LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts following LA's 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC

28 July 10:47 pm

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts following LA's 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC

By Adam Serrano

SEATTLE -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.

His quotes are below.

(On the game…)

ARENA: “The team played well. It was a good performance on the road and a good performance if you were at home. Our guys played well tonight. They looked sharp.”

(On Marcelo Sarvas’ play…)

ARENA: “He played well. He played a good 90 minutes on both sides of the ball. It was a really good performance.”

(On what he said at halftime…)

ARENA: “Win the game. Our objective is to win the game and we did a pretty smart job in the second half. It could’ve been a little bit better, but good enough to get the win.”

(On why they dominated so much in the first half…)

ARENA: “We played well. We looked sharp and, you know, it’s mid-year right now. Everyone is still finding themselves. We’re just beginning to get our team on the field. After a half a season of misery, having to deal with the injuries and the absences and all that, hopefully we’ll get a little bit more of a solidified unit.”

(On the return of Omar Gonzalez…)

ARENA: “Omar hasn’t played with us for three months so it was great to get him back on the field.”

(On Robbie Rogers and Dan Gargan’s play…)

ARENA: “They played well. Our entire team played well tonight. It was a good performance and it was nice to get that group on the field. It was probably the first time they’ve played together this year.”

(On if the slow schedule at the beginning of the year helps with getting momentum now…)

ARENA: “The schedule at the beginning of the year helps nobody. It was a terrible schedule and made it very awkward and difficult to get our team moving in the right direction. That’s all part of it as well. We’re trying to catch up now. We’re only 18 games in at this point in the season and we’d like to have a few more. We have a real challenge ahead of us going into the second half of the season.”

(On the intelligence of his team’s play…)

ARENA: “We didn’t have to be pretty in the second half. Our goal is to win the game and I thought they played a smart game. Getting a clean sheet was important.”

(On if Chad Marshall playing would’ve made a difference for Seattle…) 

ARENA:“Everybody misses players. It’s all part of it. He certainly is a good player. Would he have made a difference in the game? I don’t know.”

(On the team’s play as of late…)

ARENA:“I think over the last 10 games, we’re like 6-1-3 or something. It’s not like we’re playing bad.”

(On if the result against Manchester United may have motivated the team…)

ARENA: “It has nothing to do with anything. It’s just an exhibition. We could’ve cared less whether we won or lost that game. It’s an exhibition. It’s good for Manchester United. It’s good for the Galaxy. It’s good for the fans that came to the game, and that’s the most important thing. If you read anything more into exhibitions, then you probably don’t know what you’re watching. Having said that, if we play them 10 times, there’s a good chance they’ll beat us 10 times so let’s be fair about that.”