Notes & Quotes from LA vs Seattle

The Galaxy handed coach Sigi Schmid the largest loss in his Sounders coaching history


Arena - Galaxy Head Coach

On his team having a good game
against Seattle

"The first half was pretty even. We got an
important goal. The second half our team played really well."

the Sounders plan to stop Edson Buddle

"Edson Buddle had a great
game, I thought. He doesn't need to score goals all the time as a
forward. He helps create goals and scoring opportunities. He held onto
the ball well tonight. Landon [Donovan] and Edson played really well
tonight by any way you evaluate performances."

On Landon Donovan
and Edson Buddle playing together for the U.S. National Team

is not my choice. I have a different job than that."

On his team
playing better than today

"This is one of those games where
everything goes your way. Hopefully we are going to play better games
and we will get better. We have to get better. We are only eight games
and there is a lot of season left to play."

On his team's

"We played very well at that end of the field. [Donovan]
Ricketts is outstanding."

Landon Donovan - Galaxy Forward
the team improving as the season progresses

"We can play better.
If we were playing better later in the game we could have scored five
or six goals. You never want to take your foot off the gas. If it's the
other way, teams can make mistakes."

On when the team was able
to take control of the match

"We know we were the better team and
we wanted to be aggressive and not let them dictate the game. They had
the ball in the first half and our back line did a great job. When we
had chances to score, we were ruthless."

On teams focusing on
stopping Edson Buddle

"Our team is really good. A lot of attention
is being placed on him and everyone else is doing a lot of things right
to put him in that position. Today, he did a lot of things to get other
people in the right position."

On Edson Buddle proving himself
to gain a spot on the U.S. National Team

"Yes, absolutely."

Buddle - Galaxy Forward

On creating opportunities for his
teammates to score

"I knew it was going to be a physical match
for myself and us. We were aware of the Sounders tendencies and it was
up to me to find the runners coming through."

On having his
teammates take the lead and score

"I never plan it that way. It
just so happened this year I have been able to get on the score sheet
early. It just so happened that guys were able to score and we had a
good result here in Seattle."

On being nervous about possible
call up to the National Team

"Not really. My focus is on playing
here on Monday."

Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach

"Got beat and got beat solidly. Not the kind of game
you want to ever repeat again."

On allowing four goals
"The first goal you don't expect a keeper like Keller to have that
happen, but sometimes it does. The second goal was a good goal. Our
marking could have been better but I thought we were tight and he put it
in the corner. The third goal was inexcusable. It skipped past two
guys. You have to not hope that someone else will do what you're
supposed to. On the fourth goal we were ducks in a shooting gallery."

moving forward from this loss

"It's not time to panic but it's
time for some people to wake up and for character to step forward. When
you're down two, three or four to nothing, you have to step up. Some
guys we've asked to step up and it hasn't happened so changes are
forthcoming. You have to play with energy. We let them control the game.
We had to speed it up and no one on our side made that happen. We got
hammered on the field and they should feel hammered in the locker room.
They need to go inside and find their reaction and their inner core."

offside calls

"A couple times we got called because guys were
lazy coming back. A couple offsides weren't offsides - bad calls by the
linesmen. A couple of them the ball was played too late. I thought we
were inches off breaking them down in the first half. Then we came out
and gave up the second goal seven minutes into the second half and a
horrendous third goal. It's embarrassing."

On lack of offense
"Close to creating things but not creating things. We need guys that
will give up their body in the box. We don't need six playmakers. We
need guys who can score. We need more movement, harder running."

loss of Osvaldo Alonso to injury

"I thought [Nathan] Sturgis did
fine. I don't think that having Ozzy would have had an impact on the
second or third goal."

On team's effort
"They have to
believe in themselves and learn how to transfer that belief into effort.
Not pleased with the effort when we were three goals down. Have to show
character and say if we're going down, go down swinging and get a
couple goals. Some had that attitude and some phoned it in."

worst loss as Sounders FC head coach

"It is the toughest loss.
Remind me to never wear a sport jacket again. It was the first time I've
worn one and it will be the last time. When I was with the Galaxy, we
took a few shellackings along the way. Sometimes something like this is
good because when you get your rear end handed to you, people are a
little more attentive to what you're telling them."

competition for spots

"We compete for spots every week. I've
given some guys a longer leash than others. That leash just tore today."

Keller - Sounders FC Goalkeeper

General comments
"I made
a mistake and we went a goal down and we weren't able to recover from
that. It's one of the tough things about goalkeeping. I thought we were
doing OK. We had a goal that was called offside and it wasn't so that
added to the frustration."

