LA Galaxy 0, New York Red Bulls 1
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J.
NY – Tim Cahill 4 (Juninho 4) 91+
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (Yellow Card) 34’
NY – Thierry Henry (Yellow Card) 87’
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Greg Cochrane 83’), Juninho (Rafael Garcia 10’), Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan; Robbie Keane©, Jose Villarreal (Gyasi Zardes 61’).
Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Leonardo, Michael Stephens, Charlie Rugg.
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Roy Miller; Eric Alexander (Lloyd Sam 88’), Tim Cahill, Juninho, Jonathan Steele (Brandon Barklage 94+); Fabian Espindola (Dax McCarty 77’), Thierry Henry©.
Subs Not Used: Santiago Castano, Heath Pearce, Michael Bustamante, Marius Obekop..
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee’s Assistants: Peter Manikowski and Greg Barkey
4th Official: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 25,219 (sellout)
With the loss, the Galaxy are now 5-4-2 on the season for 17 points. They remain tied with Real Salt Lake for third place in the Western Conference and are two points behind second place Portland.
The game rounded out the club’s three-game road trip that saw the Galaxy go 1-2-0 for three of a possible nine points while scoring five goals and allowing five goals.
Three of LA’s four losses this season have ended 1-0.
New York outshot LA 10-9, holding the Galaxy under 10 attempts at goal for the first time all season long.
The Galaxy are now winless in their last five regular season games against the Red Bulls, going 0-4-1 in those games and being shutout four times.
Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that beat Philadelphia 4-1 on Wednesday night with Sean Franklin and Hector Jimenez each returning to the lineup in place of Mike Magee and Tommy Meyer, neither of whom dressed for thet game.
This was the 15th straight game in all competitions this season that the Galaxy had made at least one change to their starting lineup.
Jack McBean missed his fourth straight game because of a fractured left clavicle while Mike Magee sat out with a right ankle injury.
This was the first time all season that Magee missed a game.
Juninho was forced to leave the game with a right shin injury after just 10 minutes. He was replaced by Rafael Garcia, who played the final 80 minutes. Before Sunday’s game, Garcia had only played 30 minutes total in MLS games since the start of last season.
A.J. DeLaGarza was the lone Galaxy player to be booked on the afternoon, collecting his first yellow card of the year in the 34th minute.
The score was tied 0-0 at the half for the sixth time this season. LA are 1-4-1 this season when tied 0-0 at the break.
New York scored the game-winning goal in the first minute of second half stoppage time when Tim Cahill headed a Juninho freekick past Carlo Cudicini for his first-ever goal against the Galaxy.
Gyasi Zardes came on for Jose Villarreal in the 61st minute after missing Wednesday’s win over Philadelphia with an ankle injury. He had one of his team’s two shots on goal.
The two teams combined for 30 fouls in the game with Jamison Olave committing a game-high four fouls and Robbie Keane suffering a game-high four fouls.
The Galaxy committed eight fouls in the first half against the Union. That was equal to their total from their two previous games combined.
The Galaxy will be back in action on Sunday, May 26 when they host Seattle Sounders FC at The Home Depot Center. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. (PT) and will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA
On the goal:
That’s not good. That play tonight can’t happen. That’s 90% goalkeeper ball there. You saw that goal; we had plays the other way to get a goal too…You have to make a play; they made a play, we didn’t; that’s the difference in the game. That game should be one point.
On the team’s effort:
That’s a real good effort; we played pretty well for the third game in a week traveling all over the country. I’m disappointed for our players because we certainly played well enough to get out of here with a point.
On the road trip:
I’m very disappointed not having a minimum of four points in the road trip even though it was a good effort from our guys. Our guys played pretty well (today) given the fact that most of them were pushed for the third game in a week. I can’t argue with their effort.
LA GALAXY GOALKEEPER CARLO CUDICINI
On the goal:
It was a silly free kick in our half and from there, Juninho played the ball right into the box and then of course I don’t know what happened really because they jumped in front of people. I tried to reach it but it was too far.
On if he could have done anything to prevent the goal:
It’s easy when you’re up there; when you’re on the pitch is difficult. I could’ve done many things; every time you concede a goal you can do different things. But of course it’s disappointing because I don’t think we deserved to lose. I think we had actually had the better chances but in the end we go home with zero points.
On the road trip:
Considering what we did today, I think going home with four points would’ve been a fair result. We didn’t have a great game in Vancouver, we know that, but we came out stronger in Philadelphia and today I think was a good performance from the team. It’s just a pity that we concede again.
LA GALAXY FORWARD ROBBIE KEANE
On the match:
I don’t think the game really deserved a winner. I don’t think the two teams were particularly good today to be honest with you. Maybe a draw was probably a very fair result. We had a couple of half chances but we didn’t create too many chances. I think when you concede in the last minute of the game it’s always hard to take.
