Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA @ CHI
LA Galaxy 2, Chicago Fire 1
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Toyota Park – Bridgeview, Ill.
LA – Chad Barrett 1 (Miguel Lopez 1) 42’
LA – Omar Gonzalez 1 (Miguel Lopez 2) 72’
CHI – Dominic Oduro 1 (Jalil Anibaba 1) 88'
CHI – Michael Videira (Yellow Card) 9’
LA – Mike Magee (Yellow Card) 31’
LA – Michael Stephens (Yellow Card) 63’
LA – Frankie Hejduk (Yellow Card) 74’
CHI – Dominic Oduro (Yellow Card) 90+’
LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts©; Frankie Hejduk (Bryan Jordan 79’), Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant; Michael Stephens, Chris Birchall Mike Magee, Paolo Cardozo (Sean Franklin 68’); Miguel Lopez, Chad Barrett (Juan Pablo Angel 77’).
Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Brian Perk, A.J. DeLaGarza.
Chicago Fire: Jon Conway; Jalil Anibaba, Josip Mikulic, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares; Logan Pause©, Michael Videira (Dominic Oduro 59’), Marco Pappa, Davis Paul (Patrick Nyarko 46’); Gaston Puerari (Orr Barouch 69’), Diego Chaves.
Subs Not Used: Sean Johnson, Yamith Cuesta, Dan Paladini, Bratislav Ristic.
LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena
Thoughts on the match:
“It was a good win. I thought that they played very well for large portions of the game. Obviously the game got a little hectic during the last ten minutes of the match but it’s good to walk out of here with three points.
On Chad Barrett’s performance:
“Chad played well. It’s been a good week for him. It’s good that he got his first goal.”
On the changes in the game’s lineup:
“We didn’t have a lot of guys eligible to play today. Guys stepped up today that haven’t been playing regularly like Paolo Cardozo, Miguel Lopez, Mike Stephens, and Frankie Hejduk. We’re happy Omar was able to make an appearance, he played well today and obviously the second goal was an important goal.”
On not getting the shutout:
I’m not concerned about it. I’m happy that we got the three points.”
On getting points on the road:
“It’s important because we had five of our first seven goals on the road. Whenever you can get points on the road it’s important and now for the season I believe we have eight points on the road in four games, five games. That’s pretty good. Maybe it’s nine points, I don’t even know. I think we played well on the road. The three points were critically important. At this stage in the season, with what we’ve dealt with with injuries and the road games and the situations we’ve have to deal with and to be in position where we have twelve points after seven games isn’t bad.
On the last ten minutes of the match:
“The last ten minutes were a little hectic. They got the goal to make it 2-1, I think it’s only natural when you give a team a little hope in the end. It makes things frantic. We held on and preserved the victory. It’s important. But give Chicago credit, they never quit and came at us until the end.”
On Paolo Cardozo’s injury:
“Paolo will need an x-ray when we get back to Los Angeles. I don’t think Leonardo is going to do well. I think he has an injury that will put him out for the rest of the year.”
LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez
On his goal:
“It’s my third or fourth game back and to get a game-winning goal is great, especially getting it off a header. It’s something I worked hard at during the offseason. It’s good to get the game winner because it’s been a long road trip and we’ve scooped up nine points in five games.”
On the match:
“We’re missing a lot of players. I think all the guys that came in did an amazing job and I think we’ve played some of the best soccer in a while.”
LA Galaxy Forward Chad Barrett
On the match:
“We didn’t do a great job once [the Fire] went down to ten guys. We didn’t pass it around. I think a couple guys got envious and big eyes towards the goal. I think we need to be smarter and learn how to defend them. We were able to hold them off and get three points.”
On his goal:
“The whole plan was to stay high because Miguel likes to float underneath. He got out wide and I was able to get near the box and I didn’t think I could get near post so I made sure I got in a spot where he could hit me. The ball was served in a real tight spot and I had a good first touch and I wanted to make sure I slotted it on the ground to the far post on goal.”
Carlos de los Cobos, Chicago Fire Head Coach
On the game:
This is soccer, we’ve faced similar situations in different games – creating good options to score, but failed to do so. Unfortunately, Los Angeles was able to take advantage of one mistake, but this is the game of soccer. Last season I talked about how we had to learn from these situations, and it’s something we’re learning slowly. It was a difficult match for both teams.
On Gibbs' injury:
When Corey Gibbs was injured it made the situation even more difficult for the team, but I was impressed with the personality of the team – they didn’t surrender and continued to fight. They played hard on defense and even created some scoring opportunities and almost tied the game.
On the effort of the team:
I can’t complain about the effort of the players, they are giving 100% on the field. I take full responsibility for the team, what happens on the field and who plays. Part of the challenge is waiting for the young players to mature; we have some young guys on the team. When you have young players you have to live with the mistakes, but the most important thing is how the team reacts and they didn’t surrender and almost tied the game.
On starting Conway over Johnson:
The situation is that Sean (Johnson) is having a difficult time, like every player goes through. As I was saying before, young players will struggle and they need to learn from the situation and become consistent. I don’t want to go into details of every game, but he’s struggling right now and for that reason I’ve made the decision to go with Conway. Before the season we brought Conway in because we wanted have a veteran to help the younger players. I think he’s very good for Sean – he’s a veteran player, a positive guy and that’s the reason he’s playing. He will be playing next week against Houston, but I don’t know how long he will be starting, that depends on Sean.
Patrick Nyarko, Chicago Fire Forward
On the result:
Coming back from two loses out west the result was pretty tough, we all wanted to come home and get back on track with this one today. I think we started off pretty well, but for some reason couldn’t finish, I don’t know what it is – maybe tightness but I don’t think so because we played better than they did creating some chances and just couldn’t finish. Unfortunately, they took advantage of a mistake got a chance and put it in, which made us play from behind. When we gave up the second goal it became a tougher task.
