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U.S. Women's World Cup Quotes - Oct. 3, 2003


U.S. Head Coach April Heinrichs

On Germany’s offensive explosion against Russia…

"Certainly, when you score seven goals in the World Cup, you are doing something right. Their attacking play was outstanding. They were sharp, tactical and their combination play is some of the best in the world. Our focus though isn’t on Germany’s last game. Our focus is on how they will play us."

On if the USA’s difficult road to the semifinals will help…

"I hope our difficult road and the Group of Death that we’ve played in pays off for us. I think it has sharpened us, challenged us and made us a better team. Two teams out of our group are in the semifinals – us and Sweden. We hope it serves us well."

Joy Fawcett

On Birgit Prinz and Maren Meinert…

"Defensively, we are just going to have to be very on. We’re going to have to work very strong to contain Prinz. She is strong and very good with her back to pressure. She can get shots off even when she doesn’t have much room, so we’ll have to have one or two people on her. With Meinert, you just have to keep track of her. She’s all over the place and a great playmaker."

On if the game will be rough…

"I don’t think it will be that rough. I think we both like to play a good possessive style of game. We will probably compliment each other very well."

Abby Wambach

On Germany…

"Germany is a tough team and they are going to be a tough team to beat. I think it will be a matter of possibly set pieces or detailed orientated plays that will change the match."

Kate Sobrero

On the path to the semifinals…

"Every team we played was really tough. Within our group we played the 5th ranked team, the 7th ranked team and then Nigeria. Then we played Norway and now we play Germany. Every game we’ve had has been the toughest game we’ve played."

Briana Scurry

On the match against Germany…

"We’re going to have to try and attack as much as we can. The best thing to do would be to keep the ball away from (Birgit) Prinz and (Maren) Meinert as much as possible because when they get the ball they attack very quickly and are very smart. We are going to try to come at them from all angles, keep them under pressure and not let them do much."

Cat Reddick

On playing Germany…

"Germany has a potent offense, but so do we. Their defense is going to have to handle our offense and midfield. It’s going to be a battle at every position on the field and it is going to come down to who can win more of those battles."

On Germany’s forwards…

"We know their whole team is incredible. They are going to be lethal and we know they are going to get their chances. We just have to give them as few as possible."

On if the U.S. will adapt to their play…

"We definitely look at how they play and look at their strengths and weaknesses, and plan an attack and a defense against it. But, we don’t change the way we play according to the way they play because how we play works for us. We don’t want to change it, especially in a semifinal game."

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