LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts following LA's 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact

16 October 11:48 pm

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts following LA's 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's thoughts from LA's 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact.

(On his overall thoughts of the game...)

ARENA: “All I told our team was a great win, maybe not a great game, but a great win.”

(On the play of Brian Rowe...)

ARENA: “He needs to be active and get off his line. I think with [Marco] Di Vaio on the field, he’s always going to be a player pursuing opportunities in the penalty area. If you don’t come off your line, he’s going to knick one. I thought Brian Rowe’s aggressiveness was a big part of our success today.”

On the goal scored by Kofi Opare...)

ARENA: “Not surprising that the goal came off a bit of a scramble, which was likely expected given the circumstances of the game and all. Give Kofi [Opare] a lot of credit, Robbie [Keane] kept the ball alive. We had a couple of other chances during the game. I think their keeper did well. I think in the first half we were very poor technically, too slow on ball. When we got into the second half, we got a little bit better. But we know we could be better than we were tonight.”

(On the play of Robbie Keane...)

ARENA: “I don’t know if you were surprised he didn’t start the game, he played 90 minutes last night in Dublin, I wouldn’t think we could get 90 minutes out of him tonight. I would have liked to have not played him, but we needed to get Robbie on the field and his presence was spectacular. He gave the team confidence, energy, and the technical ability we needed to try and break this team down. He told me he was playing, I have been in touch with him via text messages and he indicated to me from yesterday on that he was going to be ready and I said let’s wait and see. He arrived at 3’oclock today and he walked in and said he was ready to go to give us as many minutes as we need.”

(On the status of Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan for Sunday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes...)

ARENA: "We expect them to be ready to play this weekend."