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U.S. WNT vs. Colombia Pre-Game Quote Sheet

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage addresses media one day ahead of the U.S. WNT’s match against Colombia at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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IN THE IMAGE: U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage.

U.S. WNT vs. Colombia – Pre-Game Quote Sheet

2012 Olympic Games – Group G

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

July 27, 2012

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE

On playing without Shannon Boxx against Colombia:

“We do it well, and the reason I’m saying that is because we have eighteen good players. She is important to the team so that’s why we’re being a little
bit cautious because we don’t want to jeopardize anything. The way Carli [Lloyd] and [Lauren] Cheney played, especially Carli coming off the bench, I was
impressed with that after just 20 minutes or something like that. (For Lloyd) that’s a very good way to jump into the game and make a difference, to score
a goal. She is ready.”

On Carli Lloyd’s being ready to step into the lineup:

“As long as I’ve been the coach, she’s been pretty much in the starting lineup. Then, all of a sudden…well, I wouldn’t say all of the sudden — it’s a good
team and they compete for the starting lineup — she’s not. We have Cheney and Boxxy playing together. Of course that’s tough. She’s been professional. She
is just trying to change her role a little bit and working harder, taking care of everything that she can control and never once questioning anything. Of
course she wants to play. You could tell that she was prepared.”

On whether the roles of the center-midfielders changes with Carli Lloyd playing instead of Shannon Boxx:

“Maybe? For the game against Colombia, Carli will be more like a holding player. Not holding defensively because, defensively, it should look like a
traditional 4-4-2; work for each other and carry it up with whoever is next to you. However in the attack, in order to keep possession of the ball in the
attacking third, we’d rather have Lauren Cheney making those diagonal runs to get behind the back line and Carli should be the one that holds a little bit,
finds the rhythm and changes the point of attack.”

On what went wrong in the first 15 minutes of the U.S. game against France:

“Nothing. It’s funny because we were pleased. I expected a fairly nervous start. We played fairly direct and when they scored, I thought it was a little
bit unlucky…If you look at those two goals, what I would like to do is, and what I did, was talk about how they were loyal to the game plan in the first 10
minutes, which is important because previously we’ve had some games where some of them want to go and some of them just stay a little bit so we were not on
the same page. But I thought we were on the same page. That is what I told them. That’s good. Now, giving up two goals? Instead of talking about those two
goals, I want to talk about how we responded and that’s where Abby comes in. As I said the other day, the difference between 2008 where we were 2-0 down
against Norway is that we responded. The difference between 2008 is that we have Abby Wambach. I’m really happy for the game plan and looking at the four
goals more so than trying to emphasize what went wrong and try to fix the problem. I truly believe that if you coach the healthy part of it, it is more fun
to move on and have a good feeling getting into the next game.”

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