On the team’s attacking play:
I think we just didn’t have the attacking resource that we did a few nights ago. We just needed a little, maybe 10 more percent and I think we probably could’ve won the game but we didn’t do that. It’s one of those things; just have to get on with it now, show some character and look forward to the next game.
On if the tiring road trip affected the team’s play:
I don’t think so. I thought the two teams were fairly similar today. I don’t think it made that much of a difference to be honest with you…It was the same in the second half of the last game. The first half was kind of like the way the whole game was today. Then we picked up the second half and we end up scoring three goals in the second half. It’s always disappointing, especially when you concede on a set piece. It’s always hard to take.
LA GALAXY FORWARD LANDON DONOVAN
On his team’s performance:
It was a really good game, it was a really good game. The rain was good, it made it fast. Both teams played pretty well. There wasn’t a ton of chances, but some good play. They made the play that mattered
On the Galaxy conceding late goals:
If we knew how to fix it then we wouldn’t be talking about it. It’s happening late, but we’re losing concentration in key moments. Guys have to make plays, we always have to make a play that makes a difference and that hasn’t happened and we’re getting punished. We have to learn our lesson at some point. It’s not the end of the season because we did that today, but we have to learn our lesson.
NEW YORK RED BULLS HEAD COACH MIKE PETKE
On today’s match:
It’s a huge win for us and the organization. It’s a quality team. I thought they had the better of us for sure in the first half. I thought we had very good moments in the first half, but I thought that they had the better play. It’s a team that’s won two championships, playing the same style that they’ve had enough time to perfect it and make it their own in a way. I thought the second half we came out with a better understanding of what we wanted to do, some bite and took it to ‘em with it.
On today’s game being a measuring stick playing against the top team in the league:
Well I mean I don’t believe I said it was a measuring stick in a way. I think, like I said, it was the potential for three points. You know, losing today is not going to put us in the bottom; winning today is not going to show us to the MLS Cup. It’s a very good quality team and I’ve watched LA for years now like everybody has. They’re very good at what they do. I think that come August, September, they’re going to make their run again. They can only get better. Just watching the way Bruce [Arena] has them playing and their off-ball movement especially is impressive and I think it gave us fits in the first half. Second half, like I said, I think we came out with a better mentality and we possessed the ball better than we did in the first half and got the ball moving.
On Tim Cahill and Juninho’s play during the game today:
Juninho with the ball at his feet is class. There’s obviously times when it doesn’t work out or he gets frustrated, but I think as the game went on he took control of the ball at his feet. Tim, I mean what else am I going to say about Tim that I haven’t already said in the last month or two? You know, he was never criticized from anybody here, but now that he’s scoring goals everybody seems to think he’s doing great and I thought he was doing great all along. They’re two big leaders on our team and they showed up big.
On if there is being a better defender than Jamison Olave:
Defensively? No, not at all. The biggest reason we brought him here is for what he’s been doing. We don’t expect him to be the play man building out of the back. I could care less if the ball winds up at his feet once, to be honest with you. The way he hunts the ball, the way he reads the game, his catch up speed is unbelievable and he’s a guy who makes a difference. From the first moment, the first tackle he gets into, he’s somebody that a forward is going to be looking over his shoulder for the rest of the game. He doesn’t do it dirty, he does it very timed, and he does it well.
On the defense:
And along with the back four, and I’ll throw Heath Pearce in there as well, I think the last few games Heath did very well and I had a conversation with him saying that at this time the back four is doing well, but we need to find a way to rotate you in because he’s done well also.
On the play in the second half:
Well the whole message from the first half, a big part of the message, from what I saw it was very easy for them to defend against us. We played square ball after square ball after square ball, not many penetrating balls. If it wasn’t a square ball it was a 30 yard, 40 yard, someone trying to make the game with one pass instead of penetrating, bringing it back, and possessing with it. I think that relieved a lot of pressure for us in the second half. And then we were able to possess in that half and we were in a good position when we lost it to immediately pressure it and win it back and I think that’s what was missing in the first half. You know, it took us…we were very excited before the game. I tried to calm them down. I think maybe we were a bit too excited going into the first whistle.
NEW YORK RED BULLS FORWARD THIERRY HENRY
On today’s match:
I don’t think we played well today, I don’t think that LA deserved to lose. I actually thought they way they were playing, especially at the end that they deserved to win the game, but since I’ve been here I think we would have lost that game before. The thing that I learned today is that we can win these types of games. Like I said, I thought LA was better than us today, but we won. It is nice, but we will have to do a bit more and work a bit more in training and do more, and pass the ball a bit better, especially on the ground like they do. That is what we have to learn sometimes when you win games. It is always a good thing to try to rectify stuff when you win and the way that they play is the right way. Pass the ball on the ground, they try to reach Robbie Keane and go on the side and put crosses in. So, like you said, I will agree with you, we are playing well and we won the game. We also learned that if we maybe meet them later, we have to be a bit better.
