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November 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

‘The objective here was to advance to the MLS Cup finals, and that was accomplished.’

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Here are some team-provided quotes from the Los Angeles Galaxy, which advanced to its third MLS Cup in four years after Sunday’s conclusion of the Western Conference finals.

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Bruce Arena – LA Galaxy Head Coach

(On general game impressions…) “Well, we didn’t play particularly well tonight; there’s no question about that. We did what we came here to do, to advance into the MLS Cup finals, so that was achieved. Obviously the conditions were difficult, with the surface and the rain and Seattle played quite well, no question about that. Having said all that, we won this competition 4-2 and deserve to move forward. We’ve got a couple weeks to get ready for a real good team. Houston’s in terrific form right now, so it’s going to be a heck of a challenging final.”

(On whether he feels his team escaped…) “There were a lot of tense moments. No, I don’t feel we escaped anything. We won 4-2 on aggregate; what’s there to escape from?”

(On whether the penalty kick was a legitimate penalty…) “I didn’t see it, so I couldn’t tell you. But even if we don’t get the penalty, we still advance 3-2 then.”

(On the performance of the two clubs…) “A game like tonight, you need someone to make a play. No question, we were not in good form tonight. We didn’t play particularly well. We couldn’t pass the ball. Seattle battled great. They competed hard and won a bunch of second balls and put us under a lot of pressure.

(On Keane’s overall performance and his thoughts on the Sounders…) “Robbie [Keane] worked hard. We had to have guys doing things that they’re not accustomed to necessarily, and Robbie had to chase the ball a lot tonight, and did what we expect a player of his quality to do in a game like this and these kind of conditions. We prevailed. We knew it was going to be difficult coming in here, and it certainly was. I give our team credit for advancing, and certainly give Seattle a lot of credit. Sigi [Schmid] does a terrific job with this team and they can continue to be one of the premier franchises in MLS.”

(On what Seattle did to make things difficult for his team…) “I just think that they could take a lot of risk. They’re a little bit more comfortable on this surface than we are, but they pressured us for every ball. They positioned themselves better and were much more aggressive for second balls. Basically, on the night, they outworked us.”

(On Marcelo Sarvas’ performance and on Juninho and Landon Donovan…) “It was a solid performance. We really missed Juninho, and I thought Juninho did a terrific job in his 25 to 30 minutes. … He did a very good job. We wanted to be careful with him tonight, as we did with Landon [Donovan]. If it was a Cup final tonight, Landon probably would have played, but we wanted to try to do the smart thing and not put him out for the rest of the season.”

(On the first 20 minutes…) “Yeah, we didn’t do well. We didn’t pass well tonight, we didn’t win second balls, and that was the difference. You know, you’ve got to give Seattle credit. They’re behind three goals and they’ve gotta lay it all on the line and be very aggressive and be a little bit risky, which they were with their line. And the conditions certainly helped, because it was a little bit difficult, passing the ball, and you could see our players are not fully confident on the surface, but that’s our problem, not theirs.”

(On what he said to his team after the game…) “I didn’t say a whole lot. We know we didn’t play particularly well. We knew it would be challenging. The objective here was to advance to the MLS Cup finals, and that was accomplished.”

Marcelo Sarvas – LA Galaxy Midfielder

(On his play in tonight’s game…) “I was just trying to do my job. I have the type of personality to try to keep the guys up and I think it worked very well. Of course we knew coming here it was going to be a hard game. Seattle played a fantastic game today and it was a great game.”

(On him chasing most of the night…) “I have to destroy. … I have to run off the ball and destroy, so i think I did my job.”

(On how the first 20 minutes of the game got away from them and how did they regroup…) “The first 20 minutes of the first half was very hard. They came and scored their very first goal in like 13 minutes, and also their fans put them more in the game. We had to calm down, but it was a really hard game.”

Josh Saunders – LA Galaxy Goalkeeper

(On how rewarding it is to be where they are now after the tough season…) “It’s extremely rewarding and it goes to show you the chemistry and character of our team. We all support each other and we all want to win.”

(On if there was a time in the season where they thought they weren’t going to make the playoffs…) “I think early on it was a running joke, but we knew all along that we were going to pull through, and we did pull through.”

(On the MLS Cup against Houston…) “Houston is a great team. They were rewarded with their hard work and we look forward to seeing them in the finals.”

(On how frantic he was the first 20 minutes of the game where they just kept coming at him…) “It’s the type of thing that if you let it get to you it’s going to. You just have to let the play happen, calm yourself down, calm the team down, and just try and get forward after they get forward.”

(On if his team feeds off of his play…) “The biggest thing is supporting your guys. Just show them that you’re there, and you’re there to support them. Slow the game down a little bit here and there, and talk to them and give them confidence to play.”

Omar Gonzalez – LA Galaxy Defender

(On what Robbie Keane’s goal meant to the team…) “It was great. That’s exactly what we needed. We needed that extra goal. Two goals gives teams a lot of confidence, so to get that extra one was great for us. The way that he drew it was great and it was amazing.”

(On the job Robbie Keane did defensively…) “It was pretty funny seeing him coming back sliding through and stopping crosses. I thought it was fantastic and I think that is exactly what we needed. Everyone did a great job contributing.”

(On what changed in Seattle after that goal…) “I think they were a little deflated. I think you could see it on their faces, but you know that was only for like a minute and they kept on coming at us. They ended up with a couple more chances, and Josh Saunders did well on saving that one from David Estrada.”

(On the first 20 minutes of the game and how they handled Seattle coming at them…) “Once the game slowed down we tried to get going, but it was really tough all night. I don’t think we were on and the times that we were you could see that we got some chances. We just needed more of that tonight.”


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