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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Mexico


Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. U-17 WNT 3, Mexico 0
2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
May 7, 2012

U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA


On the match…
“The mentality was excellent. This is a game we were prepared for and we were looking forward to playing, but Mexico is an excellent team and they showed why they are such a strong opponent. They made it very difficult for us, but fortunately for the U.S. right now we have a forward that is very dangerous and on a hot streak in Summer Green. She put three away in the first half and that made the difference in the game. In the second half, we were able to slow the game down and hopefully save our legs a little bit.”

On the versatility of the U.S. attack…
“We are a very dangerous with all our forwards, our midfield, and even our backs getting forward. When we are on, we are a very difficult team to defend, but on any given day anything can happen so we need to stick to our game plan and go out there and execute. We’ve got a good shot at winning every game.”

On the U.S. team’s defending against Mexico…
“It’s something we’ve been stressing for the last five months – that pride in defending as a team and limiting the other team’s chances. I think we’ve done that very well for the last few months. We’ve had great preparation coming into this tournament and like I’ve said from the beginning, it’s a team effort. Our forwards are defending, our midfielders and our backs and Jane (Campbell) is as solid a ‘keeper as anyone in the world.”

On being up 3-0 at halftime…
“It’s great. When you are playing a team that is as quality as Mexico and you’re up 3-0, it helps going into the locker room. Then it’s about just fine-tuning a few things and making sure we stay sharp in the second half and limit their chances, which we did, although I think we could have done a little bit better job keeping the ball so we didn’t have to run as much, but there’s always something to work on.”

U.S. goalkeeper JANE CAMPBELL
On the match…
“I thought the game was very intense and competitive and I thought we did very well. Mexico had an outstanding game and we had a lot of nerves coming into it. It was definitely a tough game for us, but our defense was solid like always. We didn’t let in any goals, which is always a good thing. The defense really stepped it up and showed how strong they are in the back no matter what kind of opponent we have.”

On having a 3-0 lead at halftime…
“It’s was definitely nice and comfortable. I didn’t even think about being 3-0 until the second half. We just kept our composure and stayed relaxed in the second half because in the first half we were a little antsy and losing the ball at times when we didn’t need to. So in the second half, we just wanted to calm down, make sure we of course kept the lead and had zero goals against.”

U.S. forward SUMMER GREEN
On the match…
“I think both teams came out prepared and ready. We didn’t stop until the final whistle blew and that was a lot of fun. Both teams really gave it their all. They kept coming at us. It wasn’t like we scored three goals and we’re done. They kept coming at us and we still had to play our game, and I think we played well, especially our defense. They really took care of it back there.”

On winning the group…
“It means a lot because we have prepared so much for this as a team, on and off the field. We are like a family. Any team that comes our way we are ready to take on and I think that’s the most important part. Just coming together as a team, knowing our strengths and our weaknesses and getting a win just feels great.”

U.S. defender MANDY FREEMAN
On winning the group…
“That was one of our main goals, being first and coming out of our bracket. We accomplished that, but now we have more goals to check off.”

On Summer Green scoring three times…
“If feels great, as a defender, to see the ball get worked around and get a goal out of it. It makes our job much easier. We work so hard to get (the forwards) the ball and then it’s awesome to see them do something great with it.”

On winning the group…
“We’re very proud. They are a great team, very technically sound, and to come out with a win is a great accomplishment. They were moving the ball and we had to adjust our movement off the ball a bit but in the end we came out with three goals and first in our bracket.”

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