Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA vs NY

Galaxy and Red Bulls play to 1-1 draw

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Photo Credit: 
German Alegria / LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 1
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
NY – Thierry Henry 4 (Dane Richards 3) 4’
LA – Landon Donovan 4 (David Beckham 5) 41’

Misconduct Summary:
NY – Luke Rodgers (Yellow Card) 57’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Juninho, David Beckham, Mike Magee (Chris Birchall 78’), Landon Donovan©; Juan Pablo Angel, Chad Barrett (Miguel Lopez 80’). 

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Frankie Hejduk, Michael Stephens, Jovan Kirovski, Adam Cristman.

New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul; Jan Gunnar Solli, Rafael Marquez, Tim Ream, Roy Miller; Mehdi Ballouchy, Dane Richards, Dwayne De Rosario, Joel Lindpere; Thierry Henry ©, Luke Rodgers (Juan Agudelo 72’).

Subs Not Used: Greg Sutton, Stephen Keel, Carlos Mendes, Carl Robinson, John Rooney.

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: Colin Arblaster and Mike Kampmmeinert
4th Official: Sorin Stoica

Quotes:

 LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena
On the game:
“I thought it was a good game. Both teams had chances to win it. I think it was well played and probably a fair result.”

On the goal line save by Tim Ream:
“My take is it should have been a goal. Whether it went over the line, obviously, Landon made a heck of a play timing his run and getting the ball around the goalkeeper. He just didn’t finish it off. Give [Tim] Ream a lot of credit. He stayed in on that play. It was pretty close. Part of that ball was over the line for sure. Whether all of it was, I sure can’t tell from where I am, but it was a heck of a play by Landon and Ream.”

On the openness of the game:
“I think both teams can pass the ball and it is hard to pressure each other. We both tried to press each other and the passing was good enough. There were enough plays where the players could be calm on the ball to get through the initial pressure and open the game up. The game opened up because both teams were attacking. It was a good game.”

On the play of Landon Donovan:
“He is playing well. Obviously, on the corner kick, David [Beckham] delivered a great ball and Landon was in a good spot. We actually had that same play in training yesterday, where he hit it over the crossbar, so it was good to see him put it in the back of the net today.”

On David Beckham’s role tonight:
“He didn’t play any differently in the first half than the second half. I would say the Juninho played a little bit deeper because De Rosario gave us some trouble with his runs in the first half. We had a player sitting in the midfield on a more permanent basis so that’s probably why David looked like he was pushed up a little bit more.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Landon Donovan
On the game:
“It was a great game. You’re not going to see too many games like that in our league this year. I was impressed how much they put into trying to get after it and win the game— most teams come here and try to defend for 90 minutes. It was a good, fast game.”

On scoring the equalizer:
“Great corner by David. I had the leeway to go into the box if I wanted and I just got into a good spot, it went over Omar’s head and I want to get it in goal and hit it well.”

On his shot that was cleared off the line by Tim Ream:
“I just had a brief look at it, it looks like it was in. I think we are learning this year that if we want to score a goal we really need to score two goals. Or, if we need to score two goals, we really need to score three or four. It’s unfortunate, you would hope at some we would get the benefit of the doubt, but that’s not happened yet.”

On New York’s defense:
“Candidly, for all the talk we heard about their defense, I thought we broke them down quite a few times, especially in the first half. They adjusted, and didn’t really come higher that 25 or 30 yards out in the second half. But I thought in the first half we got behind them constantly and we should have scored a couple more goals.”

LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez
On the match:
“I thought it was a great game. It was fun. I love being out here. For the fans, I think it was a fun game. There were some chances, goals called back, balls saved off the line. I thought it was a great game.”

On fighting back to get the draw:
“It wasn’t really nerve wrecking. They got the first goal early and I thought that we were playing well, so I knew that we would get our chances and we got our goal. Too bad we didn’t get two.”

On the goal saved off the line:
“I looked up the jumbotron and it looked like he might have gotten it, but it was close.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham

On the match:
“We obviously knew that they were going to have a lot of possession. Obviously, their goal knocked us off balance for awhile, but we showed character to get back in the game. It was and open game, it was a good game of soccer tonight from both teams. Probably, in the end, 1-1 was the right result.”

On the level of play:
“It was a good game of soccer. Both teams passed the ball around well. Both teams penetrated. In the last 10 minutes, they were obviously going for the draw. I think, overall, it was a really good advertisement for the game in this country. It is nice to play in games like that.”

On facing Thierry Henry:
“There are always those moments when you play against players you have played in the past. Thierry is such a great talent and to have him in this league and to have him showing people the skills that he has is a great thing for the game. It was nice to see him tonight. It is always nice to see Thierry.”

