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U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. Germany

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On the match:
“It was definitely a back-and-forth game.  A lot transition moments for both teams, which we expected from Germany. I think we created some good opportunities, we just didn’t get on the end of them. Moving forward that will be something that will be key for us for the rest of the tournament.”

On Lindsey Horan’s performance:
“There was some great goalkeeping on both sides of the field. Lindsey gets herself in spots to be able to have those opportunities and she’s going to be frustrated that she wasn’t able to put one away. Being the professional that she is, I know she’ll be ready to get after it the next game.”

On moving forward in the rest of the tournament:
“We have two more games. We took our lump and we’ll have to feel the burn of that. Now it’s time for us to look at some film and respond in the next game.  We have to go out there and try to get two wins. That starts with Brazil.”

On Mallory Pugh’s contribution:
“I thought Mal did a great job getting some runs in behind their back line. I thought she was able to get through a lot of pressure. I think she played like she wasn’t fazed at all by the moment. There’s a lot to be said for that, being a 16-year-old in this environment.”

On Katelyn Rowland’s performance in goal:
“She has tremendous confidence and she’s had a ton of success, both collegiately and with our team over the last year-and-a-half, so I wouldn’t expect anything different from her.”

U.S. U-20 WNT defender CARI ROCCARO

On how to learn from this game:
“We still have two games to go win and move on. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to take this as something to learn from and move forward with a positive attitude. “

On how the team feels going forward:
“I actually think our team feels more confident because we created a lot of chances. We had 16 shots on goal and 21 shots overall and I think we were in their defensive half quite a bit. It was a really good game. It’s not like we were dominated. They had some run of the play and then we had some. We learned a lot from this and got our nerves and I think we’re ready for Brazil.”

On how the U.S. will get better:
“I think we’re always going to keep going. That’s what the U.S. does.  We’re always getting better with every game or practice. I think we’re going to be ready for the next one.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLND:

On the match:
“It was a great game. Hats off to Germany, they came out strong. We did a lot of good things and our heads are still high. We’ve got two more games left in the group and we’re looking forward to Brazil.”

 On creating 16 shots on goal:
“Our ability to get chances and opportunities was phenomenal. We’d like to put a few more away obviously and I feel confident heading into the game against Brazil.”

On 16-year-old Mallory Pugh, who started in the midfield:
“She’s young, but she’s feisty. She’s technical and aggressive and if you didn’t know you’d think she was our age.” 


On the match:
“It was a battle. Both teams played well and we tried to play our game, but Germany got the better of us today. We’ve still got two more games left and we’re hoping by the end of group play we’ll still be in a good spot.”

U.S.U-20 WNT midfielder MALLORY PUGH

“We would have liked to have won of course, but I’m proud of my teammates. We pushed really hard. The atmosphere was great and now we’ll prepare well for the next game and come out stronger.”


“Our whole team created a lot of opportunities and obviously I’m a little disappointed with myself because I couldn’t finish those, but overall I’m happy how we played. Creating that many opportunities against a great team like Germany is a really good step for us.”