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U.S. Women's National Team vs. China PR - Post-Match Quotes

U.S. WNT vs. China PR
Post-Match Quotes – April 6, 2014
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

U.S. WNT head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“Well, we’re pleased with a lot of things we did today and they were a lot of things we’ve been practicing this week during training. I thought our movement was good and our passing was quite incisive.”

On scoring just twice:
“What we should have done better is finished the game off a lot earlier. We really need to be finishing these games off when we’re creating chances. Because no matter who you’re playing against they’re going to get a chance against you.”

On Sydney Leroux:
“You wouldn’t want to be playing against here any day of the week. She’s physically very, very impressive. She’s got really good soccer skills and she’s a handful for any defender.”

On playing in the altitude:
“The players have been here for a week so that certainly helped us and I think that for teams coming in here it’s always a little more difficult. Certainly, for the first few days our players were breathing heavily.”

On the crowd:
“The crowd was amazing. It was around 14,000 so we’re pretty happy, but the weather, I think we literally went through every single season. It was sunny and now it’s snowing, but Denver’s been awesome and we’re very thankful for such a great crowd today.”

On preparing for World Cup Qualifying:
“Of course, that is on our mind, but the most important thing is just coming together right now and figuring out what works and what doesn’t and we’re getting better every single day.”

On the game after Abby Wambach came on:
“It’s different when Abby is on the field because she brings such a different presence than anyone else. She’s so strong and dominant. We were working on me staying a little closer to her so when a long ball was sent in she can flick it on and I can potentially run on to it. “

On how Abby Wambach has helped her development:
“I’m still learning and she talks to me every day. She’s really helped me become a better player, a better professional and a better teammate.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the match:

“I thought it was really good. We're trying a new formation and I think we created a ton of chances. We'll keep working on that and I think there's always stuff to work on, but with the amount of chances we got, I think we should have gotten more than two (goals). But overall the play that we had, the possession that we had was really good.”

On teammate Sydney Leroux:
“Her potential and her raw talent are limitless but it’s early in her career. She has so much speed but I really think that she's starting to develop the other side of her game better. Her runs have gotten so much better and she's getting herself in better positions for us to play on the ball. She's only 23 and she's already broken in and she's a starter on this team.”

On the match:

"I think the first 30 minutes we kept the ball really well. I thought that the possession and the patience that we had was really good, and then the next step in the evolution of this new formation that we're playing is that attacking third, that final third, that final pass into the box. I think that as a forward, I'll take responsibility for that. We need to figure out how to break down defenses.”

On mentoring Sydney Leroux:
“I think that's what the game is all about, finding those relationships around the field whether it be between two forwards or an outside back or an outside midfielder, or the goalkeeper and back line. It's all about the relationships you create and if you can get on the same page and figure out what you're going to do, it makes it so much more difficult for a back line. Sydney is a younger player and she has physical abilities on the field that nobody else has so I want to put her in a position to be successful. In doing so, I want to utilize those strengths that she has and utilize them to the best of her abilities, so just trying to get her isolated. Whenever she goes one-on-one against a defender, I'm always encouraging her to take somebody on because she has that physical ability.”