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July 5, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Sounders FC 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 3 — L.A. quotes

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena

On the team’s performance: “It was a good win. I thought our team played very well tonight, although we played a little bit sloppy in the second half, and maybe made it a little bit more difficult that it needed to be. It was a great effort by the team. I think our forwards, in the first half, did a great a job. Our central midfield was excellent. Defensively, we were real good, but we obviously got a little sloppy in the defensive end of the field in the second half. I think overall it was a good performance, against a team that needed to go on the road and get some points. I think we played well. We could have been a little bit better with some of our chances. We played well, but there are some warning signs there when we got a little bit sloppy during the second half, so we have to improve on that.”

On Landon Donovan’s health: “His injury is fatigue. It’s not a hamstring. He’s a little run down, and it showed tonight. If Landon was going to play his first game back from the World Cup, it was going to be in Los Angeles. If he needs some time off, we are going to give him some time off. It may be a decision we make his week. He may not be going to New England.”

On Donovan’s and Edson Buddle’s return: “I thought they played well. Early in the game, you could see that Landon’s legs were a little heavy. He hasn’t quite, obviously, recovered from the games, travel, all of that. Certainly to Landon’s credit, he’s desire to be here, to be on the field and try to make us successful. Overall, I give him high grades on his performance tonight, as I do for Edson.”

On Juninho’s goal: “I thought he was outstanding tonight. We’ve seen this over the past month. He’s a very good player. He caught up to the speed of the game and the way we play in MLS. With all players, it’s a transition period. I think he’s done very well. You can see him being to emerge. I think he’s an outstanding player. I’m so happy for his goal. We see those goals in training. It was a fabulous goal. He had a great game tonight.”

Galaxy captain Landon Donovan

On being back with the club: “I’m tired. There was a lot of energy and emotion in the beginning of the game with the big crowd. We put a lot of energy into the first half and then got tired, but I’m really happy to be back and I’m really happy to be a part of this team again.”

On why it was important for him to play tonight: “It’s a Fourth of July game, it’s a chance to get back here and be with my teammates and like I’ve said many times, it does no good to live in the past. This is what the present is now and so it’s my job to be here, to play and to help this team win.”

On the play of Edson Buddle: “He was great. He’s right back where he left off. I know he was a little bit disappointed not to play more in South Africa but it says a lot about him that he was able to come back, put it all behind him and just get on with it.”

On how the team has changed since he left in May: “We seem a little more mature and I think we’re starting to pass better, we’re starting to move better. The guys in midfield, Birchall, Juninho and Mikey Stephens looked great and I think we’re just more confident as the season goes on.”

On getting the early lead after having to chase games at the World Cup: “To have a lead? It was nice. It was just good to be back a part of a team that I’m also comfortable with. The way we started the game was really encouraging. It was fun, really fun to play in that first half and be a part of that.”

On Juninho’s goal: “I would say Goal of the Year candidate. Unbelievable strike. When he hit it, you’re not sure where it’s going, but it was an unbelievable goal. I’m happy for him. We’ve seen him do it in practice a lot of times so when he gets a chance in there we want him to shoot. Even if he doesn’t put it there, even if he just puts it on goal, it’s dangerous for the goalkeeper and it’s difficult, especially with that ball, to deal with. He had a really good game otherwise and I was happy to see him get the goal.”

LA Galaxy Forward Edson Buddle

On returning to LA: “You hear talk that people were happy we were back and, like I said, we wanted to play well and get a win at home. Being that it was a sold out crowd, you want to impress the crowd so that fans come back on nights besides the Fourth.”

On scoring his 10th goal of the season: “I wanted to get a goal especially coming back. First I wanted to play well but if a goal came I would take it and I’m happy with the result.”

On Bob Bradley being present at the game: “It’s always good to do well in front of Bob. To get a goal, in my first game back, and for him to be in stands is a good thing.”

On maintaining possession: “We had the ball for a lot of minutes in the first half, which caught me by surprise, I know that since I got back to practice they have been moving the ball very well but to actually do it in the game I was very impressed. It was a good thing to see.”

On tonight’s crowd: “I definitely felt that (extra excitement in the crowd). There were cheers when we came out of the tunnel and I saw signs of “welcome back”, I did take notice of that.”

On Juninho’s goal: “It was very impressive. He struck it well and it faded right into the upper corner.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Juninho:

On his first career goal: “For the first goal it is very important to show the fans that I am giving my all to them because they have faith in me.”

LA Galaxy Defender Sean Franklin

On the crowd: “Amazing. I felt it was one of our bigger crowds of the season and they were great tonight in supporting us. And I hope they enjoyed a great fireworks show.”

Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant

On the return of Buddle and Donovan: “I think that it put them on their heels a little bit more. We were getting in behind their defense and they were sitting back. The first half especially I thought we had them on their heels the entire half and that really set the tone for the entire game. That was good and you attribute that to Edson being able to hold the ball up and Landon making his runs in behind and causing all kinds of problems for them, so they bring two pretty good elements to our team.”

On the play of the club’s defense: “We got a little sloppy in the last 30 minutes. When it was 2-0 I thought that we took our foot off the gas a little bit and lost a little bit of concentration. We have to do better and I think that we know that. We’ll correct it and move on. It was a good performance”


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