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Thorns Postgame Interviews - August 3, 2014

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Vero's 54th minute goal sent the NWSL-record crowd of 19,123 home happy as the Thorns picked up a three big points.

Stacey Neve - Stumptown Footy

Head Coach Paul Riley


"It’s just amazing. I heard everyone screaming, I thought, ‘did we score again?’ and then I look up at the attendance record and it’s like, ‘wow.’ It’s just unbelievable. For a league game to pull in 19,000, it’s not even the fact that there’s just the 19,000, but they sing the entire game. They’re in behind the team the entire game. It’s not just that section. It’s everybody. They get everybody jazzed into the game.  We’ve become comfortable in our own surroundings, which we weren’t obviously the first couple of months. I think it makes such a difference to the team. I said at halftime, ‘How can you not be inspired to play in front of this? They’re just dying to sing more, so give them something to sing about.’ Once Veró gets on the ball, you can feel almost a buzz in the stadium as she gets on the ball. She’s a great crowd pleaser. But the crowd is just unbelievable, and to think that the club, too, what they’ve done to get everybody here. There’s nowhere else in the world. You won’t find women’s soccer league game with anywhere close to 20,000 people in them. Hopefully Seattle at home, there’s going to be a lot on the line, I think, so hopefully we can get another 18-20,000; hopefully a sellout for the Seattle game. But yeah, hats off to the crowd. They were amazing, absolutely amazing."

Defender Stephanie Catley


"I think it started mainly from Mana Shim’s run. She came around me and opened up the space so I was able to take a touch in and whip it around. It’s easy to put the ball in, but the finishing’s the hard bit, and Veró’s so classy, and she finished it off so that’s awesome. I saw a red shirt, but I didn’t know who it was. Generally, it’s Alex [Morgan], Sinc [Christine Sinclair] or Veró, so pretty much you put it in there and they’re going to finish it."

Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer


"Of course it was very important. We knew how important it was. I think in the first half we were stuck because we had a lot of pressure and then the second half you could see we had a lot more combinations and we were much more self-confident. I think these three points, we earned them. We were definitely the better team today...We’re talking a lot about it. I totally agree that we have our ups and our downs. We have to play more consistently. We talk about different things, how we can do this. Sometimes it’s working better and sometimes it doesn’t work at all. We still process, we still go on, we still go to work, we still train hard and we want to play more consistently."

Midfielder Vero Boquete


"To score in a home game like tonight, in front of almost 20,000 people, I think will be one of the best memories of my career. Tonight was the biggest crowd for me. I’ve never played in front of that many people. It was really special and I’m so proud it was here in Portland....When Steph [Catley] got the ball, I felt she would cross that ball and it would be there. Normally, I stay more for the second ball, but I was sure. I got that feeling that I had to run from the second line and when I saw the ball was in space, I just touched it to the other side and it was in."