Juninho returns to training as the LA Galaxy revisit defeat to the Earthquakes

01 July 5:48 pm

Juninho returns to training as the LA Galaxy revisit defeat to the Earthquakes

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy returned to the training field on Monday for their first session following Saturday’s stunning 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Just two starters from Saturday’s game—Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho—were present during the portion of training open the media.  Prior to the training session, the starters broke down the tape of the defeat to the Earthquakes with head coach Bruce Arena, according to Juninho, the conversation wasn't a pleasant one.  

“[We made] a couple mistakes in the end, and Bruce [Arena] talked to us about it,” said Juninho. “[Arena said] a couple goals we missed in the end of a game like that and this cannot happen again.”

Juninho returned to the training field after leaving in the – minute following a heavy challenge from San Jose’s Victor Bernárdez.  The foul saw Bernárdez pick up a second yellow card as well as an ejection for the play, but Juninho noted that he remembered little from the action.

“I received the ball, turned it over and tried to run [after the ball]. [Bernárdez] came in with a crazy tackle. It hit my ankle again, my ankle is not a 100 percent, but everyone knows that,” said Juninho. “I rolled first and then he kicked me. When he hit me, I felt so much hurt.  But I'm okay right now.”

As for his status for Thursday’s match, Juninho expects to be on the field against the Columbus Crew.

“I underwent treatment, so we'll see during the week how I am,” said Juninho.