On the LA-NY rivalry:
“It is two major cities, and to have a great player like Thierry playing in New York is such a good advertisement for the game and the sport in this country. It gives the sport a lot for people to look at and talk about. I think if both of these teams do well, then it highlights the game.”

On how he felt physically:
“Once we kept the ball a little bit more, it was easier for us to penetrate in the game a lot more. Physically, I feel fine. Obviously, I have been traveling a lot which isn’t ideal, but I was straight back into it and had a good week training this week and rest. I was able to get on the beach because the weather has been good.”

On the upcoming game against Philadelphia:
“It is going to be a tough week for us because you play a game this evening and we travel to the East coast on Monday. It’s tough, but that’s why we have a big squad and a good squad of players. I am sure Bruce will look to rotate certain players. It’s another big game for us.”

LA Galaxy Forward Juan Pablo Angel
On the match:
“I think it was a really good game. The spectators enjoyed good possession, there were scoring opportunities and anybody could have won. I think the 1-1 was a fair result.”

On his performance:
“I think it was a good game, in general. I felt good. There was good link up, I got in good positions and we have to keep building up in the last third of the field. It’s a department that we have to get better at and in general it was a good game. I had one chance early in the game, that Rafa (Marquez) managed to nip it and hit my chin. And then, the header, I want to see that one because I felt that I was onside. I’m not sure about it. And the one toward the end was a pretty high ball, so I didn’t have much of an angle to place it on the other side, it went straight to the keep, but I felt good today.”

On playing his former club:
“For me it’s just another game. At the end of the day it’s just three points. I felt good, I was calm, there’s emotion playing against your old teammates, a team that you played a number of years for, but it was just another game.”

LA Galaxy Defender Sean Franklin
On playing New York:
“Obviously both teams have very talented players and I know that’s what a lot of fans come to see, it’s good for soccer, and I thought tonight was great soccer at times. You know, I think it would help the sport in America to have a little rivalry with them.”

On coming back from 1-0 a deficit:
“We gave up a goal early, it might have been offside, but we didn’t put our head down. It’s a 90-minute game and we fought back. We had a lot of chances and Landon scored a great header tonight from David’s corner. It just shows our character and shows that even though we gave up an early goal, which kind of has been somewhat of a problem for us this season, we fought back and played well tonight.”

LA Galaxy Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
Overall thoughts on the game:
“It was a pretty good game. We had a lot of chances— we didn’t put them away, but, fortunately, we didn’t lose. This league is a funny league, and when ever people play against top team they elevate their game. Going to Philly, I know they are going to come tough, they are going to play hard. So, this was just good for us to asses ourselves and where we are. We came away and we were pretty good. It’s up to us to continue building.”

On the goal New York scored:
“I thought he was off, ball just came through and... I don’t know.”

On the atmosphere:
“It was good. Crowd was really into it. It got us going and as you can see we were on top for most of the game.”

New York Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe
On the result:
“It probably should have ended up 3-3. With all of the chances, from both sides, it was a very intense game. It was a very good game. It was a good level on the game today. Probably the best you can see in MLS at the moment. It was very entertaining. Two teams that wanted to attack for 90 minutes and go for the winning goal. It was only the last three or four minutes where we said we had to sit back and get some possession, and get away with one point.”

On the openness of the game:
“I was surprised myself. We said at halftime that this was an unbelievably open game. I think if you look at both teams balance in midfield, it is probably eight attacking midfielder players on the pitch and then you have at least two fullbacks attacking all the time. So, the balance is probably the answer to why it is that entertaining and that open. For the Red Bulls, we try to play the same way away as we do at home. Of course, LA is an attacking team and that is why it ended up being a very open and entertaining game. I think the balance in midfield is the answer.”

On bringing Juan Agudelo into the game:
“You always hope when you bring a sub in that he can make a difference with fresh legs. He was very close on the freekick from Rafa Marquez when he hit it just outside the post. Of course, you are hoping he could be the guy for us to get the late goal, but I think overall the whole team performed ok. The last 20 minutes, I think we controlled the game. We had three good chances in the last 20 minutes, so that’s a good sign that we weren’t fatigued.”

On the only one yellow card:
“That means that it was a good level from the referee too. The rhythm and the flow of the game is important and the referee is the guy who allows that, so I didn’t think there were that many tackles that could have been a yellow or red card. It was a fair game.”

On the LA/ New York rivalry:
“I said last year that I didn’t have the feeling that it was a rivalry, but this year with the designated players and the power strikers on both teams, it is a special game. Of course, the media helps when they write a little bit more about these game.”

On the level of play:
“This is probably the best you can see in MLS, this level between two teams, and it is a good level. I can compare it with many leagues in Europe that would be very happy if they had seen a game like this with the number of chances and the technical level, and the work rate. The whole package was very good.”

