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Post Match Quote Sheet: WNT vs. New Zealand


WNT vs. New Zealand: Post-Match Quote Sheet
International Friendly
Oct. 27, 2013

U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the result:
“Overall we played a fairly decent game, four great goals. There are some things we can obviously take away and learn and improve on from this game. I think that teams are really sitting in and compacting the attacking third, which makes it really tough for us. So in order for us to beat that we have to switch the point of attack more and then wait for those gaps and seams to open up. I know that we’ll go back to the drawing board with Tom [Sermanni] and the coaching staff and look at some film and see where we can improve.”

On her goal in the first half, the 46th of her career:
“I can’t remember if Abby [Wambach] won it, or I poked it. I remember it was a defensive win and the ball kind of laid out in front. Abby just waved me on, and I took a few touches, made sure it went on frame and was happy to see it go in.”

On the performance of teammate Christen Press:
“With Press, it’s great to see because she’s the type of player who’s done well collegiately. She’s come on the scene a little bit late before the last Olympics under Pia [Sundhage] and she’s cracked into this team and done really well. She’s scoring a lot over in Sweden. I think with her she’s got that blue collar work mentality where she’s never satisfied, she wants to continue to work. She’s works hard day-in, day-out , so it’s good to see, and she was rewarded today.”

On the atmosphere at Candlestick Park and the trend of recent large audiences:
“I think it’s a huge turning point. If we can continue this, it’s only going to get better. Hopefully we can qualify for the World Cup and win that World Cup because I think that will be another major turning point for us. Averaging 15-16,000 fans a game is pretty incredible. A couple years back we were barely able to push five [thousand].”

On gearing up for World Cup qualifying next year:
“Yes, we always want to play for something. This is a little bit different; you’re playing to kind of earn your spot. Even though these are friendly games, the coaching staff is still checking out players, and we’re still competing. This next year, it’s going to come fast and we’re all amped up for the World Cup to come. At the end of the day, you don’t want to rush this journey. This is the most important journey and one you want to enjoy.”

U.S. WNT midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On getting back in sync quickly with her teammates:
“I don’t waste time. I’ve been here for a few days, got a few good training sessions in, so I was feeling good about that. I got back the 22nd [of Oct.], so it’s been five or six days. It wasn’t too bad coming back this time; it’s always worse going back to France.”

On her free kick goal:
“I don’t know if she was cheating, but that’s the whole point of the wall, to cover that side, so any time you can get the ball up and over and back down again, it’s always going to be hard for the ‘keeper. I laced it pretty well, probably couldn’t do that nine times out.”

On the second half:
“I think they have a pretty disruptive style. We did struggle a little bit in possession today and implementing that into the game. We started out good, but they were able to keep it around the back. They weren’t too dangerous; it was more in their defensive half or just over half field.”

On asserting the USA’s style on New Zealand:

“We want to be better implementing our style, kind of being the aggressors in terms of that for the game. Still 4-1, which is good, but we would’ve liked to dictate the style a little bit more.”

On getting a good test from New Zealand twice in a row:
“It’s always a little weird to play… it’s not really a home-and-away, it’s a home-and-home, but kind of a two-game series. It’ll be good, kind of feel each other out. I think it’ll be a better game next time just in terms of style and we’ll try to impose our style a little bit more.”

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