LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena endorses Leonardo to recover from Vancouver mistake

23 April 4:24 pm

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena endorses Leonardo to recover from Vancouver mistake

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy center back Leonardo took plenty of flak his second half defensive error in LA’s draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but the Brazilian defender believes that he’ll rebound.

LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan spoke to Leonardo, goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and Bruce Arena about how the defender moves forward from the crucial error against Vancouver.

Following training, I asked Arena about how Leonardo moves forward and whether he simply needs to have a short memory or should focus on correcting the concentration error. The response from the Galaxy boss was worth noting.

“It has to be a little of both. I’m sure you’ve made mistakes in your life. Fell off your tricycle at some point and had to learn from that. You put the Band-Aid on and you get on with business,” Arena said. “That’s basically what we’re doing. It’s all part of life, but unfortunately for athletes especially defenders or goalkeepers, when they make a mistake, everyone is an expert and has it all figured out. Leo was involved in a lot of plays in that game where he was excellent. However, he did make a crucial error; we learn from it and move on.”

As for Leonardo, the center back is bullish about his ability to recover from performances like the match against the Whitecaps and the Club Tijuana defeat earlier in the year.

“It happens to players,” Leonardo admitted.  “I think the thing to understand that when we face more complicated games you learn from your mistakes.”