On team's effort in second half
"I didn't think that heads were down. Guys were disappointed, sure,
but I didn't get the vibe that we were going to come out and perform the
way we did."

On Galaxy's first goal
"It swirled on me,
but the ball swirls every time it comes at you so there's no excuse. It
moved and I didn't react in time."

On moving forward from this

"I hope we wake up and get better. There are some good
characters on this team and I don't see any reason why we can't bounce
back. I remember a year in the Premiere League when Man U lost 5-0 and
came back and won the title. So it's not the end of the world."

Ljungberg - Sounders FC Midfielder/Forward

On mistakes
"We've made mistakes and we continue to make mistakes. They were
constantly under attack and we made mistakes. That's something that we
have to stop doing. In soccer, most goals are made on mistakes. So
that's something we have to cut out to win games."

On team's

"In any team that will happen when the game gets that
embarrassing. If it's within one point, people will still fight. But
more than that, it's hard to stay engaged."

Miguel Montaño -
Sounders FC Forward

On how he played
"I feel really good.
I went into the field with a lot of enthusiasm. I think it was noted. I
feel really good. I try really hard. It was my first game in MLS and
with the Sounders and I felt very good about it. I tried to do my best
but of course the result didn't come with us so I hope that for next
game we will do better. That was disappointing for me."

entering game down three goals

"Yes, I knew that we were down but
I still entered the field with a lot of enthusiasm and we needed a goal
- attack, attack, attack. I was doing my best to do that. Now we know
that we need to do it better. We need the wins and we are going to try
for that."

On earning more playing time
"It's not just
about the game that we had today. I know that I have to keep working
day-by-day to keep earning my position and I 'm going to keep working in
that direction."


• With the win, the Galaxy are now 7-0-1 on the season, giving
them 22 points. They remain alone in first place in the Western
Conference and are now 12 points ahead of second place Chivas USA,
Colorado and Houston.
• LA is now seven points ahead of the Eastern
Conference leading New York Red Bulls for the best record in MLS. The
Red Bulls are 5-1-0 for 15 points.
• The Galaxy did not get their
19th point of the 2009 season until a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on July
• Bruce Arena made three changes to the team that defeated
Colorado 1-0 on Wednesday night, bringing in Bryan Jordan, Jovan
Kirovski and Chris Klein for their first starts of the season. They
replaced A.J. DeLaGarza, who missed the game because of back spasms,
Juninho and Alan Gordon.
• In addition to DeLaGarza, the Galaxy were
without Sean Franklin, Dema Kovalenko, Leonardo and Eddie Lewis.

Mike Magee was back in the 18-man squad for the first time since April
24 but did not play. He had missed the last two games with a hip injury.

All four players who scored for the Galaxy recorded their first goal of
the season.
• Landon Donovan set a new career-high with three
assists in the game. He also scored a goal, snapping a seven game
scoreless streak.
• Jovan Kirovski scored his first goal of the
season in the 22nd minute, beating Kasey Keller for his first goal since
August 8, 2009.
• The Galaxy scored the game’s first goal for the
seventh time this season. LA is 7-0-0 in those games.
• The Galaxy
led at halftime 1-0 for their sixth halftime lead in eight games this
season. They are 6-0-0 in those games.
• Omar Gonzlaez’s goal in the
52nd minute was the second of his MLS career and his first since April
4, 2009.
• Todd Dunivant’s goal in the 57th minute was the fifth of
his MLS career. He last scored on June 28, 2009 in a 1-0 win over
Houston. His teams are now 4-0-1 when he scores a goal and have
outscored their opponents 15-3 in those games.
• Landon Donovan
rounded out the scoring with his first goal of the season in the 67th
• Donovan did not score until his eighth game of the season,
the longest it has ever-taken him to score at the start of the season.

Edson Buddle assisted on Donovan’s goal after Donovan had assisted on
six of Buddle’s nine goals.
• Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made a
season-high seven saves in the game for LA to keep his sixth shutout in
eight games this season. Ricketts has allowed just two goals in 720
minutes for a league-best 0.25 goals against average.
• The win was
the Galaxy’s first-ever win against Seattle in MLS competition after
going 0-1-1 against them last season.
• Tristan Bowen was booked in
the 64th minute, just one minute after entering the game. That was the
first yellow card of his MLS career.
• The attendance for today’s
game was 36,273.
• The Galaxy are back in action next Saturday night
when they take on Toronto FC at The Home Depot Center. The game kicks
off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live on FOX Sports West. AM 570 and
ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM will broadcast the game live on the radio in
English and Spanish respectively, starting with their pregame shows at 7
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