New York Red Bulls Forward Thierry Henry
On tonight’s game:
“Tonight, for the neutrals it must have been a good game. They saw some great football. The Galaxy played very well in the first half. We should have been ahead at half time, without Tim Ream they could have been 2-1 up. Saying that we had some chances of our own in the first half. I think it was pretty even. In the second half I think we kind of played better we hit the post another went wide. Overall I think it was a fair result 1-1 but at the end of the day for the neutral it was a good game.”

On Omar Gonzalez:
“He is a great defender. I played him last year and he had a great game against me. It was a good battle. At the end not only him with me but with everybody it was a good and fair battle with everyone. They wanted to win for the team and we wanted to do the same. It was a fair battle and there was a lot of respect on the field. You know when you go at it sometimes you are going to have some people battling for the ball. At the end of the day for the neutral it was a good game an open game people were fighting for the ball some of us needed to score and the only thing is nobody won but it is a good one for us away from home”

New York Red Bulls Defender Rafael Marquez
(Translated from Spanish)
On tonight’s game:
“It was a very intense game and they applied pressure on us. Maybe we didn’t play our best game but we had a lot of chances to score but I think it was a fair result.”

On the tie:
“To come from so far and get one point I think it is a good thing.”

 

Notes:

  • With the draw, the Galaxy are now 4-2-4 on the season, leaving them with a league-best 16 points. LA remain in first place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of second place Real Salt Lake. The Galaxy remain one point ahead of the Red Bulls, who lead the Eastern Conference with 15 points.
  • The Galaxy are now 2-0-2 at home this season.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena used the same starting lineup as the one he used in the 2-1 loss to FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park last weekend.
  • Since Bruce Arena became the Galaxy head coach in August 2008, this is just the second time that he has used the same lineup following a loss. The other time was in June 2010 when the Galaxy lost their final game before the World Cup break 1-0 at Real Salt Lake. Arena used the same lineup from that game 17 days later when the Galaxy returned to action in a 0-0 draw at Toronto FC.
  • Arena did make two changes to his list of available substitutes with Miguel Lopez and Adam Cristman added to the squad in place of Paolo Cardozo and Bryan Jordan, neither of whom dressed.
  •  For Cristman, this was his first time being included in an 18-man squad with the Galaxy after he was activated from the Disabled List on Friday
  • While Cristman returned from injury, the Galaxy were once again without central defenders Gregg Berhalter and Leonardo, who missed the game with knee injuries.
  • The Galaxy fell behind in the 4th minute to a Thierry Henry goal. This was the third time in 10 games this season that the Galaxy have allowed a goal in the opening 10 minutes and the second time it has happened at home.
  • Henry’s goal broke a streak of 271 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal at home for LA, dating back to the home opener against New England on March 20.
  • The Galaxy have allowed just two goals in their four home games this season with both coming in the game’s opening five minutes.
  • The Galaxy did equalize though in the 41st minute when Landon Donovan headed home a David Beckham corner kick.
  • The goal was Donovan’s team-best fourth of the season while Beckham collected his team-best fifth assist.
  • Donovan has now scored each of the Galaxy’s last four goals dating back to the 3-0 win over Portland on April 23. Prior to that game, he had not scored in 11 consecutive regular season and postseason games.
  • Beckham’s assist was his first against New York since the 2007 season when he had two assists in a 5-4 loss to the Red Bulls at Giants Stadium.
  • The Galaxy were not shown a single card in tonight’s game. This was the first time since the home opener on March 20 that the Galaxy did not have a player booked.
  • Todd Dunivant once again started and played the full 90 minutes at left back. He is the only Galaxy player to start every game this season and is the only one to play the full 90 minutes in each as well.
  • Chad Barrett and Sean Franklin each started the game as well and have appeared in all 10 of LA’s games this season.
  • Omar Gonzalez made the 65th appearance and start of his Galaxy career in the game.
  • This was Juan Pablo Angel’s first-ever game against the Red Bulls, for whom he scored 58 goals in 102 regular season games from 2007-2010. He had three shots in the game and placed one on goal.
  •  Miguel Lopez came on as a second half substitute after missing last week’s game in Dallas with a left knee contusion.
  • Tonight’s game was the Galaxy’s fourth of the season. They did not record their fourth draw of the 2010 season until July 22, a 2-2 home draw with San Jose, their 18th game of the season.
  • The attendance for tonight’s game was a sellout crowd of 27,000, the Galaxy’s third sellout in four home games.
  • The Galaxy are back in action on Wednesday, May 11 when they travel east to take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. That game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on FOX Sports West, starting with the Galaxy Live pregame show at 4 p.m.