Bruce Arena's thoughts from the LA Galaxy's 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union

15 May 8:45 pm

Bruce Arena's thoughts from the LA Galaxy's 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union

By Adam Serrano

CHESTER, Pa. – Bruce Arena’s postgame comments following the LA Galaxy’s 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.

The victory snapped LA’s two game losing skid and gave LA their second victory on the road this season. LA ends their three game road trip on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

Arena’s comments are below…

(On the game…)

ARENA: “We were a little better tonight, not great. We were unbelievably sloppy in the first half and some sloppy times in the second half, obviously some good goals. We had a little bit better performance, some better concentration in the second 45 minutes and we will take the three points but we certainly realize we have to get this team better.”

(On Landon getting back into form…)

ARENA: “My suspicion is he (Landon Donovan) is a very good player and so it’s just a matter of time where he is going to get his touch back, his confidence, and his fitness on a more consistent basis. We’d like to believe that that is going to start now.  His second half was real good, he got a little tired in the first half which is natural in these second games but I thought his second half was spectacular.”

(On Donovan’s second half…)

ARENA: “His second half was really good. I thought he got a little tired in the first half which is natural in these second games and I thought his second half was spectacular.”

On having Robbie Keane back

ARENA: “Robbie (Keane) is a great player, what else can you say. He makes us look real good, he was pretty good tonight. I was surprised he got through 90 minutes, I thought we were going to have to take him out around 75 minutes, but we had to keep him on the field and he did a good job towards the end.”

(On whether the team pulled Todd Dunivant out due to fatigue as well…)

ARENA: “He was dead. His legs were shot and you can get away with one of your strikers being a little tired, but your back line has to be a little bit more solid so I thought the change was good. He did fine, it’s going to take some games to get him back as well.”

(On what this win will do to carry them into New York …)

ARENA: Hopefully good energy but we will find out Sunday. It’s good to get the win, but we have a long task ahead of us. We have to get our legs back, make sure the players recover the right way, and hopefully step on the field and give the Red Bulls a good game on Sunday.

(On the team’s depth with Charlie Rugg and Gyasi Zardes playing major minutes…)

ARENA: “Well, they haven’t played major minutes. They’ve played a little bit. The minutes on those two don’t add up two probably don’t add up a 120 minutes yet. They’re players with a lot of potential and we feel about them and we have to find the right ways to move them along so they can be productive for us.”