Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake

Galaxy fall to Real Salt Lake 3-1 in home opener

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Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora / LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 1, Real Salt Lake 3
Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

LA – Edson Buddle 1 (David Beckham 1) 71’

RSL – Own Goal (Sean Franklin) 73’

RSL – Javier Morales 1 (Unassisted) 80’

RSL – Fabian Espindola 1 (Alvaro Saborio 1) 85’

Misconduct Summary:

RSL – Kyle Beckerman (Yellow Card) 36’

RSL – Javier Morales (Yellow Card) 80’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Tommy Meyer (Chad Barrett 84’), A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Landon Donovan©, Marcelo Sarvas (Juninho 69’), David Beckham, Mike Magee (Michael Stephens 70’); Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle.

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Andrew Boyens, Dan Keat, Pat Noonan.

Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert; Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman©, Sebastian Velasquez (Yordany Alvarez 89’), Luis Gil (Javier Morales 67’); Paulo Jr. (Alvaro Saborio 67’). Fabian Espindola.

Subs Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Leone Cruz, Terakazu Tanaka, Cody Arnoux.

Referee: Kevin Stott

Referee’s Assistants: Fabio Tovar and Jason Cullum

4th Official: Paul Ward

 

Notes:

  • With the loss, the Galaxy open the season with an 0-1-0 record.
  • The Galaxy were the only one of the five Western Conference teams that were in action tonight to lose their game.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that drew 2-2 in Toronto on Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League. Tommy Meyer and Marcelo Sarvas came into the starting lineup, replacing Andrew Boyens and Juninho, each of whom were on the bench to start the game.
  • Meyer and Sarvas each made their MLS debut in the game.
  • Meyer, who was selected by the Galaxy in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, was the first Galaxy rookie to start the club’s MLS regular season opener since A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez started LA’s first game of the 2009 season.
  • The Galaxy were without six players through injury with Adam Cristman, Omar Gonzalez, Bryan Jordan, Leonardo, Kyle Nakazawa and Jose Villarreal all missing out.
  • The Galaxy hit the woodwork twice in the first half with Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas each sending shots off the crossbar.
  • Edson Buddle gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the 71st minute, heading home a David Beckham cross. WATCH
  • That goal was his first MLS regular season goal since October 16, 2010 in a 3-1 home loss to Colorado. That was also the Galaxy’s last home loss in the regular season. In between those two games, the Galaxy were 13-0-5 at home in the regular season.
  • This was Buddle’s first game back with the Galaxy after leaving the club in January 2011 to play in Germany. When Buddle first joined the club in June 2007, he scored on his debut as well, tallying LA’s second goal in a 3-2 home win over Real Salt Lake.
  • Real Salt Lake tied the score at 1-1 two minutes later when Sean Franklin scored an own goal.
  • That was the first own goal that Franklin had ever conceded in his MLS career and the first allowed by the Galaxy since May 14, 2011 when Omar Gonzalez scored an own goal against Sporting Kansas City in a game the Galaxy went on to win 4-1.
  • Each of the last two regular season games between the Galaxy and RSL have seen an own goal, with Jamison Olave scoring on his own goal on October 1, 2011 in a 2-1 LA win at home.
  • Javier Morales scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 80th minute, beating Josh Saunders from close range.
  • Morales now has a goal or an assist in six of the nine regular season games that he has played against the Galaxy, including each of the last four.
  • Fabian Espindola finished off the win with a goal in the 85th minute off a pass from Alvaro Saborio.
  • Prior to tonight’s game, the Galaxy had not allowed three goals or more in a home game since October 16, 2010 in a 3-1 home loss to Colorado.
  • Josh Saunders was the losing goalkeeper in a home game for the first time since April 4, 2009 when a Conor Casey hat trick gave the visiting Colorado Rapids a 3-2 win over LA. After that game, the Galaxy went on a 10-game unbeaten streak.
  • The attendance for tonight’s game was a sellout crowd of 27,000 at The Home Depot Center. This was the second straight season in which the Galaxy had sold out their home opener.
  • The Galaxy are back in action on Wednesday, March 14 when they host Toronto FC in the second leg of their quarterfinal series of the CONCACAF Champions League at The Home Depot Center. That game will be shown live on FOX Soccer starting at 7 p.m. (PT)
  • They will be back in MLS action on Sunday, March 18 when they host D.C. United at The Home Depot Center. That game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. with the players receiving their MLS Cup Championship Rings prior to the game. That game will be shown live in English on KDOC-TV and in Spanish on Galavision.

