Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA vs Dallas

Galaxy defeat Dallas 2-1, win Supporters' Shield

Juninho - postgame after Dallas win

Photo Credit: 
German Alegria

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena:

On the
result:

“It was a great win. We had to show up tonight. We
played as good a team as there is in the league, and to my surprise, they came
out with all of their guns. We had to earn it tonight. We had to come from
behind; we had to play against an excellent team and a tough demanding game. I
think we needed this game. We haven’t been in a game where we have been forced
to win, forced to show up and play hard and fight and scrap for everything we
could get and we did that tonight, so I am really please and that is the kind of
game that should give our team and players a lot of confidence as we go into a
difficult series against Seattle.”

On how the team is currently
playing:

“We made a lot of progress tonight. We got a lot closer
tonight. I think our performance was very good in a lot of areas. We created
some good chances. We had to defend and keep our concentration for 90 minutes. I
think tonight was a step forward. We want to believe that we have four games
left in the MLS season. It’s not going to be easy, but I am confident that our
team will be prepared for what will certainly be a great challenge. It is a
great accomplishment for this team to win the Supporters’ Shield which hasn’t
happened around here in a while, and an automatic berth in the CONCACAF
Champions League, so there are a lot of positives. I am happy that we have been
able to accomplish this. Now, we are going to put it behind us and start
preparing our team for the playoffs.”

On the physical play
tonight:

“I think maybe the frustration is not about the contact,
but perhaps, the inconsistency. The contact and the physicality is going to be
there. We like to see it called the same way every call, every game, every week
during the season. That’s the part that we have to get a little bit better in
the league.”

On Gregg Berhalter not
playing:

“Gregg we played last week to see where he was at. We
know he is not completely match fit. We thought that since today we were going
to start A.J. that Gregg would be better off working hard before the game, which
he did. He had a really hard workout. We thought that if we are going to move
him forward and have him ready for the playoffs, today’s an important day for
him, so he got a lot of work in the gym.”

On Real Salt Lake’s win last
night:

“We knew what were doing during the week. However, we
didn’t expect to have the Supporters’ Shield wrapped up on Saturday night. What
we did today is what we had planned all along. Although, I felt there was a one
in a hundred chance that today’s game wouldn’t matter. We really never felt that
that was going to be the case.”

On coming back to win the
game
:

“I don’t think that is a criticism of this team or of
any team. Soccer is a low scoring sport and I would imagine that a large
majority of the time, the team that scores the first goal wins, even though you
could probably dispute that at some point. There have not been too many times
this year where we fell behind a goal and won. I think the game was great for
our team. We played a quality team. We fell behind a goal and had to fight for
our lives basically. We raised our level of play, our competitiveness, our
mentality, and that is something we are going have to have right for the
playoffs if we have any interest of getting back to MLS
Cup.”

On Landon Donovan’s
assist:

“It was a terrific individual effort. We really think
that those are the kind of plays we need to see more of out of Landon. He is a
very experienced player. He has the ability to make a lot of great plays. He has
to mentally and physically ready to make those kinds of plays. Tonight, his
concentration was terrific. We all know that Landon can do that, so to see him
have that kind of effort on that play, and throughout the game, is
fantastic.”

On the playoff series against
Seattle:

“Seattle is not going to be easy. It never is,
but none of the choices were really good. I wouldn’t want to be going into
Dallas either. I
prefer going to Seattle than going to altitude. There was
always a chance that we could go to Colorado or
Salt
Lake and the altitude is an
issue. We have assured ourselves that we are not going to be playing in
altitude. It is a lot easier for the players to adjust to an artificial field
than it is to the altitude, so I think that is a
positive.”

LA Galaxy Forward Landon
Donovan

On the
win:

“It feels great. I was a little surprised to see how
much Dallas put
into this game considering they had nothing to win, but it was great for us
because it really pushed us and tested us. I was really proud with how we
responded and we played a very good game tonight.”

