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Post-Match Quotes: WNT 1, SWE 2


U.S. head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match:
“I think we got better in the second half. The first half, we struggled big time to keep possession. Sweden made us look bad in the first half. We changed the midfield and picked up the tempo a little bit. I was happy that we scored a good goal and I am looking forward to working with this team as there are so many things we have to do in 2011.”

On looking forward:
“We will improve every aspect of the game both defensively and in the attack. We have a couple of months to do that and a lot of games in front of us.”

On the match:
“The speed of play wasn’t good enough. One thing as a team that we need to get much better at is moving without the ball. This game today tells us many things that we need to work on, but I am confident that we have enough time and enough games to prepare for the World Cup. This was just the first one.”

U.S. defender CHRISTIE RAMPONE
On the match:
“Obviously, it’s a pretty disappointing first game on the road to the World Cup, coming out and losing 2-1. At the same time, we have to take the positives away from it. The team has a lot of work to do and we really need to start coming together, clicking and becoming one unit. We have to start that defensively. I think we are doing well individually, but we have to work as a team. It’s a good, long road to the World Cup, but that’s a good thing as I think we need the time together.”

On what needs to improve in the next match:
“We need to improve communication in the lines, from the midfield to the forwards and defenders to the midfield. We need to make the game a bit simpler. I think we’re trying to do a bit too much out there.”

U.S. midfielder SHANNON BOXX
On the match:
“Very, very disappointed. We don’t have the excuse of a long (club) season, we had good rest, and coming back into our first tournament we need to step it up. I think everyone knows what we need to do. It’s mainly coming together as a team and the attitude that we present every game needs to be better. It’s going to come we just have to keep our heads up, which is what we said after the game. We have two more games in this tournament and we just have to focus on ourselves.”

On whether losing can help or hurt the USA’s preparation for the World Cup:
“You can take it either way. I think this team has the attitude to take it as a positive and say, ‘let’s come back and show everyone that this is not the U.S. team,’ that we are better than this. The trainings have been great, so we need to focus on that and have a much stronger performance against Canada.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the match:
“It’s disappointing to not get the win. We always want to come out and win, but I do think there were a lot of good things coming out of the game. We haven’t played together in five or six weeks and things just weren’t as sharp as we would want them.”

On Sweden’s performance:
“They had a pretty wicked counter attack. They got at us in the moments we turned the ball over. I thought we had the majority of possession, but we just weren’t able to finish the goals. They were definitely a good side, but they weren’t full strength either, so we are going to look to improve on what we did today.”

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