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Norway on the Horizon

 U.S. Women's World Cup Team Quotes
Providence, R.I.
Sept. 29, 2003

Cat Reddick, who had two goals against North Korea.

On if she expected to ever have the impact she has had so far…
“I never expected it. My expectations were to go into the World Cup and play as hard as I can play. To score two goals like that is beyond my wildest dreams. It’s a whole lot of fun and I’m so glad I could help the team. It turned out we didn’t need the two goals, but it was a lot of fun to score.”

On what her role on the team is…
“Going into the World Cup I was assuming it would be more of a reserve role, but then I came in for Brandi (Chastain) in the first game. I’m just getting myself prepared to play whenever I go in now."

Midfielder Shannon MacMillan, who got an assist on the final goal against North Korea.

On the game against Norway…
“I think this Wednesday night is going to be a great battle. They are a world-class team and even though they fell to Brazil they rallied back and made it to the quarterfinals. Now, it's game for game.”

On getting to play in her first 2003 World Cup match (she recently returned 102 days after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee)…

“When I ran on and heard the crowd go crazy, I just got really excited because it’s the World Cup. Even though it is pretty special that I’m even here, not being able to play has been tough. So, it was pretty awesome to get out there.”

Midfielder Julie Foudy, who was involved in both of Cat Reddick's goals against North Korea.

On Norway…
“It’s historically the greatest rivalry in women’s soccer. You look at 1991 to 2000, it has been us or Norway that has won the Olympics or the World Cup. We have tremendous respect for them. They are always fighting, which I respect.”

Defender Kate Sobrero, who got her 100th cap against North Korea.

On being back in Boston…

“I’m really excited to be back here in Boston, not only because this is where I live, but also because the city has always been so great for soccer. Foxboro always has a ton of fans that support the U.S., which is great because we are going to need all the help we can get against Norway.”

On the pressure of playing Norway…
“There are definitely pressures. We are playing in our home country, playing for the World Cup and we’re playing the only team that has a history of beating us. But we are looking forward to playing them. We just need to put those pressures aside.”

On if she’s looking forward to playing Norway…
“We are looking forward to Norway because we know it is going to be a battle and very competitive. We really enjoy that. It’s a World Cup and we are going to play the best teams no matter what.”