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Post-game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Germany


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson and select players discuss the team’s advancement to the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the 3-0 loss against Germany.



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IN THE IMAGE: MIYAGI, JAPAN – AUGUST 27: Crystal Dunn (L) and Julie Johnston (R) of USA and Ramona Petzelberger (C) of Germany battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 group D match between USA and Germany at Miyagi Stadium on August 27, 2012 in Miyagi, Japan. (Photo by Martin Rose – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Germany
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group D
Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan
Aug. 27, 2012

U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“I thought the better team won today. We played well at times and we did some good things that we hadn’t done yet in the tournament so there are some
positives there. We just made a couple of mistakes and they punished us for that and that’s what good teams do. One of our goals was to advance, we’ve done
that, and we’re focused on the next game.”

On how the first goal changed the game:
“Obviously it was tough to give up that goal at the time we did. That was a difficult one as I thought we were playing pretty steady. If we could have gone
into the locker room at halftime with the score 0-0, that would have given us a little momentum. I thought in the second half we were out of shape a little
bit and gave them too much space and they are very good when you give them time and space. Overall, I think we were more consistent in our play, we just
played a team that was good enough to take advantage of some of our breakdowns here and there.”

On moving on to the quarterfinal from a difficult Group D:
“We played three teams with different styles. Ghana was very athletic and more of a marking team. China was more zonal and compact and didn’t let us get
behind them and the Germans once again have great organization. It’s three different games for us and it’s an education for our players as well. We did
some good things today and we created some chances we didn’t capitalize on, but overall we progressed even when we were down we created chances to get one
or two goals but we didn’t put it all together. But I am pleased with one thing and that’s that our team is learning quickly. There’ve been instances of
teams in World Cups where they haven’t had an easy run of it through group play but found their way in the knockouts stages. I believe in this team and I
think we still have a lot to bring to the table in this next game.”

On the second half:
“It was tough to give up that goal when we did, but we need to be a little bit stronger in situations like that both mentally and in terms of how we
reacted. But even coming out of the half at 1-0, we felt pretty good and did some good things. We had a little bit of a disconnect between our lines and we
just had that little lapse at the beginning of the second half and that really cost us.”

On the match:
“Overall, that was probably the most consistent game we’ve played (in group play). That was a good team we played and I thought it was a little tighter
match than the score indicated. Obviously we are very disappointed in the result, but the key was to advance from the group and we have to process this one
and get ready for the next one.”

On his message to the team:
“The message really is that we accomplished our goal of the first phase and that was to advance. We played three different and good teams in the process
and our team has learned a lot. We’re learning on the fly and obviously we don’t have any margin (for error) in the next one, but the key is to continue to
improve during the tournament. I don’t think we’ve played our best soccer over 90 minutes, but I think we are getting closer to that and there are a lot of
positive things we can take from the game even though the result wasn’t what we wanted.”

U.S. defender JULIE JOHNSTON
On moving on to the quarterfinal:
“Obviously coming off a loss is pretty hard, but you know what? We came out of the bracket and that’s a great positive. We can put this game behind us and
look forward to our quarterfinal. I think we played well and we need to finish our opportunities.”

On playing North Korea in the quarterfinal:
“It’s elimination now. For us playing North Korea, we need to take a little bit from each game that we’ve played so far, not go backwards, but take away
little bit from each experience, move on, believe in our style of play and focus on ourselves.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN BRIAN
On the match:
“There were a lot of positives from this game. We’ve played our best match of the tournament and played some great soccer. We had a lot of chances but we
couldn’t finish and that’s what we need to clean up for the next game.”

On lessons learned:
“From our group we learned a lot of lessons. We can put our best game out on the field and still not come away with the win. We need to fix little things
on defense and offense, with our finishing and marking in the box.”

On playing well, but losing:
“It was definitely a rollercoaster. We all felt we played our best game so it was frustrating to come away with a loss, 3-0, at that, but there are some
positives. We never gave up, played some good soccer, played to feet and had some good chances. We just couldn’t put one away.”

U.S. defender CRYSTAL DUNN
On Germany:
“Going into the game we knew Germany was going to be a great opponent. They bring a lot of energy and physical attributes to the game. We knew we had to go
strong into the tackle and win every ball we could.”

On ramping up the attack for the quarterfinal:
“We need to penetrate and be dangerous. We kept the ball well, but we weren’t as dangerous as we possibly could have been. Going into the quarterfinal we
need to bring the heat and be dangerous in the box. We need to be mindful of the loss, but we made it through and we need to focus on the next game.”

On starting quick against North Korea:
“We have to be the first ones to score. That’s going to settle us down and unsettle teams. We have to come out strong and dictate the tone of the game.”








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