LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts from LA's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC

27 October 10:05 pm

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts from LA's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC

By Adam Serrano

SEATTLE – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s postgame comments following LA’s 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC.

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(On the game…)

ARENA: “Competitive game. Pretty even game. It was a good result for us.”

(On the missed call on the apparent goal…)

ARENA: “Obviously I don’t see it from where I am, but I was told it was about a yard over the line. For some reason, I think we should be able to see that one. We’re fortunate to get out of it, not using that as a major sticking point in the game.”

(On Robbie Keane’s goal…)

ARENA: “It was a big goal. The second half, we played better. The game slowed down a little bit and we got a little more comfortable on the surface. We’re pleased with the point.”

(On the team’s defense…)

ARENA: “They played well tonight. I thought it was Omar’s [Gonzalez] best game in a while. Kofi Opare has been really solid for us. He’s a good young player. We play two first-year players with Kofi and [Greg] Cochrane so I’m real pleased with those young players. And Gyasi [Zardes] as well, so we got incredible experience tonight for our young kids. I think down the stretch, our veteran players made a difference for us.”

(On the tough defending at the end…)

ARENA: “It was a good game in preparation for the playoffs for us. We’re pleased with that.”

(On Robbie Rogers…)

ARENA: “I thought Robbie held up really well physically. We have to get him a little more comfortable in the attack, but I thought his game was fairly balanced. He certainly did a good job defensively. If we can get a little more out of him in the attack, it will be a positive.”

(On facing Salt Lake…)

ARENA: “I don’t remember the last time we’ve seen them. We had a good series with them this year. They’re a very talented team. We look forward to the game. It will be a good series.”

(On Robbie Keane’s play…)

ARENA: “He had a solid game and when he gets that goal, you have to say he had a very good game. Goals are rare in this sport and Robbie seems to get them at the right time. Overall, I thought the last 10 or 15 minutes of the game, he was very influential for us in terms of leadership. He and Landon [Donovan] really stepped up and got the players organized and confident so we could walk off the field with a point.”

(On being undefeated in the black kits…)

ARENA: “I mean whatever. I’m not quite sure it’s the uniforms. You put 11 bad players in that kit and I don’t think you’re going to win too many games.”

(On how this game propels them into the playoffs…)

ARENA: “We’ll only know once we’re done with the season. We’ve had a good run since August. We’ve done a good job and we’ll hopefully be healthy by the weekend when we play. We’ll be in a good position to be competitive and hopefully win the first series.”

(On how the team is physically…)

ARENA: “We had a few scrapes [tonight], but for the most part I think we held up OK.”