Arena's postgame thoughts from Sunday's draw with Earthquakes

21 October 8:38 pm

Arena's postgame thoughts from Sunday's draw with Earthquakes

By Adam Serrano

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Bruce Arena's postgame thoughts from Sunday's 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. 

Read Arena's thoughts below... 

(On importance of getting a point without David Beckham and Landon Donovan...)

ARENA: “I’m not sure it’s gratifying, I think we should have had three points today. We should have won today.”

(On the result being a character builder...)

ARENA: “It was a good effort, some quality soccer. When you play San Jose,  it’s a real battle, a lot of little fouling off the ball, so it’s kind of like a playoff mentality. Our guys did well; I think they responded well. Unfortunately we gave away a lead twice and that’s the discouraging part. The encouraging part was that we played well, at times very well.”

 (On the team's play...)

ARENA: "We went on the goalkeeper one-on-one three times in the first half, we scored two goals in the second half, and give up the lead on two occasions. It was a game where we played pretty well throughout the 90 minutes."

(On the Foul called on Omar Gonzalez that led to the first goal…)

ARENA: "It’s all part of the game; I would imagine if the referee had to call that play over again, he probably wouldn't have called that foul the way that he called it. But that’s life, what are you going to do. In this league, if you're going to spend a lot of time complaining about the officiating, you're going to drive yourself crazy. It’s not worth it. We're still in contention to get three points and we didn't do that. We played well, we can't allow the officiating to deter us from what we're trying to do."