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Wambach: 'We have come full circle'
August 10th, 2012 12:50AM

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[USA-JAPAN REACTION] The USA finally erased the nightmare of its shootout loss to Japan in the 2011 Women's World Cup final. U.S. stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe talked about what Thursday's gold-medal victory over Japan means ...

U.S. forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the feeling of winning a gold medal:
“This was a year's worth of work and the sacrifices all of us have had to make for our friends and families, for the players that didn't make the roster, this goes out to all of our fans that cheered us on last summer and were equally as heartbroken as we were. This year has been trials and tribulations, we lost to Japan a few times, and this win feels like everything has come full circle. I'm so proud of this team for never giving up. It was a team effort for this entire tournament and it shows what it takes to win championships -- it's teamwork and loyalty and trusting in each other.”

On what the win does to the memories of losing in the 2011 World Cup:
“It makes everything sweeter. I can rest assured that the rest of my life won't be spent in nightmare status. I'm not going to be upset for the rest of my life. We put so much of ourselves in this. We sacrificed our families and friends. This means everything to us. It seems surreal in the moment. We really want to say thank you to all of our fans for cheering us on and being a part of this.”

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
On the match:
“It was amazing. Our team just battled through to the end and we finished it off strong. We're just so happy right now, we just want to celebrate and enjoy the rest of the time we have together.”

On the overall tournament experience:
“It was such a journey. It was so emotional. It was up-and-down and we all did it together. We were such a unit and we leaned on each other when we needed to. We ended up on top and I'm so happy. We're the best in the world right now.”

On Abby Wambach's performance through the tournament:
“Abby has just been so great for this team. In this tournament, she has contributed in every game. She had a goal in almost every game. She's just been huge for me and this team. I'm really happy she's with us on this medal stand with a gold medal.”

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the team's effort:
“I think it just took everyone. Carli not even starting and comes back with a killer performance, Hope was on fire tonight and I think Boxx, she was probably our player of the game. It was such a team effort.”

On erasing the feeling of the loss in the 2011 World Cup:
“It still hurts a little bit, but there's no pain when you have a gold medal around your neck. This is unbelievable. This reverses the nightmare and now this is just such a beautiful dream.”

On the medal ceremony:
“It was crazy. We came back out and everybody was still here, I don't think a soul had left the building. It was electric in here all night really.”

U.S. goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On the match:
“I have to be patient as a goalkeeper and I have to let the game come to me. I haven't been tested too much in this tournament, there were some awkward goals against Canada in the semifinal. There was going to be one game in the tournament where I had to show up and play and I hadn't had it in five games straight. You can't win a major tournament without good goalkeeping and today you saw good goalkeeping from not just myself but from the Japanese goalkeeper. I'm so proud that women's goalkeeping has come this far.”

On Carli Lloyd being well suited in big moments:
“It's not just the skill on the ball and the physical aspect of the game, but she's got what it takes. It doesn't matter what she goes through. She's mentally strong and that's what I admire most about Carli. Nobody can affect her play, not being benched, she'll come back on the field and make plays. She's just a winner. She's a veteran on this team and she'll find a way to win.”

On the tournament:
“It truly felt like it was a team effort and everybody participated. This team is special and things don't always pan out the way you predict, but we went 6-0 and that shows how special this team really is."



2 comments
  1. John M Cote
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.
    GO WNT! You guys are the best.

  1. Dennis Yunke
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 8:58 a.m.
    I watched the games with 4 girls from my varsity team. It is very special when a coach can point out both possession game and speed of play. Go USA!


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