On his
assist:

“He was a little nonchalant letting the ball go, and I
wanted to at least put him under pressure. When I won the ball, my first thought
was to play it across the goal, but there was nothing there. David was calling
for it and it was a fantastic finish by him.”

On playing Seattle in the
playoffs:

“It’s going to be tough. We knew any of the teams we
played would be good teams. The West is a lot better than the East this year. It
is a little bizarre the way the league is set up to get punished for finishing
first, and in Salt Lake’s case, finishing second and playing the third best
team. I’m not sure how that is acceptable, but that’s the way it is. We are
going to have a tough trip to Seattle and we have to get something out of
that game.”

On previous results against
Seattle:

“We have played well against them, but they are a
different team than they were earlier in the year. We won both games by 7-1
total goals, we will confident going in there, but they are very good there,
their crowd will be lively and I am looking forward to it. I can’t
wait.”

On his work to set up David
Beckham’s goal:

“If I am taking plays off, then it is a bad example. The
last five or six games, I have had a few games where I haven’t put that effort
in, and not played well because of it. Those are plays I need to make and I am
going to make.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder David
Beckham:

On his
goal:

“Landon won the ball back, and he is a player that knows
how to set other players up. His ball to me was perfect and I knew if I hit the
target, there was a chance it would go in,
obviously.”

On having to tie or win tonight for
the Supporters’ Shield:

“In a way, I am glad the result went the way it did last
night because if we had come into today with [the Supporters’ Shield] already
wrapped up, then we wouldn’t have had the same performance. We needed a
performance like this tonight. Last week was disappointing, and everyone was
looking at our character after that game, so it was important that we had a game
like this tonight.”

On having to come back from a goal
down to win the game:

“I think it does more for our character more than
anything. Going 1-0 down and then bringing it back, it shows that the team has
character. We need to be ready for this next game because we know it is going to
be a difficult game, but today was a good thing for us.”

On Bruce
Arena saying it was his best performance this
season:

“I felt last game was my best performance, but if Bruce
says that, then I will take that. I’m just trying to get my match fitness back,
and the last couple of games, I felt really good, so I am happy that the manager
thinks that about me. It was a good team performance
tonight.”

On Edson
Buddle:

“It is always frustrating when you can’t get a player
like Edson who is chasing records [a goal], but Edson has time to get as many
goals as he wants to because he has been great this season. Him going to the
World Cup was great for him, so for us it has been
amazing.”

On preparing for Seattle:

“We are confident because we have some very good
players, but we know that we need to have a good week of training this week. It
is good that we have a full week of training to get ready for this
game.”

LA Galaxy Forward Edson Buddle

On winning the Supporters’
Shield:

“First, I enjoyed the win, getting the Supporters’
Shield as a team. We wanted to continue to lead and finish out strong. I’m very
happy with that. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the Golden Boot, you keep the
bitter and the sweet. There is a lot more to be accomplished. The final is where
my main focus is at.”

On the importance of coming back to
from behind…

“A good team like Dallas comes in here
and gets the go-ahead goal. For us to come from behind, it’s something we’ve
struggled with all season, so it was very important for us going into the
playoffs.”

On facing Seattle…

“It’s not going to be easy. The crowd is going to be
pumped. They are pumped for regular season games. For the playoffs, it’s going
to be crazier. It’s a loud environment. I don’t like playing on turf. I don’t
like it. I’m not a big fan. I never was, but I have to deal with that, and have
to try to pull out a win.”

On being named the Galaxy’s 2010
MVP

“It’s an honor. I didn’t expect to win that. I know that
[the fans] are here every game, cheering us on to win at home. It’s something we
took pride of this year, and I’m very honored.

LA Galaxy Defender A.J.
DeLaGarza

On the
result:

“I thought our team did pretty well. Actually my job was
to defend first, and I thought I did that. We didn’t give them too many chances.
Obviously, they had a really good goal. I have to take that and look at
that.”

On playing with Omar Gonzalez for
another championship:

“I think it’s amazing. The success [myself and Omar
Gonzalez] had at Maryland, and
hopefully we can continue that here at the next level. People kind of wrote me
off as being a center back in this league. It would be great to be with him and
hopefully win a championship again.”

