Postgame Notes & Quotes: Chivas USA vs LA Galaxy

Donovan sets records as Galaxy defeat Chvias USA by largest-ever margin

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Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora/LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 4, Chivas USA 0
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Robbie Keane 10 (Landon Donovan 8) 27’
LA – Juninho 2 (Landon Donovan 9) 64’
LA – Juninho 3 (Landon Donovan 10) 74’
LA – Omar Gonzalez 1 (Landon Donovan 11) 83’

Misconduct Summary:

CHV – John Valencia (Yellow Card) 33’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Michael Stephens 75’), Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Mike Magee (Bryan Gaul 79’); Landon Donovan (c) (Jose Villarreal 89’), Robbie Keane.

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Bryan Jordan, Kenney Walker.

Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; James Riley Danny Califf (c), John Valencia, Ante Jazic; Ben Zemanski (Osvaldo Minda 71’), Shalrie Joseph, Miller Bolanos, Juan Agudelo (Alejandro Moreno 76’), Nick LaBrocca; Juan Pablo Angel (Casey Townsend 75’).

Subs Not Used: Tim Melia, Rauwshan McKenzie, Laurent Courtois, Jose Correa.

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Eric Boria and Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Jesus Cisneros

NOTES

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 11-11-3 on the season for 36 points. They remain in fifth place in the Western Conference but are now one point behind both Seattle and Vancouver, who are tied for third with 37 points each.
  • The win is LA’s second of the season in three games against Chivas USA. As a result of their 2-1-0 record against their in-stadium rivals, the Galaxy have once again won the SuperClasico.
  • This is the fifth straight season in which the Galaxy have won the SuperClasico title and the seventh time that they have done so in the eight years that the two teams have faced one another.
  • Since the start of the 2008 season, the Galaxy are now 9-1-3 against Chivas USA, taking 30 of a possible 39 points.
  • In those 13 games, the Galaxy have seven clean sheets.
  • LA now lead the all-time series with Chivas USA 16-4-5.
  • The 4-0 victory was the largest-ever margin of defeat in the series and just the second time that a team had scored four goals or more. The Galaxy set a series record with five goals scored in a 5-2 win over their rivals on April 26, 2008 when Landon Donovan had three goals and an assist.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made three changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Seattle last weekend for the biggest loss of Arena’s tenure with the Galaxy. Todd Dunivant, Hector Jimenez and Mike Magee each returned to the starting lineup, replacing David Beckham, Bryan Gaul and David Junior Lopes. Gaul started the game on the bench while neither Beckham nor Lopes were in the 18-man squad with Beckham in London as part of the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and Lopes missing the game after picking up a knock in training late in the week.
  • In addition to Beckham and Lopes, the Galaxy were once again without Edson Buddle, Leonardo and Kyle Nakazawa who all missed the game with injuries.
  • After going close to scoring in the 12th minute, Robbie Keane gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute with his 10th goal of the season. WATCH
  • Keane, who now has two goals in two games against Chivas USA, is the ninth different player to score 10 or more goals in a season for the Galaxy.
  • This is the 17th time that a Galaxy player has scored 10 or more goals in a single season.
  • Keane has given LA a 1-0 lead in each of the last two SuperClasicos with the Galaxy going on to win each match.
  • Juninho doubled the LA lead just after the hour mark, beating Dan Kennedy from long range for his second goal of the season. WATCH
  • That goal was Juninho’s first-ever tally in seven career games against Chivas USA.
  • He scored his second of the game and LA’s third 10 minutes later, putting his team in front 3-0 in the 74th minute. WATCH
  • That goal was Juninho’s first in a regular season game from inside the penalty area since October 2010 when he scored against Dallas from the edge of the box.
  • This was the first multi-goal game of Juninho’s MLS career.
  • He is the fourth different player to score two or more goals in a game this season for the Galaxy, joining David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.
  • Those four have now combined for seven multi-goal games, two more than LA had last season and equal to the number they had in 2010. The last time the Galaxy had more than seven multi-goal games in a season was in 2008 when they had 10.
  • Omar Gonzalez rounded out the scoring with an 83rd minute header from a corner for his first goal of the season. WATCH
  • Gonzalez, who was playing just his fifth game of the season after returning from knee surgery, is the 12th different player to score for LA this season.
  • The goal was the sixth of his MLS career, all of which have been scored with his head.
  • Prior to tonight’s goal, Gonzalez last scored in a regular season game on August 6, 2011 in a 3-1 home win over FC Dallas.
  • Landon Donovan assisted on all four Galaxy goals, setting a new club record for assists in a game. The previous record had been three, which had been done 16 times by a Galaxy player. Michael Stephens was the last LA player to tally three assists in a game, doing so in a 4-1 win over Houston on June 5, 2010.
  • Donovan had three assists in a game once, doing so in a 4-0 win at Seattle on May 8, 2010 when he scored once while setting up the other three goals.
  • Donovan joins Carlos Valderrama, Chris Henderson and Dwayne DeRosario as the only four players in MLS history with four assists in a single game.
  • Donovan now has an MLS-best 11 assists on the season, one more than Brad Davis and Dwayne DeRosario. He is just five assists away from tying his career-high of 16, which he set in 2010.
  • He is now fourth in MLS history with 105 career assists, passing Jaime Moreno for sole possession of fourth place.
  • For his career, Donovan now has nine goals and 12 assists in 21 career regular season games against Chivas USA. No other player has more goal or assists in the history of the SuperClasico.
  • The Galaxy are now second in MLS with 43 goals, four fewer than the league leaders Seattle.
  • The back four of Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant started for LA for the first time this season. Those four, who played every minute of LA’s four postseason games last season, have now started together across the back line 18 times since the start of last season. In those 18 games, LA are 11-2-5 and have nine clean sheets.
  • Josh Saunders made two saves for his fifth shutout of the season.
  • In his career against Chivas USA, Saunders is 4-0-0 with a 0.25 goals against average, having allowed just one goal in 360 minutes.
  • Hector Jimenez made his 10th start of the season, playing 75 minutes on the right side of midfield.
  • This was LA’s first game since their 4-0 loss at Seattle last weekend. That was just the fifth time in the club’s history that they lost a game by four goals or more. In the game immediately after that contest, the Galaxy are now 3-2-0, keeping a clean sheet in each of the three wins and outscoring their opponents 11-3 in those five games.
  • No Galaxy players were booked in the game. This was the sixth time this season that they did not have anyone booked and just the second time that it has ever happened in a SuperClasico.
  • The attendance for today’s game was 17,601. This was the first road game in all competitions this season that did not see the Galaxy play in front of a capacity crowd,
  • The Galaxy will travel to Columbus on Monday ahead of their game against the Crew on Wednesday. That game, which will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network, kicks off at 4 p.m. (PT) from Crew Stadium.
  • Following the game against the Crew, the Galaxy will return to Southern California for five straight home games, including games against Isidro Metapan and the Puerto Rico Islanders in the CONCACAF Champions League. SCHEDULE
  • For more about tonight’s game, please check out all the news on www.lagalaxy.com.

