Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA vs SEA

Galaxy, Sounders play to 0-0 draw

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Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora / LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 0, Seattle Sounders FC 0

Monday, July 4, 2011
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
None

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Erik Friberg (Yellow Card) 55’
LA – Landon Donovan (Yellow Card) 93+

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Brian Perk; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez (Bryan Jordan 79’), A.J. DeLaGarza (Gregg Berhalter 24’), Todd Dunivant©; Juninho, Chris Birchall, Landon Donovan(c), Mike Magee (David Beckham 68’); Chad Barrett, Juan Pablo Angel. 

Subs Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Jovan Kirovski, Paolo Cardozo, Miguel Lopez.

Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller(c); James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl; Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Mauro Rosales (Lamar Neagle 92+), Alvaro Fernandez (Pat Noonan 71’); Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero (Brad Evans 61’).

Subs Not Used: Terry Boss, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Nate Jaqua.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants Peter Manikowski and Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Notes:

  • With the draw, the Galaxy are now 9-2-9 on the season, leaving them with a league-best 35 points. LA remain in first place in the Western Conference and are now two points ahead of second place FC Dallas, who defeated Columbus 2-0 on Saturday. They are now 10-4-4 on the season for 34 points. 
  •  This was the Galaxy’s first-ever 0-0 draw on July 4.   
  • The Galaxy now have four 0-0 draws this season, including in each of their last two games. The four scoreless draws are a new single season record for the Galaxy.
  • Prior to their last two games, the Galaxy had never had back-to-back scoreless draws.
  • The Galaxy are now unbeaten in their last 11 games, going 5-0-6 in those contests for 21 of a possible 33 points.
  • The 11-game unbeaten streak is the fifth longest in Galaxy history. They are the only club in MLS history with six unbeaten streaks of 10 games or more.
  • The Galaxy’s nine draws this season are tied for the third most in club history. They set a club record with 12 ties in 2009 and had nine in 2003 and 2008.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium on June 25. Brian Perk made his first start of the year in goal while Chad Barrett, Landon Donovan and Sean Franklin all returned to the starting lineup. Perk replaced the injured Donovan Ricketts while Franklin replaced Gregg Berhalter, Donovan replaced Michael Stephens and Barrett replaced Miguel Lopez. Stephens missed the game after suffering a right ankle sprain in training on Saturday while Berhalter and Lopez each began the game on the bench.
  • In addition to Ricketts and Stephens, the Galaxy were also without Sean Alvarado and Leonardo who are each recovering from knee surgery as well as Frankie Hejduk, who has inflammation in his right ankle.
  • With Ricketts injured and Josh Saunders suspended, the Galaxy called up Kevin Guppy to serve as their reserve goalkeeper.
  • After missing the last two games with back spasms, David Beckham returned to the 18-man squad and entered the game in the 68th minute, replacing Mike Magee.
  • Landon Donovan made his first appearance with the Galaxy since the 1-0 win in New England on May 28. He had missed the last four games while on international duty with the U.S. National Team. The Galaxy were 1-0-3 in those four games.
  • Donovan once again wore the captain’s armband for the Galaxy, giving them their fourth captain in as many games. David Beckham was LA’s captain on June 11 against Toronto before being injured. Todd Dunivant then served as the Galaxy captain on June 18 against the Rapids while Gregg Berhalter took the armband for the draw in San Jose on June 25.
  • In addition to making his first start of the season, Brian Perk was making the first appearance in an MLS game. Perk had been an unused substitute seven times this season for the Galaxy but he had never entered a league game.
  • Perk kept the game scoreless by stopping a Fredy Montero penalty kick in the 17th minute. Montero is now 0-for-2 in his MLS career on penalty kicks.
  • That save was Perk’s first of the game and the first of his MLS career. It was also the only.
  • Prior to Perk’s penalty save, the last Galaxy goalkeeper to save a penalty in an MLS regular season game was Donovan Ricketts, who stopped a Juan Pablo Angel penalty in LA’s 3-1 win over New York at Giants Stadium on July 16, 2009.
  • Perk is just the second goalkeeper in MLS history to record the first save of his MLS career on a penalty kick. The other was Miami’s Matt Napolean who stopped a Paul Rideout penalty on August 23, 1998 in the Fusion’s 2-0 loss at Kansas City.
  • A.J. DeLaGarza was forced to leave the game in the 24th minute. He was caught in the face by a high boot from Fredy Montero in the 13th minute but continued to play until he was forced to leave for precautionary reasons. He was checked by Galaxy doctors in the locker room after exiting the match. He was replaced by Gregg Berhalter.
  • After not making any first half substitutions in any of their first 18 games this season, the Galaxy have now been forced to make one in each of the last two games.
  • DeLaGarza’s partner in central defense Omar Gonzalez was also forced to leave the game with an injury, suffering a left hip pointer. He was replace by Bryan Jordan with Sean Franklin moving to central defense and Jordan playing right back.
  • Prior to tonight’s game, the Galaxy had been forced to substitute a center back just once all year with Berhalter replacing DeLaGarza late in the 3-1 win at Colorado on June 18. In tonight’s game, they had to replace both center backs. DeLaGarza and Gonzalez started the game there while Berhalter and Franklin finished it.
  • 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.
  • Sean Franklin and Chad Barrett each started the game as well. They join Dunivant as the only three Galaxy players to have each appeared in all 20 of LA’s games this season.
  • Perk finished the game with two saves to keep a clean sheet. He is the first Galaxy goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in his debut for the club since Donovan Ricketts did so in 2009.
  • The draw snapped the Galaxy’s five-game winning streak against the Sounders in MLS competition. LA last dropped points to the Sounders on August 15, 2009 in a 2-0 Seattle win at The Home Depot Center. That is the only time that the Sounders have ever beaten the Galaxy in MLS.
  • This was the second straight season in which the Galaxy and Sounders met on July 4 with the Galaxy winning 3-1 last season.
  • The Galaxy are now 9-4-3 on the Fourth of July and 5-1-3 on the day at The Home Depot Center. Their last draw on July 4 was in 2005, a 1-1 draw with New England.
  • The attendance for tonight’s game was a sellout crowd of 27,000. This was the Galaxy’s third sellout in nine home games this season.
  • The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday, July 9 when they host the Chicago Fire at The Home Depot Center. That game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (PT), can be seen live on FOX Soccer, starting with the Soccer Night in America pregame show at 7 p.m.

