ball a little bit longer and keep possession better. We talk about the two forwards, but we also need to talk about the two outside backs and outside mids because we need to knock it around and find the rhythm and slow down some times and control the pace instead of looking too often to the two forwards because then we can creep up a little bit and even create more chances. In the next game I would like to see us create more chances and get more crosses in.”

On making all six allowed substitutions…
“Getting playing minutes against a really good team matters, and not only that, but the players coming off the bench did a pretty good job. Tobin Heath, she got a goal. And the fact that Heather Mitts played 90 minutes and she hasn’t been playing many minutes is good and she played well.”

U.S. forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the Swedes…
“The Swedish team is physical, they never give up, and (Caroline) Seger fights to the end. Also with Lotta (Schelin) up top, they have dangerous weapons that when put in really good positions to score goals, they make it dangerous for our back line and obviously Hope.”

On her wonder goal…
“The truth is, the ball bounced perfect, and I saw the ‘keeper off her line and you gotta take that chance. Nine times out of ten, you may not hit it right, you may miss, but I got lucky with the one chance I took.”

On what the team got from the match moving forward to the Olympics…
“The number one positive is a great result against a great team. They’ve had a few injuries and they are probably sorting some things out themselves, so from that perspective, they did well. We still can get better at keeping possession and controlling the tempo of the game. We’ve got personality players that can change the course of the game.”

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
On her increased playing time this year…
“Pia is very clear with our roles and she wants us all to embrace our roles. I’ve been getting more playing time so my role has been a little bit larger than last year at the World Cup and I’m hoping to contribute with a couple more goals at the Olympics.”

On these Olympic preparation matches…
“I’m sure Sweden needs to work on a couple of things just as we do. They have a couple of new players, especially one player in the back line. At times they were unorganized in the back, but that’s why we have these games, to work these small things out so you are fully prepared for the Olympics.”

On looking forward to the game against Japan on Monday…
“Japan is at the top of their game right now. They are a very confident, technical team, so it’s always great to play a team like that to challenge ourselves. They are the World Cup champions and everyone wants to play them. We’ve been fortunate to play them a few times between the World Cup and the Olympics and I think that will just help our preparation and it will help us learn about them, so we can prepare tactically for them if we meet in the Olympics.”

U.S. midfielder TOBIN HEATH
On her goal...
“Anytime I score, I’m obviously thrilled to help my team, but I probably scored in the most traditional way today with my head. I’ll take the goal, it wasn’t pretty but it still counts.”

On coming into the match for the second half…
“I was thrilled to come in at halftime. I thought we did a great job of finishing two fantastic goals. I came in when it was 2-1 and I wanted to finish off the game. I think it took us a while to get into it, we were trying to do a lot of things, and thinking a lot, and obviously Sweden is a great team and anytime we play them it’s a battle. So I think w’re still trying to fine tune things and it was a great match to be able to try things.

On what the team takes from the game...
“There’s nothing but positives we can take out of this. We got a good result - 3-1 - and it helps us go into our next game against Japan. There are a few things we need to work and we’ll address that after this game and try to see if we can build on that and try to make our match against Japan even better.”

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