On the Gibbs injury:
Obviously when Corey got hurt we were out of substitutions and had to play a man down which made the situation even more difficult, but I think the team showed a lot of character by getting one goal back and almost tied the game with a second one at the end. Unfortunately, we came away with no points and that’s sad, but we’re going to recuperate and come back and get on track.
On how they were affected by the early missed goal:
It would have been nice to have that early goal, but we really feel like we let ourselves down with two mistakes that coast us goals. We should have done better on the corner kick and defensively on the first goal, but I don’t think we look at one missed opportunity because we had many chances to score. Obviously a missed opportunity counts, but we don’t look at it like that, we look at the collective game and the character we showed at the end and have to figure why we didn’t show it the whole game. We hope to get back on track next week against Houston.
On consistency in the lineup:
It’s definitely tough when you have changes in the lineup. We try to get into a rhythm on game day and there are little mistakes here and there, which are tough. But when the coaches decide to make lineup changes, as a team we need to take it kind-heartedly and support your teammates. As much as you like to have consistency on the field, we are a team and we feel like anyone can come out there and get a win for us.
- With the win, the Galaxy are now 3-1-3 on the season, giving them 12 points. The third team in the league to reach double figures in points, LA are now tied with Real Salt Lake, the only team to beat the Galaxy this season, for first place in the Western Conference.
- Today’s game was the third and final game of the club’s 10-day road trip, a trip that saw them also play at D.C. United and Toronto FC. Travelling more than 4,800 miles on the trip, the Galaxy went 1-0-2 in the three games and allowed just two goals.
- This was the Galaxy’s MLS-high seventh game of the season and their fifth on the road.
- Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made five changes to the team that drew 0-0 at Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Paolo Cardozo and Frankie Hejduk each made their first start of the season, while Chris Birchall, Miguel Lopez and Michael Stephens all returned to the starting lineup. Hejduk stepped in for A.J. DeLaGarza at right back, Birchall played on the right side of midfield in place of Sean Franklin while Lopez started up front in place of Juan Pablo Angel with Angel, DeLaGarza and Franklin all starting the game on the bench. Cardozo and Stephens started in central midfield in place of David Beckham and Juninho, who were each suspended for the game.
- In addition to Beckham and Juninho, Jovan Kirovski was also suspended for the game, serving the second game of the two-game ban that he was given for his red card against D.C. United.
- The Galaxy were also without Gregg Berhalter, Adam Cristman, Landon Donovan and Hector Jimenez, who all missed the game through injury.
- With both Donovan and Beckham unavailable for today’s game, Donovan Ricketts served as the Galaxy’s captain for the first time in his three-year MLS career.
- Ricketts is the third different captain used by LA to start a game this season, one more than they used in all of 2010.
- He is also the first Galaxy goalkeeper to serve as the club’s captain since Kevin Hartman did on July 9, 2005 in a 2-1 road loss to the MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls).
- The Galaxy dressed just 17 players on the day, one less than the league-allowed 18. Included in the 17 were three goalkeepers. This was the first time since he became the Galaxy head coach that Bruce Arena dressed three goalkeepers for a game.
- Paolo Cardozo had a goal called back in the 35th minute when Miguel Lopez was deemed to be offside.
- The Galaxy took the lead seven minutes later when Chad Barrett scored the first goal of his Galaxy career in the 42nd minute. The former Fire forward, who was acquired from Toronto FC in January, got free inside the Chicago penalty area and beat Jon Conway with a right-footed shot from nine yards out.
- Barrett’s goal was LA’s first from open play since the club’s home opener against New England on March 20. Since that goal, LA had scored three times, with each coming directly from a set piece.
- Barrett is the first Galaxy player other than Juninho to score from open play this season.
- Miguel Lopez was credited with the first assist of his MLS career on the goal, taking a Frankie Hejduk throw in and crossing it to Barrett in the center of the box.
- This was the third time this season that the Galaxy have led at the half, with the club leading 1-0 in all three of those and going 2-0-1 in them.
- Miguel Lopez added his second assist of the game in the 72nd minute, sending a corner kick into the box for Omar Gonzalez to head home. Lopez is the first Galaxy player to record multiple assists in the same game since Landon Donovan did so on September 11, 2010 in a 3-1 home win over Columbus.
- Gonzalez headed a Lopez corner kick past Chicago goalkeeper Jon Conway in the 72nd minute for his first goal of the season. Prior to today’s goal, Gonzalez’s last regular season goal came on September 4, 2010 in second half stoppage time of the 1-1 draw here at Toyota Park. Like today’s goal, that came from a header off a corner kick on the right corner of the south end of the field.
- This was the first time this season that the Galaxy scored more than one goal in a game after doing so 15 times in 30 games last year.
- Donovan Ricketts made one save to improve his record to 2-0-2 on the season. He has not faced more than four shots on goal in a single game this season.
- Todd Dunivant and Leonardo once again played the full 90 minutes for the Galaxy in defense. They are the only two players on the club to have played every minute of all seven of the club’s games this season.
- The only other two players two appear in all seven of the club’s games this season are Chad Barrett and Sean Franklin
- The Galaxy are now 8-9-1 all-time in Chicago including 2-3-1 at Toyota Park.
- The attendance for tonight’s game was 18,203.
- The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday, April 23 when they host the expansion Portland Timbers for the first time ever at The Home Depot Center. That game will kick off at 8 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on FOX Soccer starting with their pregame show at 7:30 p.m.