Bruce Arena's thoughts from the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with D.C. United

14 September 4:58 pm

Bruce Arena's thoughts from the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with D.C. United

By Adam Serrano

WASHINGTON – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s quotes following the team’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United…

Check it out below…

(On the result...)

ARENA: “We’re disappointed. At the end of the game, we’re positioned to have three points and we need to do better in those situations. It was a day where we give D.C. United credit – they played real hard for 90 minutes. We had to battle real hard. We positioned ourselves poorly at the end of the first half by…I call it giving away a goal. Give [Chris] Pontius credit as well for stripping Omar [Gonzalez] and finishing off the play. Then we got the second goal, which should be enough to give us three points, [but] we failed to keep them off the scoreboard at the end of the game, so that’s disappointing.”

(On the physicality of the game and whether that hindered LA...)

ARENA; “It was physical. We got fouled a little bit more than we anticipated, and it was a hard game. We made it a hard game because we were well-positioned early in this game. If we would be smart with the ball and good and tight defensively, we go into halftime with the lead.”

(On Omar Gonzalez’s turnover that led to the first D.C. United goal and whether it was a “teaching moment”…)

ARENA: “If it was a teaching moment, he failed – he got a bad grade, then. He’s experienced enough as a player now; he shouldn’t be in that position. Hopefully, he continues to grow from his experiences.”

(On midfielder Michael Stephens’ goal…)

ARENA: “It was a good goal. Give him credit – it was good to see Mike [Stephens] come off the bench and contribute.”

(On Robbie Keane’s play tonight…)

ARENA: “Robbie [Keane] was on the ball a lot the whole game. His legs were a little bit tired. I think he stood on the ball a little bit too much tonight, and I think that’s attributed o his travel and his fatigue.”

(On Jaime Moreno being inducted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition…)

ARENA: “Great player – he belongs there. Well-deserved recognition.”