COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On an emotional night, the LA Galaxy picked up a vital point in their run to the postseason with a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew.
The match ends a grueling nine game, month-long stretch for the Galaxy. LA will now have a brief four day break before returning to the training field on Monday to prepare for their CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapan at The Home Depot Center on August 23rd.
Below are Arena's thoughts on the match....
“We played okay. We’re a bit of a tired team. This has been a challenging trip. Obviously, the Crew played with a lot of emotion tonight. This is one of those games where a draw is a fair result for both teams.”
(On how he wanted the Galaxy to combat the emotion of the Crew...)
“Obviously it was hard to find 11 players that could play. We’re pretty exhausted from Sunday night and the trip across the country as well. It’s a little on the difficult side. We knew that this part of the season was going to be a little bit of an issue, and our guys did alright. We had some fatigue at the end of the first half. The Crew created a bunch of good chances probably between the 35 and 45 minute. At the end of the game, we positioned ourselves to win the game and you can’t ask for much more. It’s always good to get a point on the road, but we would have obviously preferred three.”
(On if he can imagine what the Crew is going through...)
“I can imagine a little bit. It’s certainly a very difficult situation. We feel for the Urso family and the Crew in this sad time and tragic event. We hope that time helps heal a little bit here. That can’t be an easy situation for the family or the organization. We wish our very best to the Urso family and the Crew. Anything we can do to support them, we would certainly do that.”
(On Mike Magee's status...)
"He's okay. He just got kicked."