LA-HOU: Postgame Notes & Quotes

Galaxy Remain Undefeated with 4-1 Win Over Houston

Gallery: Houston at LA 1

Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora

LA Galaxy 4, Houston Dynamo 1
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Home
Depot Center — Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Jovan
Kirovski 2 (Sean Franklin 3, Michael Stephens 4) 1’
HOU – Cam
Weaver 1 (Unassisted) 7’
LA – Jovan Kirovski 3 (Sean Franklin 4,
Michael Stephens 5) 21’
LA – Tristan Bowen 2 (Unassisted) 48’
LA –
Alex Cazumba 1 (Michael Stephens 6) 56’

Misconduct Summary:
LA
– Gregg Berhalter (Yellow Card) 60’

Lineups:
LA Galaxy:
Donovan Ricketts, Todd Dunivant, Gregg Berhalter© (A.J. DeLaGarza 78’),
Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Chris Birchall, Alex Cazumba, Juninho
(Chris Klein 61’), Michael Stephens, Tristan Bowen, Jovan Kirovski
(Clint Mathis 70’).

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Eddie Lewis,
Alan Gordon, Bryan Jordan.

Houston Dynamo: Pat Onstad, Craig
Waibel (Brian Mullan 60’), Eddie Robinson, Bobby Boswell, Andrew
Hainault, Danny Cruz (Dominic Oduro 60’), Brad Davis (Richard Mulrooney
67’), Lovel Palmer, Corey Ashe, Brian Ching©, Cam Weaver.

Subs
Not Used: Tally Hall, Ryan Cochrane, Francisco Navas Cobo, Joseph
Ngwenya,

Notes:
• With the win, the Galaxy are now 10-0-2 on
the season, giving them 32 points. They remain alone in first place in
the Western Conference and are now 12 points ahead of second place Real
Salt Lake who have 20 points. The Galaxy face Real Salt Lake on
Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
• Bruce Arena
made two changes to the team that defeated Columbus 2-0 in Ohio last
weekend. Alex Cazumba and Juninho each returned to the starting lineup,
replacing Mike Magee, who missed the game with right hip soreness and
A.J. DeLaGarza, who started the game on the bench.
• In addition to
Magee, the Galaxy were also without Dema Kovalenko and Leonardo who
missed the game through injury, while Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan
were in South Africa with the U.S. National Team ahead of the 2010 FIFA
World Cup.
• Alex Cazumba was making his first start for the club
since the 2-0 win over Chivas USA on April 1.
• Jovan Kirovski gave
the Galaxy a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the game with his second goal of
the season. The goal was the third fastest in club history behind Clint
Mathis who scored 33 seconds into LA’s 2-1 win over Kansas City on July
25, 1999 and Brian Mullan, who scored 39 seconds into a 4-4 draw at
Tampa Bay on May 9, 2001. The goal is Galaxy fastest goal in 2010,
surpassing A.J. DeLaGarza’s 53-second goal against Philadelphia on May
1.
• Cam Weaver tied the game at 1-all with his first goal of the
season in the seventh minute. The goal snapped the club’s streak of
minutes without allowing a goal at 463 minutes. The streak, which was
the longest in MLS this year, started on the 84th minute of a 3-1 win
over Philadelphia on May 1.
• Kirovski gave the lead back to the
Galaxy in the 21st minute with his second goal of the game, his first
multi-goal performance with the club since October 9, 2004 and fourth
overall. Kirovski moves into a three-way tie with forwards Carlos
Hermosillo and Welton for sixth place on the club’s all-time list for
most-goal games.
• Tristan Bowen scored his second goal in as many
games early in the second half, giving LA a 3-1 lead. He has now
recorded a goal or an assist in all three MLS games that he has started
this season.
• Alex Cazumba gave the Galaxy a 4-1 lead with his first
career goal in MLS in the 56th minute. Cazumba, who will turn 22 later
this month, played the full 90 minutes.
• Rookie Michael Stephens
recorded a career-high three assists on the evening, doubling his season
total to six. He is now just three assists shy of MLS and team leader,
Landon Donovan.
• Sean Franklin recorded two assists on the day to
bring up his season total to four.
• Donovan Ricketts improves his
season record to 10-0-1. He recorded one save in the game and now has an
MLS best 0.28 goals against average.
• When Gregg Berhalter left the
field, he handed the captain’s armband to Chris Klein, who came in for
Juninho in the 61sth minute of the game.
• LA is now 12 points ahead
of the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew, who will play at
Colorado later this evening, for the best record in MLS. The Crew are
6-1-3 for 21 points this season.
• The attendance for today’s game
was 20,826.
• The Galaxy are back in action this Wednesday, June 9
when they travel to Sandy, Utah to take on Western Conference
Second-Place Real Salt Lake. That game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. (PT) and
can be seen delayed on Fox Sports West at 11 p.m. (PT). 