QUOTES

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena

On the play of his back four:

“Good to have them back. It only took until us 26 games, that’s life. They played well.”

On Landon Donovan’s performance:

“Landon really was focused on playing well tonight and when he wants, he is as good as any player in this league. And I felt he and Robbie, once again, were in great form.”

On the team’s performance:

“Tonight, I thought we moved well, passed the ball well, did some good running off the ball just had a just real good effort.”

On the partnership of Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas in midfield:

“They’ve played very well over the last 4-6 weeks I’d say. They’ve been real good.  I thought tonight against a good midfield they played real well. They like playing with each other.”

On Landon Donovan passing Jaime Moreno for fourth all-time in MLS assists:

“Jaime was one of the great players in the history of this league and a great person. I’d say the same of Landon.”

LA Galaxy Forward Landon Donovan

On the team’s performance:

“Our team was great tonight. And when we defend that way it makes my job really easy; I don’t have to do a whole lot of defending, I can focus on the things I’m good at. When I had the ball, guys made good runs, intelligent runs, they wanted the ball, they wanted to score so it made it really easy.”

On bouncing back from a 4-0 loss with a 4-0 win:

“We were disappointed with last week. You know, that game ended 4-0 but we were a little better than that on the day, but we still had a lot to improve on so we were anxious to get back on the field. At the end of the day it only counts for three points. It feels better, but it only counts for three points and now a big one in Columbus.”