 

Quotes:

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena

On the result:

“I think the final score is a fair result. That was a game that was pretty even. I would have liked the chance to make a couple of other substitutions in the second half, but obviously we had to make changes to the center backs that’s difficult. The first change to A.J. [DeLaGarza] was going to have us hampered in the second half. The issue with Omar [Gonzalez], that was difficult. Having said that, I think [Brian] Perk did very well for his first game in the league. I think the adjustments our team made losing two center backs was pretty good, but certainly the best chance out of the run of play was [Juan Pablo] Angel’s and obviously the chance in the game was the penalty kick. Having said all that, I think it was a fair result at the end of the game. I give Perk a lot of credit in his first game. I don’t think he was tested a whole lot, but a penalty kick is as much as a test as you are ever going to face. A lot of credit to Brian.”

On playing Seattle:

“It was two teams that were obviously well schooled on each other. It can’t be a sloppy game. It can’t be a game where you lose concentration… you get sloppy, you give up chances. We made a couple of mistakes in the first half and we were fortunate to get out of it. We had a great chance with Angel. It’s one of those games. It’s a one play game. It’s a 1-0 game one way or the other.”

On Brian Perk’s first game:

“It’s nice to know he can play. We have three great goalkeepers. Perk we’ve had for about a year and we could see as he got some reserve games his confidence grew, he got the experience that he needed. I think tonight he looked like a guy that’s played. He’s an experienced player at the youth level. He’s played in international competition. We didn’t throw a player into the game that’s going to run around like his head is chopped off. I think the game he got last week in Open Cup was good for him and obviously, playing tonight at home makes it a little easier for him. All I can say he’s a keeper we can put in there and be successful.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Landon Donovan

On the result:

“It was a weird game. It’s not often that you start a game with one of your DP’s on the bench, your third string goalie and within a half hour you have to take off one of your center backs. It was a weird game, but given all of that, I was really proud of the adjustments that we made, the effort was good, we just weren’t sharp. All in all I think that we’re actually pretty proud of the performance we put in given everything that happened tonight.”

On his team’s attacking play:

“Seattle did a really good job of pressing us. There were a few times particularly at the end of the first half and at the start of the second half where we did a good job of passing and getting out of pressure, but for the most part they came after us and we had to be a little bit more direct than we usually are.”