On facing the Seattle
Sounders:

“They are probably one of the hottest teams in the
league right now. They just lost to Houston, but they are
on a hot streak so it’s going to be tough. It’ll be tough, especially on the
turf, in front of 36,000 fans in Seattle.”

LA Galaxy Defender Sean
Franklin

On coming back from
behind:

“We fought; we tackled…we’ve just got to keep the
momentum going into the playoffs. We went down a goal early in the game. Then we
got a goal back, it’s just one of those things that builds character. We came
back tonight—got the tying goal, got the game winning goal in about 30 seconds
into the second half, and it showed the kind of focus we
have.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Chris
Klein

On his role in the
playoffs…

“Eddie [Lewis] and I are both competitive and will help
this team anyway we can. I’m here for the team. I’ll support the guys and do
whatever I can to help this team win a championship. Whatever that is, we’ll
see.”

FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas
Hyndman

On the
playoffs:

“We left quite a few of our regulars off today to try
and recover. Some of our players have been doing a pretty good job so we wanted
to give them a chance to play here. If you look at the first half you can see we
have a ways to go. I thought the second half we settled down a little bit even
though we gave a way a quick goal. Let’s put a number on it I think we are at
80% where we think we needed to be. I think we were hitting about 90-95% before
we were picking up all the injuries. We stepped back a little bit but I think
its going to be different once the playoffs start.”

On tonight’s
game:

“Fantastic result for the LA Galaxy. The Supporters’
Shield is great for the team, the city, as well as for the players. I am really
pleased that the season came down to this last
game.”

On the play of Jeff
Cunningham:

“Jeff is a very good player. We wanted him also to be
shooting for [Jaime] Moreno’s record. I probably told him on Tuesday
that he was probably going to start and he was really excited. He has done so
much not only for FC Dallas but the league and I wanted to give him those
opportunities. It was really hard for him in the first half because we were back
on our heels quite a bit especially after we scored. In the second half we were
surprised how much of the ball we ended up getting. I was really pleased with
Jeff to get the start.”

FC Dallas Midfielder Atiba
Harris

On tonight’s
game:

“We knew coming into this game that we already secured
third place. It was up to us to decide who we wanted to play. If we would have
won the game we probably would have played the Galaxy. Now that we lost we have
to shift the focus to Salt Lake. The game was intense from the get
go, everything throughout the 90 minutes saw both teams trying to attack. I
think it was an exciting game for the fans but not so much for us because we
came out and made two mistakes and it cost us.”

On his
goal:

“The ball was played. They cleared it out and we picked
up the second ball. We work on picking up second balls in training all the time.
I knew once [Eric] Alexander picked it up he was going to play it back in. I
made the run and scored it.”

FC Dallas Forward David
Ferreira

On tonight’s
game:

“It was a difficult game. We couldn’t get the win
tonight. We made mistakes. Now we have to rest and work on correcting the
mistakes this week during training because we know that we can’t commit the same
mistakes against Real Salt
Lake because this upcoming
game is important and decisive.”

FC Dallas Goalkeeper Kevin
Hartman

On returning to The Home Depot Center:

“It has been a lot of time. It is always a real treat to
get back and see people who work within the stadium, to see people who work for
the Galaxy and just fans and friends who have supported me. I can’t imagine a
warmer reception. When ever I go back and visit as an away team, a team I used
to play for, I would imagine a more rude, a lot more of “that LA reject” thing
but I am pretty fortunate that I don’t get that treatment here. I figured it
probably speaks about the history I have with the club and the amount of time I
really put in. It is always really rewarding. It is something I try to say out
there and show my appreciation.”