On the midfield play of Brazilians Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho in central midfield:

“They were fantastic. Those two played really, really well in there. It’s good now it gives Bruce some headaches and decision-making when you’ve got a guy who’s one of the best players in the league who’s not here and those two play that well then it’s a good problem to have and now we get David back and hopefully we can do even more with it.”

On having the defense healthy and playing together again:

“I think we’re all really excited to get those four back on the field. I think David Lopes has done a good job playing in some tough games when we needed him and Brian Gaul too in a lot of these games. But those four are really comfortable together; they’re confident, they move well, they communicate well and they make our job really easy so it’s nice to have them back together.”

On passing Jaime Moreno for fourth all-time on the MLS assist list:

“In my opinion, he’s the best player who’s played in this league, so I’m honored to be mentioned with him. I just want to keep doing my job, if I can get more that’s great.”

On his partnership at forward with Robbie Keane:

“The more we play the better we are. I think we really just understand the game the same way and we read the game the same way. So not every play is perfect, but the idea usually is there. I think technically he is so good that he can pull off the plays and he makes it really easy for me because he moves in a way where it’s very predictable, so when he moves I know where he wants the ball and I try to get it to him.”

On getting the three points and putting 10 points between themselves and sixth place Chivas:

“Given what happened at the beginning of the year I think we’re happy with that, but knowing what this team is capable of, we’re not happy with that. We’ve got bigger things to do and we’re going to keep pushing.”

On the performance of Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and the 4-0 scoreline:

“When I saw Dan after the game I said ‘you played great’ and he really did. There wasn’t much he could do about any of the goals. I think they just had an off night. We were very good when we attacked and they had an off night, it’s kind of similar to last week in Seattle but the other way around.”

LA Galaxy Defender Todd Dunivant

On the result:

“It was a good response from a 4-0 defeat in Seattle. We wanted to come out strong and play well defensively first, we wanted to make sure that was right and we were really happy with how that went.”

On the play of the Galaxy’s starting back four:

“Yeah, it felt like we’ve been doing that for a lot of years now— and we have. It was great. Everyone was pumped up going into the game. We wanted to make a statement and we came out and we got a shutout, which was huge.”

On Landon Donovan’s four assists:

“Not bad, too. He’s so dangerous, him and Robbie (Keane). When their movement is on, they are an absolute nightmare for defenses. They are coming off the defense, they are going in behind them, they are so unpredictable that they are so difficult to defend.”

On the play of Marcelo Sarvas:

“I thought his engine was great tonight. He was up and down, he was tackling, he was always putting Joseph under pressure, he’s putting all their guys under pressure, and it made our jobs a lot easier.”

LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez

On the play of the Galaxy defense:

“It felt great to have the old backline and you could just tell we were playing with confidence. Everyone was just on and it finally felt like last year where everyone was playing, from the goalkeeper up to the forwards, everyone was on. It was a great game for us.”

On the win:

“Last week’s game, it wasn’t what we wanted but you just have to move on from that and I think we did a great job. We had a great week of training and we just showed well tonight. We were pressuring the whole game, we didn’t want to give them any space. We wanted to play like we did last year, which was to attack and put a lot of high pressure and go from there.”

On his performance:

“Tonight I felt the best since my injury, so I’m really happy about my performance tonight and I just have to move on from here and keep on getting better.”

On playing with A.J. DeLaGarza in central defense:

“It was just back to normal. We didn’t have to talk too much, it was nice. We were just in the right position the whole game. All I had to do say his name once and he knew were to be and he would do the same to me. It was just really nice.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Juninho

On the win:

“We’re coming off of a 4-0 defeat and playing in a Clasico, we knew we had to win. Today I had the joy of scoring twice and the team played well, as well as we had in years past.”

On looking comfortable playing next to Marcelo Sarvas:

“Yes, Brazilians, you know, we communicate easier. We hadn’t been paired there in a while, but today we were paired up because David (Beckham) was not here. I think we played off of each other well.”

On the result:

“We played well. We were on form and that’s why the game looked easy. The goals that we scored were very important.”