LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's comments following LA's 2-1 win over FC Dallas

21 May 9:51 pm

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's comments following LA's 2-1 win over FC Dallas

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was all-smiles following his team's 2-1 defeat of FC Dallas on Wednesday.

Below are Arena's comments to the media. 

(On the team’s general performance…)

ARENA: “I think [we scored] two good goals. Obviously, Keane’s was a spectacular finish and Gyasi (Zardes) is in a good spot to put away that good. We’re pleased with that. Probably, we had a few opportunities to get a second one. I think it was a good night for us. Obviously, the three points were important. I think we were a little bit sloppy. I give Dallas credit. They pushed really hard to get the equalizer at the end and did a good job. We were probably a little sloppy over the last 15 minutes and could have been better. It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”

(On the play of Kenny Walker and Gyasi Zardes…)

ARENA: It was very good. We brought two new players in the lineup and both played very well. I am very pleased with Kenny Walker. He did an outstanding job. He’s passing was excellent. And, Gyasi scored the winning goal, so I can’t complain.

(On Juninho’s performance…)

ARENA: Juninho had a really good game. He’s arguable our best player the first nine games of the season. He’s been very consistent and had another good night tonight.

(On Raul Mendiola’s appearance…)

ARENA: Obviously, a young player that each minute is important for him. He showed some confidence and ability. He’s still a little bit young and maybe the last few minutes could have done better on a couple of plays. We think he’s an exciting young player and hopefully, we can move him along.

(On Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare playing together for the second game…)

ARENA: I thought they did well. Good job. Kofi had a few lapses in the first half and responded well in the second and, did a real good job.