Quotes:

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena

On the team’s performance:

“We had a tired team tonight we still could have won this game. I think this game is on me, it’s my fault. I think I should have used fresher bodies. We hit the wall and made mistakes attributed to fatigue. I think the travel and two games this week added up to being a pretty tired team over the last 20 minutes and it cost us the game. I take full responsibility for that. I think we had some good chances tonight. We were a little unlucky we could have done better with some of our chances. I thought we played alright we just hit the wall and again like I said it is my responsibility.”

On Tommy Meyer’s and Marcelo Sarvas’ performance:

“Tommy was pretty solid he had a good night. Overall he was pretty solid. Marcelo won a fair share of tackles during the game. He did a decent job.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Landon Donovan

On the Galaxy’s first loss at home since 2010:

“It’s a little strange. There wasn’t a whole lot in the game, I thought they maybe had a little better of the ball, but we had some great chances. I thought we deservedly were up a goal and next thing I knew it was 3-1. It was a little bit of a fluky game. We weren’t great in certain parts, but realistically we could have scored six or seven goals tonight.”

On playing on short rest:

“We knew it was going to be a hard start to the season. Playing a hard game on turf, and then traveling, naturally guys are going to be a little tired, but that’s not an excuse. We had enough opportunities to win the game. We’re up a goal with 25 minutes to go, we should do a better job of finishing it.”

On how the team reacted after the own goal:

“It’s hard to know, the second goal came so quickly. I didn’t think there was anything poor. We had a couple of claims for fouls and next thing you know the ball is bouncing around in our box and goes in the net. It was just a little bit of a bizarre game. To go on the run that we were on, that many games unbeaten at home, you have to have some things go your way and tonight it seemed like everything went against us.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham

On if the team was tired following mid-week game in Toronto:

“I think we all felt good going into the game. I think obviously playing a hard game on Wednesday on turf and traveling back took its toll, but still we had chances to win the game. Obviously we made a few mistakes and Salt Lake are a good team and good teams punish you. It’s disappointing, and there was a certain amount of fatigue, but we’ll be OK.”

On Bruce Arena taking the blame for the loss:

“It’s not down to the coach once the players are on the field. He picked the team that he feels is a strong team and is ready to play and then it’s down to the players. It’s down to us collectively.”

On if his fitness heading into Wednesday’s game in Champions League:

“We’ll see. Obviously it’s Saturday now, and we have a few days to recover and try to get ourselves ready for the game Wednesday because it’s a big game. We need to win, we need to progress, we’ll just have to see how we all feel by the time the game comes and then it will be down to the manager.”

On Edson Buddle’s goal:

“I just put it in the area. I saw Edson just behind the defender and it’s an area where I always try to hit, because I know it’s an area, especially when you have players like Edson, they just find space, and that’s what Edson does. When we went up 1-0 up in the 71st minute, I thought we were going to go on from there and then they go up. I think there was a situation where a foul should have been given earlier on, but they are a good team.”

LA Galaxy Defender Sean Franklin

On the own goal:

“The ball had some spin on it, it kind of dipped before I tried to get a foot on it, it’s unfortunate. But that’s what coaches say, to play the ball, but it’s a lot harder on a wet surface, and that's what I did and I just didn’t clear it right. I thought Espindola was coming in, so I tried to beat him to the ball and I just happened to catch the wrong side of the ball.”

On the tempo of the game after the own goal:

“After they got the own goal they got some momentum and they got two goals pretty quick, back-to-back. I thought we played well as a team, plenty of chances, we hit the post, some unlucky balls that didn’t bounce our way, but we have to worry about Wednesday.”

On Bruce Arena taking the blame for the loss:

“I think he’s a little hard on himself, but that’s how passionate he is about this team. He wants us to do well, and our whole team wants to do well, and we have to worry about Champions League game on Wednesday.”

LA Galaxy Defender Tommy Meyer

On his making his MLS debut:

“I was alright after the first 15 minutes. I tried to get that under my belt, and then after that it helped me relax a little bit. I thought I felt calm after that.”

