BRADENTON, Florida - Despite an early stumble, United States Women's Under-17 Head Coach Mark Carr was pleased with his team's performance in Wednesday's 10-1 win over Bermuda at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship.
"We knew Bermuda would be a scrappy team and I think early on they hung around and did a tremendous job," said Carr in an exclusive post-match interview with CONCACAF.com.
"I think as the game went on we grew in confidence and had a chance to regroup at halftime, make some changes and adjustments. I think we finished the game really strong, so it's all really positive," added Carr.
Despite the wide margin of victory, Bermuda made life difficult for the U.S. in the first half when they equalized in the 17'. It was not until Maya Doms's goal in the 32' that the U.S. had some breathing room.
Carr was quick to praise Bermuda's effort, adding that it is yet another example of the rise of island nations within CONCACAF.
"Credit to Bermuda, they scored off a set piece. I think it's a credit to the level of play in our region and how teams are improving and getting more resources. The gap is closing so it's definitely a credit to Bermuda," said Carr.
Up next on the docket for the U.S. is a clash with rivals Canada in a meeting of two teams with identical records (2W-0D-0L) and the same aspirations of taking top spot in Group B.
"We'll analyze what we did and what we can do better. I's knowing what Canada's strengths are and focusing on the next game. I think Canada is a formidable opponent, the last time we played them it was a battle. I think you want those games and we want to go through those games. It won't be easy. We'll give all of our respect to Canada and we're looking forward it," concluded Carr.