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U.S. WNT vs. Finland - Post-Game Quote Sheet

U.S. WNT Post-Game Quote Sheet
USA v. Finland – 4-0 W
August 25, 2007

U.S. WNT Head Coach

On the game:
“Finland is an organized team defensively. They played in a 4-5-1 with 10 players behind the ball most of the first half and we were a little out of sync. We had a lot of opportunities in the final third but we didn’t create good opportunities out of them; over-hit crosses, rushed our passes. We talked at halftime about playing a little more composed, a little more settled, picking the right opportunities to get behind, and I thought we played well.”

On what the U.S. gets out of tonight’s game:
“Tonight, we hit the back of the net and had tons of chances. I thought that we had a lot of energy in attack tonight. We said let’s just roll up our sleeves and go after them in attack. It’s important to carry that kind of spirit into the World Cup. We are going to go after teams and if they can hang with us OK, if not, we’ll just keep swinging until we knock them out.”

On Abby Wambach’s status (after leaving the game with a jammed toe):
“I haven’t heard any more. I just saw her at halftime and she’s pretty sore. We just don’t know. We hope that she is fine, and it’s just a sprain or something like that. I don’t know because I just walked off the field.”

“I’m not even going to think about it yet. Abby’s tough enough where we’ll throw a cast on her and she’ll play anyway. She’s an awfully tough kid. In the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, she was on a bad ankle that entire Gold Cup, and she scored the goals to get us into the World Cup, so I am confident that Abby will be fine.”

On if this is will be the USA’s line-up on September 11 vs. North Korea:
“It’s very likely, we will just have to wait and see. This is a very good group, a very mobile team. We’ve also got some other good people who are right there as well.”

“When we are playing extra players up high, (Heather) O’Reilly is a great wide player. You saw her get down the line and get good balls in and finish on the run as well. She gives us a lot of energy up and down that flank. Carli (Lloyd) did very well out there as well tonight. Carli’s more of a central player coming out of the midfield.”

On Lindsay Tarpley’s performance and what she brings to the team:
“I think she likes playing underneath (the forwards) and when she is getting forward, she is not getting doubled and reads the space really well. (She has) little runs underneath the defense, and she must have taken at least a half dozen, maybe more, shots tonight. I’m glad she got rewarded for her good play with that nice goal at the end.”

On Shannon Boxx’ performance and what she brings to the team:
“Shannon is looking like herself again, which is fantastic. She’s one of the best in the world at set play goals. She looked like a forward tonight taking players on. I think she likes it here.”

On the team’s style tonight, without Abby Wambach for much of the game:
“There’s a lot of ways to play this game. Our goal is to get Abby back in there and have her as our target forward. I think what you saw tonight was a good answer on how you do this. You don’t do it though a post player, but you do it with movement, a lot of quick plays. When we played Japan, they don’t have a true post-up player, but they are all over the place and they are hard to stop. There’s different ways of playing, but we just prefer Abby in the game for us.”

U.S. WNT Forward

On the 100th assist of her career:
“It’s nice. It helped us score a goal, that is always good. It’s always good when you can help your team win and hit some milestones along the way.”

On approaching her fifth Women’s World Cup:
“I love playing, I love competing. I love coming out in front of crowds like this. And heading to a World Cup, I still love that fire and that anxiousness and that nervousness that comes with a World Championship. I still feel like I can compete, so that keeps me going as well.”

On this team, compared to the 2003 squad:
“The teams are different. Four years ago you had players that had been on the team forever; more experience playing wise. This team is a little younger, but technically they are as good, if not better, as we were when we were that young. There’s better training going on, there’s the Under-16, Under-19, Under-20 teams that they’ve been playing in. Overall, for us I always bet on the U.S. whether it is four years ago or this team. We’re playing well, and these young players we saw, I mean, we got players in the game who have been able to have some time on the field and that’s going to help us when the World Cup comes in the next two weeks.”

“I feel if we play well I think we can do great things. If we create chances and score that many goals, then I think we’ll do great things.”

U.S. WNT Forward

On the learning from players like Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly:
“I’ve learned so much from (Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly). Playing with them I continue to learn. We’re all different, but we play together so well. And I think that’s the best part. It’s a great situation. We’re just really excited to get to get to China and start the World Cup.”

U.S. WNT Midfielder

On playing so well at The Home Depot Center in Carson:
“My first cap was here. My first goal was here. This place will always have a special place for me, and I will always remember my first goal with the national team.”

On how the team will play once they get to China:
“We are going to go and we are going to go hard. We are going to take one game at a time. That first game is a tough one, North Korea. Every game in our bracket is tough, but we are taking it one game at a time and we are playing tremendously well right now. We are attacking and scoring goals, but everyone always talks about the offensive side. On the defensive side, our back four needs to get a lot of attention, because they are going to help us win this World Cup. They are going to make sure no one scores against.”