On when he found out he was in the starting lineup:

“(Found out) today. I came in prepared, ready to play. I think (Bruce) expects everyone, no matter what, to be ready to play. As soon as the whistle starts (all the nerves and everything else) goes out the door and you’re ready to play.”

On looking ahead to Wednesday’s game:

“We have to put this game behind us and learn from it... Can’t give up goals the way we did, but everything is moving forward. It’s in the past and we look forward to Wednesday. And whatever happens, if I’m in the lineup or not, everything is for the team now.”

LA Galaxy Forward Edson Buddle

On the goal:
“We did a good job of getting the ball wide and finding David early, with space and time he served a pretty good ball in and with the velocity of the ball I was able to redirect it to goal and I found the goal.”

On Real Salt Lake:
“I think they did a good job of being patient, they sat back. I don’t think they had much of a game plan, with us being at home we wanted to go forward and they did a good job countering and they capitalized on their chances.”

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis

On tonight’s game:

“I felt like we were the team that was really controlling the tempo of the match. I know that LA had some fantastic chances to score they hit the bar and then they did score but really I felt like we were the team that was controlling the tempo so I am very very pleased with everybody’s contribution not just the guys that came on in the last thirty to win the game for us.”

On the team’s performance:

“I am pleased with what the guys put in. I am pleased that they did a pretty good job at maintaining the tempo of the game. I am pleased that we walk out with a win because when they scored the goal I thought here we go again. We have been the team that has dictated the flow of the game and one cross from (David) Beckham and one header from Edson (Buddle) and I thought we were going to walk out of here losers. At the end of it all I am really really pleased the guys had such a strong response to that because it’s a difficult thing to do on the road and down a goal late in the game.”

On the Galaxy’s fatigue:

If it had been me I would have played a completely different team and just protected everybody for the Champions League game. I don’t understand or know the different pressures that come with being an LA Galaxy coach. It doesn’t make any sense why Toronto doesn’t have a game this weekend but the Galaxy does. Seattle has got the weekend off and that is how it should be they should have the weekend off.”

Real Salt Lake Midfielder Javier Morales

On his goal celebration:

(Translated from Spanish)

“I was injured for a long period of time so I worked hard in order to play in this game which was against a big rival like the Galaxy and it was a goal that helped us clinch the three points and make the game 2-1 at that point so it made me very happy.”

On Real’s plans this season:

(Translated from Spanish)

“We don’t have long term plans, we play game to game. Sometimes we complicate things by saying we want the Supporters’ Shield or we want to be league champions but right now we are going game to game and grow strong as a team as we have guys trying to adapt to the team. It’s a long process but we start it off with this win.”

Real Salt Lake Forward Fabian Espindola

On tonight’s game:

(Translated from Spanish)

“I think it was a game that had some great soccer like always when we play against the Galaxy. We started the game trying to control the ball and them trying to get us on the counter attack and playing long balls which is how they got their goal. We tied with an unfortunate play but I think we played better throughout the course of the game.”

On Real’s substitutions:

(Translated from Spanish)

“I think they are experienced players. They started off the bench do to some fitness issues but you could definitely see some changes in the style of play. The goal just came off a beautiful play.”  

Real Salt Lake Midfielder Sebastian Velasquez

On the tying goal:

“We were building the ball from the middle. We had a lot of possession of the ball. I was on the right side so as soon as I got the ball I knew I had to cut to my left. The first time I did I rolled over the ball and then I cut it back and just hit a cross. I really didn’t see the goal but what I saw was the defender was on the ground and the keeper had his hands up so I knew something had happened and that is how I realized it had gone in.”

On making his MLS debut:

“To be honest I didn’t know that I was going to start until yesterday. Once I knew that I was going to start I focused. I was just ready. What really gave me motivation was today listening to coach talk to us, the hunger in his face when he was telling us that we were playing LA. I kind of fed off of it so I knew I wanted to get out there and make something happen and help my teammates get a good result. That is how the team is the team is a star and that is what we are on everyday. We defended as much as we could obviously they have a lot of talented players like [Landon] Donovan, [Edson] Buddle, [David] Beckham and luckily we got a result a 3-1 result on the road.”