On the play of Brian Perk:

“He did great. Obviously the penalty was a great save at a really important time of the game. He didn’t really put a foot wrong. A few of his kicks were a bit astray but he was good, he was aggressive and smart. It kind of epitomizes what this team is about. I’m pretty confident in saying that there isn’t another team that could have their third string goalie playing against maybe the hottest team in the league right now and come away with a shutout.”

LA Galaxy Goalkeeper Brian Perk

On his penalty kick save:

I just looked at him (Sounders forward Fredy Montero). I thought he was a crafty player, so I’d thought he’d open his hips and close them. And, that’s exactly what he did. I guessed the right way. I was very fortunate, but it worked out. I’d seen him play before and I thought he was crafty player and tried to show me one way and go another and that’s what he did. And lucky I guessed the right way.”

On what he learned after his first start:

“I learned that I was a little nervous, but after the first 5, 10 minutes I felt pretty good. There’s a lot of things I need to work on, but for the most part it was pretty solid.”

On the result:

“0-0 is not the best result for your team, I mean, I think three points is what we deserved, but we didn’t give up a goal and that’s a credit to our back line. We don’t concede many goals. Whether it’s me, (Josh) Saunders or (Donovan) Ricketts, it seems like we’re always giving zero or one goal. When Omar (Gonzalez) went down I was thinking, maybe we should take the draw, 0-0 is not the worst result with both our center backs down.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham

On returning to action:

“I’ve been out for three weeks; haven’t been able to do anything for three weeks. So, it’s good to be able to be back out there again, of course.  Obviously I’ve got a week until the next game so it’s going to be a good week.”

On if he expected to play tonight:

“I didn’t expect to play in this game. I’ve had an epidural and a cortisone injection last week and seemed to react well and took the pain away. Obviously the fracture is still there, but the pain’s died down a bit.”

LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez

On his injury:

“(It happened) at midfield when I got undercut by (Roger) Levesque and landed straight on my hip. After that I couldn’t really run at all. I tried to move, but I just couldn’t.”

On the penalty kick:

“I wasn’t worried about it, I knew Perk was going to come up big. So, right after it happened, I walked over to my spot and got ready to chase after the ball and I’m the one who cleared it off the line.”

Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid

On tonight’s game:

“It was an exciting game, obviously there were a couple of things that could have influenced the game. Kasey Keller makes a big save at the end there on [Juan Pablo] Angel, Freddy Montero misses a penalty kick. Those are key plays that could change the game.”

On the team’s performance:

“I thought we did alright. I thought the first half was good for us. I thought the second half there was a period of time where they definitely controlled the game. I felt there was about 15 minutes in the second half where we didn’t get a hold of the ball and they kept putting pressure on us. At the end of the game I thought we did alright and we got ourselves back in the game and then when [David] Beckham came on there seemed to be a lot of free kicks happening in midfield. Maybe there is a rule where he has to get six or seven free kicks a game.”  

On Brian Perk:

“I though we made him work at times. I thought Tyson Wahl’s cross was something that made him work. Brad Evans almost caught him off his line the one time we saw him off his line to hit it. I thought we forced some back passes to him and he gave a couple of balls away there, popped a couple of balls up. Obviously he came up with a big save on the PK. He did well but you can always make a goalkeeper work more.”

Seattle Sounders FC Forward Fredy Montero

(Translated from Spanish)

On the penalty kick:

"I tried shooting it close to the post but I shot it short and he guessed right and blocked it. That’s the end of the story."

On the result:

"It’s always good to tie on the road. It’s a different story whether we did good or bad but it’s always good to tie away."

Seattle Sounders FC Goalkeeper Kasey Keller

On the team’s performance:

“Sure we could have gotten more out of it. They had some good chances as well. Yeah it’s frustrating, not frustrating in a bad way but it’s much better than how we have played them the last three or four times so on that side we feel good. They are a good team. They have the most points in the league. There is a reason for that and we came here and gave them a good game.” 

On Brian Perk:

“When you save a penalty on your debut it’s not a bad thing to do. He got a clean sheet and saved a penalty. He’ll have a lot to build on. It’s going to make some interesting decisions for the next game. That is always what you want to do. You need to take advantage of the opportunities that you get in goal because you don’t know how many you are going to get and when you do the coaching staff says ‘Alright he can play, he got a result for us and came up with a big save.’ Maybe it’s not his time right now but it gets banked in the archives. Alright you did it for us this time maybe someone is out of form or maybe someone gets injured and you think alright we got someone that can do it.”