Darren Bazeley, New Zealand coach
Today didn’t go as we wanted it to. We conceded a goal early, that hurt us and made the game very hard for us. We came into the World Cup to win games and go through to the next round. But we are still in a good position now: If we win the last game, we are at four points and should go through to the next round. The USA has very, very good players. It is a massive challenge for us, if you come up against a country like the USA with those players, that were quite impressive today. To compete at this level, you need to be mistake free and have to have a very good day.
Tab Ramos, USA coach
I’m very happy with the team and happy that we got through the first two games. The team did a good job today. I think we played relaxed, the combination of players we have on the field is a good one. We wanted to find space in between the opposing lines and created a lot of options. The game opened up early for us, we wanted to open up the field as fast as possible. We came here to win games. I told the boys that this team has a lot of talent, but we have to take it one at a time. The first game was difficult, this one was not easier. As a nation we normally don’t progress so quickly, so we are obviously very happy about that.