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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT vs. Guatemala


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. WNT vs. Guatemala
CONCACAF Olympic Women's Qualifying
Jan. 22, 2012

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the USA scoring 13 goals and Sydney Leroux getting five in her second ever match…
“It’s astonishing (for Sydney Leroux) to come off the bench and score so many goals like Amy Rodriguez did the other day. I am so proud and happy to be around this team because this never happened before; so many goals, so many great goals, and I am happy for the team and happy for Syd. It was quality for sure.”

On what it means to record two blowout results, albeit against weaker competition…
“I would like to look at it as if we are ready. If you look at the game today, as compared to the last game, I think we struggled a little bit at the beginning of the game. I said at halftime, look at the first 15 minutes, you can take anything for granted. You have to bring it. I felt they picked it up after 15-20 minutes and in the second half we played well. We had so many attacking personalities and our bench is very strong.”

On the play of outside backs Heather Mitts and Kelley O’Hara…
“At halftime, I thought they could even be higher. We want them to attack even more with the starting position even higher. In the first half Kelley O’Hara had two crosses from the left which was great, as you know she is a midfielder forward and we are trying to make her an outside back. It is important to have outside backs going forward and completing passes. If they are serving the ball into the box or the relationship with the outside mid, it doesn’t matter, we need crosses because we have goal scorers and the sooner they show up in the box the more dangerous it is.”

On how she will pick a starting lineup for the Mexico game with so many players playing well…
“We look at each of them and see their performance and who is playing well with each other. Soccer is not only the 11 best players, it’s about finding a good relationship with the starting lineup and looking at the bench and being comfortable with whomever we bring in. They have made it really hard for us and I’m really happy about that.”

On looking forward to the Mexico game…
“I will look at the two games we’ve played and look at our strengths and talk a little bit about how Mexico has played in their two games. We won’t talk much about 2010, this is 2012 and we want to qualify for the Olympics. It will be a hard to choose a lineup. We have some decisions to make and many players have been playing well out there.”

U.S. Women’s National Team forward ABBY WAMBCH
On passing Birgit Prinz on the all-time international goal scoring list…
“I’m shocked that I have, truthfully. The later you go in your career, your stats start piling up and the awards come with all of it. But the truth is our team is playing well right now. We have one more important game to get to the next round and then hopefully reach our final goal, which is getting to the Olympics in London.”

On the team’s form heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Mexico…
“I think it's important that everybody be firing on all cylinders when we play Mexico. That's obviously the game that’s' been marked on our calendars this entire tournament. Whoever wins that game goes through in our group in first place so that's going to be the most important thing. That's what we're thinking about and we're prepared for it.”

On the results in the first two games…
“It's really hard because we understand that 14 and 13 goal games can be looked down upon by some of our viewers, fans and fans from other countries. But the truth is we didn't get our job done during the last qualifying tournament. This is a statement we want to make to the rest of the world and our region, CONCACAF. We can't take any game for granted. We have to play hard, play physical and respect the game. That's why the results have been what you've seen.”

U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder LORI LINDSEY
On scoring her first goal for the U.S. Women’s National Team
"It's fun to get a goal and put a good team performance together. It's always fun to contribute to that so I'm excited. As was pointed out, I'm 128 goals behind Abby so I feel like she should be getting a little nervous. I'm right on her heels."

U.S. Women’s National Team forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On her five-goal performance in the team's win against Guatemala...
“I owe it all, of course, to my teammates who gave me some great balls. I put them away and did what I was supposed to do with them. It's been an amazing couple weeks and I'm so blessed to be able to play with these girls. They make me better every day and I give my thanks to them.”

On playing in front of family and friends...
"It is so important to play in front of my mom and family and friends. I grew up here and to have them come and support me is pretty special."

On scoring five goals in her hometown of Vancouver…
“It's pretty sweet. I know there are some people who don't respect my decision (to switch affiliations and play for the USA) and there are some people who do. I'm happy where I am and I'm happy to wear this jersey. I wanted to contribute to my team and put my best foot forward. I wanted to do what I needed to do to help this team win.”

U.S. Women’s National Team defender ALI KRIEGER
On the past few days…
“It's been pretty emotional and draining the past few days. It's my first time injuring my knee and obviously I want to be playing, who doesn't. I'm staying positive and looking forward. I'm just taking it one day at a time.”

On the play that led to her injury...
“I didn't know it was my ACL. It didn't feel that bad to be honest but I know something obviously was wrong. I was hoping for the best but the MRI sees a little better than I do.”

On her mindset looking forward...
“I'm still kind of in shock, to be honest. After such a year and awesome World Cup that our team had, I wanted to be part of the team this whole entire year building to another amazing event. I'm hoping I can get a piece of that, but I’m going to take it one day, one week at a time and try to see what happens.”

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