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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT 3, Sweden 2

Head Coach GREG RYAN
On the back and forth finish:
“It was an improbable finish. I thought at 1-0 we looked good and Sweden didn't look like they were going to score on us. I thought we'll go ahead with a 1-0 win, and then after that, four goals. At that point, there is not a lot you can do as a coach. I was screaming at them to take the long throw on the last one because we've worked on that quite a bit. We are always dangerous with it, and it was just great we were able to put it in the back of the net.”

On the 99 degree heat:
“It was a tough day for both the Swedes and us. What was the temperature today? One-hundred? Ninety-nine? We play with a lot of pressure and it was hard to keep our shape today. Our forwards were so tired it was hard for them to get back. The backs were tired, so it was hard for them to get up. The only way you can play pressure is if you can get up and back as a group, but I am really proud of the players. They made such a great effort today, and didn't give up.”

On Lilly & Wambach’s finishing:
“Kristine and Abby just know their going to score. You could see it with the way they took their chances today. Abby’s goal in the first half today, and Lilly’s at the end.”

On the finish to the game:
“We’ve had a couple of these before. I felt it was a World Cup game watching the men’s teams with so many goals scored in extra time or the last 10 minutes. At least we gave the crowd something at the end. I don’t think it was a great soccer game overall because of the heat, but we gave a little excitement at the end.”

On the game-winning goal:
“It was off of a set play that we run off the throw in, and we ran it perfectly. Abby laid it off and I hit it right under the cross bar and with a little luck it went in. I knew I could get my foot on it, and if I got it on the face (of the goal) anything could happen.”

On the back and forth nature of the game:
“I am just glad we got a W out of it. We were up 1-0 and they tied it. We were up 2-1, and they tied it up at 2-2. To finish off with a win, it feels great. We’ve been working extremely hard for the last few months and just to get a win out of this, even though it wasn’t as pretty as we wanted it to be, helps the team with some confidence.”

On if this was one of the greatest finishes she’s been a part of with the USA:
“Other than the 2004 Olympics, yes. It's really important to know that the team can give up an equalizer in the 90th minute and actually come out ahead. That's all heart. Tactics and everything aside, that's Kristine Lilly, having played on this team for almost 20 years, having won multiple World Championships. Who else do you want to have the ball at their feet in the 90th minute to win the game?"”

On her goal & the conditions:
“There’s nothing better than scoring your first domestic goal (of the year), especially against a team like Sweden. They are a great team, and I am happy that we played them and came out on top. It was a great game to watch - two goals in extra time. It’s a bit hot outside, a bit windy. I think we weathered the elements today and I think we gave our best effort.”