 

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena
On the result:

“We’re certainly
pleased to get the three points. Houston played real hard and physical
in the first half. In all fairness to them, their schedule over the past
week with three games and a travel, they hit the wall in the second
half, but that’s not to take away from our team and the way they came in
the second half. We really ended the game with those two quick goals in
the second half. We came out and did what we needed to do in the second
half.”

On Tristan Bowen’s performance:
“Tristan took his
chance real well, and had couple of other great goal scoring
opportunities. He’s got these fabulous physical tools. He needs these
games for the experience, but with all things being equal, the way we’ve
thrown him in there the last couple of weeks, he’s responded in a
tremendous manner.”

On Michael Stephens’ form:
“Michael
Stephens continues to play well. He’s a very good player and versatile.
He can play hard for 90 minutes, and he’s really helped make a
difference in our midfield with his quickness and endurance.”

On
Jovan Kirovski:

“He was excellent. Obviously, the two goals were
big. He held the ball well. He’s a good partner with Tristan. He could
be a little more permanent in the center part of the field, which allows
Tristan run into space, which is obviously one of his strengthens.”

On Alex Cazumba:
“It was a great goal. We’ve been looking for
him to do that since he arrived here. He’s been a little bit hesitant.
It was great to see him to come out of his shell a little bit tonight.
He was a little bit more explosive than we’ve seen during the season.
That was a real positive. It was a great goal, a great finish.”

LA Galaxy Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
On the disappointment of
having his shutout streak snapped:

“I’m not disappointed at all. Once
we get three points I’m happy. My focus is on winning games, not just
keeping clean sheets and that’s what we did tonight.”

On the
play of the back four:

“As usual, they were solid. That’s been a
hallmark of the team last season and into this one.”

On
Wednesday’s game against Real Salt Lake:

“It’s just another game.
It’s another game toward our goal of getting points and qualifying for
the playoffs. Nothing new if it is the Red Bulls or Salt Lake or anyone
else, we just want another three points.”

LA Galaxy Forward
Jovan Kirovski
On his two goals:

“The first one, we wanted to get
off to a quick start. Sean [Franklin] breaking down the right. He played
a great ball in. I made a little move, found a little space. It was a
great ball in, and all I had to do was put it in. The second one we had a
good build up to it. Sean, again, looked up and picked me out, and
fortunately the ball went in.”

On the depth of the Galaxy:
“We
have a good team. We have a good group of first years. Landon and Edson
are gone. We’ve had guys come in and step up, and we’ve done well. We
have a deep squad. Look at our bench; we had Eddie Lewis, Chris Klein,
guys that have played in international games and in Europe. We have good
quality players.”

LA Galaxy Defender Gregg Berhalter
On the
Galaxy defense:

“I think it was a good effort. Obviously, giving up
the goal, we aren’t happy about that, so we’ll look at that. We strive
to get shutouts, and we didn’t get that. So it was a good game, but not a
great game.”

LA Galaxy Forward Tristan Bowen
On why the
Galaxy’s depth has been so successful:

“The competition in
practice. Bruce did a great job in getting a bunch of competitors on the
team that every game when we go into practice we have to fight for our
spot— and obviously when you hear your number called everybody wants to
go out there and compete and show why they should be on the field.
That’s the secret.”

On scoring early:
“I think we’re playing
well the first 20 minutes of the game. We go out there with a lot of
intensity and the guys are coming out sharp. (The goals) are just the
end product of us being at our best in the first 20 minutes of the
game.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Michael Stephens
On the team’s
performance of the game:

“Giving up that goal early in the game
wasn’t a good thing, but overall we put the pressure on them and had a
great game offensively.”

On his three assists:
“I’m pleased. I
found myself in good spots, high up the field in good attacking
positions and I was able to contribute offensively, which is something
that I want to continue to do the rest of the season.”

Houston
Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear
On his team’s performance:

“I
think we were doing okay in the first half and in the second half we ran
out of gas. It’s disappointing we are all disappointed because this is a
proud group and this is the first time we have lost three in a row ever
and a lot of question marks about the way we are playing. How our guys
are playing individually and collectively so it’s a very disappointing
time.”

Houston Dynamo Midfielder Lovel Palmer
On the game:

“It
was a tough game. Every time you play obviously it is going to be hard
especially every time a team plays against the Houston Dynamo because
they expect us to come out and play well. They know that we are a good
team so they’re going to come out with their A game. The New York game
was a tough one and then a long flight out here so I think the guys are a
little bit tired but we can’t find excuses, we need to find ways to win
games. It’s tough but we are going to have to bounce back for the
Colorado game.”

On the team’s three-game losing streak:
“It’s
the first time in Dynamo history that we’ve lost three games on the trot
so we just have to look ourselves in the mirror, evaluate our
performance and work on it as individuals and as a team. We have to
refocus over the next couple of weeks.”

Houston Dynamo Forward
Brian Ching
On the game:

“There’s not much to say about that one.
Disappointing. I can’t remember the last time this team lost three games
in a row, so things aren’t going good. Tough week.”