On the game-winning goal and the team’s upcoming matches:
If you look at the replay, I don’t touch (Gonzalez), but I just stand by him and when it turns he runs into me and Tim gets a couple of steps to be ahead, but that is what you do in the game. Like I said, it is important to score on set pieces. It didn’t look like, apart from the opportunity in the first half; we were going to outplay them today. It didn’t look like it. Like I said, you got to win games somehow sometimes when you aren’t playing well. We have done it quite a lot recently to be honest, but let’s enjoy it. Like I said, next week we go back and work because we are going to have a tough one against Columbus and after that we play Vancouver before we have the break. It’s always a plus if you can manage to beat the champs, but they are still the champs. We are going to have to step our game up, try to play a bit better, but we will take this one.
NEW YORK RED BULLS DEFENDER MARKUS HOLGERRSON
On starting and his play:
I am on the same level now. I just try to get my chances and play as much as I can and do it as good as I can. I want to get to the next level and be better every practice and every game. It is good to have (Jamison) Olave and we can help each other to get to the next level.
On playing with Jamison Olave:
Like I said before, out defensive game is really well. It is really, really good now, but our offensive game can be so much better and that takes time. Sometimes we miss communication or miss the spot where we want to be. I would say that by the end of the summer we can do both defense and offense. We are close.
On defending Robbie Keane:
He’s good because he is going into you, close to your body, and then he gets out. He is running on the blind spot all the time and then when the ball is coming he has such good timing and everything. It is really hard, but today we missed him one time and then he had a header. He is really good.
NEW YORK RED BULLS DEFENDER JAMISON OLAVE (Translated from Spanish)
On today’s match:
It was a hard fought match, we knew what (Los Angeles) wanted to do; they are a team that controls the ball so well, they have very smart players up top and are dangerous on the counterattack but I thought we did a good job on them and we countered what they wanted to do.
On the team’s performance on the second half:
I think we didn’t play all that well on the second half because we didn’t control the ball. We should be capable of playing much better; we have the players to play better. Today in my opinion we didn’t play too well but we fought all game, but it was that type of game for us. I think that’s why we didn’t perform on the second half, we lost too many balls, we ran too much and we were feeling it at the end of the game.
On the result:
Without a doubt is an important result, we didn’t play well at times we still managed to earn three points and that will be an important building block the rest of the week… It’s an important win for us, we beat a great team and we continue to win, earning points and consolidating our spot amongst the top of the table and it gives us a sense of calmness for the rest of the week.
On how his game changed between halves:
I was a lot more vocal in the second half… I was more vocal because we were making some mistakes, we were giving them too much space and it needed to be addressed, those mistakes needed to be fixed so we could finish off strong in the second half.
NEW YORK RED BULLS MIDFIELDER TIM CAHILL
On his ability to score goals late:
No, I think the coach wanted to mix it up and put me upfront towards the end. I’m just happy to score, I have Thierry (Henry) to thank for the block on (Omar) Gonzalez, he’s a big guy and was heading everything away and I knew where Juninho was going to put it, I knew it was going to be dangerous and it was just a matter of getting contact. It’s good when you seem to have a chance to produce in big games and I’ve managed to come up for us lately, so it’s nice.
On if the game was what he expected:
Yeah, they are a good team. They are a really good team… They’ve got footballers, they play great football and the intensity like the boys said “we are in for a game at halftime.” We had to step our tempo up in the second half. They had too much time on the ball and it was frustrating me, because I was like, let’s get into these guys, let’s get see if they want a bit of a battle as well and in my head I wanted the intensity to be higher, I wanted us to put more emphasis in the game and in the end, you know we prevailed and we got the result. They are a team that doesn’t like to get roughed up. I’m happy in the end for the result.
On Jamison Olave’s play today:
He’s been amazing since he signed here and that’s why I talk about that our results come from consistency, defense, if we don’t concede we win. These guys in the back are doing this week in and week out and you know, because we are playing (LA) Galaxy it gets noticed. I think that… (Jamison) Olave can speak for himself, he’s been class and I always say when I don’t win the header he wins it in the box when we are defending and when I win it he’s behind me. He’s a nice guy to have in your team and someone who wins every challenge, you know they don’t want to get near him and that’s the way it should be every game. I’m buzzing for him because he deserves it and he deserves a lot more praise than just today
On how this team is different from the beginning of the season:
Our team different? No it’s not different. I just think we were unlucky. You know when you start with new staff and new players, it takes time for the ingredients to actually mix together and become something special. Still at the moment, we are still working on it. It was a period we had of understanding each other and the main thing is with football, you have to concentrate on the team ethic, not individuals, nothing like that. You have to make sure everyone knows their job. You might not be playing but you might have to come up for ten minutes at the end. When Dax (McCarty) came on, I told him that’s what it’s all about. It’s about integrating players, understanding your jobs, understanding this is a long season and we have to play for each other and not as individuals.