Notes:
• With the win, the Galaxy finish the season in first place in
the Western Conference and all of MLS with an 18-7-5 record for 59
points. They finished three points ahead of second place Real Salt Lake,
who entered the night level with LA with 56 points apiece, though RSL
had a better goal difference.
• As a result, the Galaxy win the 2010
MLS Supporters’ Shield, which is given to the team that finishes the
season with the best regular season record in MLS. By winning the
Supporters’ Shield, the Galaxy earn home field advantage throughout the
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs and earn a spot in Group Play of the 2011/12
CONCACAF Champion League, bypassing the Preliminary Round, the stage at
which LA were eliminated from the competition earlier this year.

The Galaxy won both meetings against Dallas this season, handing them
two of their four losses on the season. Dallas are one of seven teams
that the Galaxy defeated twice this season.
• Bruce Arena made three
changes to the team that lost 3-1 to Colorado last weekend. Todd
Dunivant, Dema Kovalenko and Mike Magee all returned to the starting
lineup, replacing Gregg Berhalter, Chris Birchall and Michael Stephens,
none of whom dressed for the game. Berhalter and Birchall each missed
the game through injury, while it was a coaches decision not to dress
Stephens.
• Dunivant returned to the lineup after missing last
weekend’s game with a right adductor strain, while Kovalenko had missed
the last three games with the same injury.
• Chris Klein and Eddie
Lewis each played the final regular season game of their MLS careers in
the game, with each coming on as second half substitutes.
• David
Beckham equalized for the Galaxy in the 33rd minute, scoring his second
goal of the season. Beckham finished the season with two goals, matching
the number that he scored in 2009.
• Landon Donovan assisted on
Beckham’s goal, extending his career-high of 16 assists. His 16 assists
were the most in MLS this season, three more than David Ferreira of FC
Dallas.
• Donovan became the first Galaxy player in MLS history to lead the
league in assists.
• His 16 assists were the most recorded by a
Galaxy player in a single season since Mauricio Cienfuegos had a club
record 17 assists in 1999.
• Juninho gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead in
the 46th minute with his second goal of the season.
• That goal was
scored just 30 seconds after the start of the second half, making it the
fastest goal that the Galaxy scored after halftime this season.

Edson Buddle did not score in the game, meaning that he finished the
season second in the race for the Budweiser Golden Boot. His 17 goals
were one less than Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes, who
had four goals in two games this week.
• Buddle’s best chance to
score came in the 67th minute when his header off a David Beckham corner
kick was saved by Dario Sala, diving to his left.
• This was the
second time this season that the Galaxy came back to win after allowing
the game’s opening goal. LA finished the season 2-6-2 when falling
behind 1-0. They also beat D.C. United 2-1 on September 18 after
trailing 1-0.
• Donovan Ricketts made three saves to earn his 18th
win of the season.
• Ricketts finished the season with a 0.90 goals
against average, which is the lowest single season GAA in Galaxy
history, breaking Kevin Hartman’s former club record of 0.91, which was
set in 1999. His 0.90 GAA was the third lowest in MLS this season.

The Galaxy set a new club record by allowing just 26 goals in 30 games
this season, breaking the former club record of 29 goals allowed during
the 1999 season.
• By allowing Atiba Harris’ first half goal, the
Galaxy have now allowed at least one goal in 10 consecutive regular
season home games, dating back to May 15 against Toronto FC. The Galaxy
are 5-4-1 in those 10 games and have allowed 18 goals.
• The Galaxy
finished the season with a 9-4-2 record at home. LA recorded 29 of their
59 points on the season at home.
• The Galaxy are now 9-4-2 all-time
in their regular season finales and 11-2-2 in their final regular
season home game. This was the fourth time that LA ended their season
against FC Dallas, and are now 3-0-1 in those four games, with all four
being played in Southern California.
• The attendance for today’s
game was 24,993.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Sunday, October
31 when they take on the Seattle Sounders FC in the First Leg of their
Western Conference Semifinal Series. That game, which will be shown live
on ESPN2, will be played at Qwest Field and kicks off at 5 p.m. (PT).
The Galaxy will then host the second and final leg of the Series at The
Home Depot Center on Sunday, November 7. That game kicks off at 6 p.m.
and can be seen live on ESPN.

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