Windy conditions made it difficult to control the ball, and it was not until the second half that the U.S. squad was able to play with rhythm and possession. They controlled most of the second half and were able to contain the strong Danish team. After several chances Hucles converted one for her third goal of the tournament.
Post game quotes
U.S. Head Coach April Heinrichs
This is a very difficult tournament to win games consistently. You play four games in seven days with very little rest. Sometimes you win attractively with nice goals and possession like we did against France and sometimes you have to win by gutting out fifty-fifty balls and playing a little more direct with the wind. Abby and Mia's chemistry is outstanding. You want to have two forwards who work together, are connected defensively, run off each other and have a sixth sense of where the one is going to be. We like them to carry the load of scoring goals, but at the same time we want to create a team that isn't heavily dependent on one or two players. We want goals to come from our style of play and the opportunities we create. Whoever is on the end of them is just something we celebrate.
When you are the USA there are expectations, there's pressure to win and there's criticism if you don't. But as the head coach of this team, I have to make the decision to give young players and opportunity to play. They need to be confident and the only way for them to have confidence is to go out and play Denmark and find ways to beat the good teams from around the world.
Denmark played very well against Sweden and was a little bit unlucky not to tie that game," said Heinrichs. They played well again against us and they are certainly a team that a one-goal win in a tournament like this is a good result.
Goal scorer Angela Hucles
In the second half, we were able to settle the ball down a bit more. The ball was just bouncing around in the first half and in the second half we were able to get better possession and play to feet. I've been in the right place at the right time. A lot of hard work from my teammates has basically created all the goals that I've scored.