Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas

Juninho, Dunivant lead LA to 2-0 win over Dallas

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Photo Credit: 
German Alegria / LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy 2, FC Dallas 0
Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Juninho 4 (Jose Villarreal 1) 66’
LA – Todd Dunivant 2 (Michael Stephens 2, Robbie Keane 7) 84’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Todd Dunivant (Yellow Card) 11’
LA – Sean Franklin (Yellow Card) 26’
LA – Marcelo Sarvas (Yellow Card) 72’
DAL – Blas Perez (Yellow Card) 91+
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 92+

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Jose Villarreal 61’), Juninho, David Beckham (Michael Stephens 78’), Marcelo Sarvas; Mike Magee (Pat Noonan 88’), Robbie Keane©.

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

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd, George John, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez; Andrew Jacobson© (Daniel Hernandez 80’), Julian de Guzman, Fabian Castillo (Blas Perez 41’), David Ferreira, Brek Shea; Jackson (Hernan Pertuz 86’).

Subs Not Used: Chris Seitz, Carlos Rodriguez, Bruno Guarda, James Marcelin.

Referee: Kevin Stott

Referee’s Assistants: Anthony Vasoli and Corey Parker

4th Official: Juan Guzman

Notes:

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 12-11-4 on the season for 40 points. They remain in fourth place in the Western Conference and are now three points ahead of Vancouver, who are alone in fifth place and three points behind Real Salt Lake, who are in third place with 43 points.
  • This is the first time all season that the Galaxy have more wins than losses in the regular season.
  • The Galaxy took seven of a possible nine points from their three-game series with FC Dallas this year, claiming a pair of wins as well as a 1-1 draw back on April 28.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made just one change to the side that beat Isidro Metapan 5-2 in the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night. Hector Jimenez returned to the starting lineup on the right side of midfield, replacing Jose Villarreal, who began the game on the bench.
  • Arena named the same 18-man squad as he used against Metapan.
  • The Galaxy were once again without Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Leonardo, David Junior Lopes and Kyle Nakazawa, who all missed the game with injuries.
  • The game was scoreless in the first half. All three games this season between the Galaxy and FC Dallas were tied 0-0 at the half.
  • Juninho put the Galaxy in front 1-0 in the 66th minute with his fourth goal of the season. That goal equals Juninho’s career-high for regular season goals, tying the mark that he set last season.
  • He also now has six goals in all competitions this season, equaling his total from last year when he scored four regular season goals and two in the CONCACAF Champions League, just as he has this year.
  • All six of Juninho’s goals this season have come at The Home Depot Center and all six have come at the south end of the stadium.
  • Jose Villarreal was credited with the assist on Juninho’s goal. That was the first assist of his MLS career.
  • He was making his first-ever regular season appearance in a home game after seeing each of his first six appearances coming in away games.
  • Todd Dunivant sealed the Galaxy win with his second goal of the season in the 84th minute.
  • That goal equaled Dunivant’s career-high for goals in a season, which he set in 2006, tallying twice as a member of the New York Red Bulls after being traded there from the Galaxy earlier in the year.
  • Michael Stephens and Robbie Keane were each credited with assists on the goal.
  • For Stephens, it was his second assist of the season and his second in as many games.
  • He did not have any assists in his first 16 appearances of the season.
  • Keane now has seven assists on the season, leaving him two behind David Beckham for second on the team.
  • Keane now has eight goals and five assists in 12 regular season games since returning from the European Championships.
  • Keane has a goal or an assist in all six games that he has begun as the Galaxy captain this season in all competitions.
  • Josh Saunders finished the game with five saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
  • Three of those shutouts have come at home while three have been on the road.
  • Dallas is the first team that the Galaxy have shutout multiple times this season.
  • All six shutouts have come in regular season games and all have come since Saunders returned to the lineup on June 17 against Portland.
  • Since that game, the Galaxy are 9-3-3, taking 30 of a possible 45 points.
  • In the three regular season games that the Galaxy have played this year with a back four of Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza and Todd Dunivant, the club is 2-0-1 and has allowed just one goal while keeping two clean sheets.
  • LA were shown four yellow cards in the game, setting a new season-high.
  • Todd Dunivant and Sean Franklin were each booked in the first half while Marcelo Sarvas and Omar Gonzalez were each booked in the second half.
  • For Sarvas, that was his fourth yellow card of the season, leaving him one booking away from a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. Three of his yellow cards have come in the last five games of the season.
  • None of the other players that were booked have more than two cautions on the year.
  • Pat Noonan made his first regular season appearance for the club since May 26 at Houston, coming on late for Mike Magee. He had missed time with a right quad strain, though he did appear in each of the club’s international friendlies and a Reserve League game since then.
  • David Beckham played 78 minutes despite battling a bug throughout the game. He was replaced by Mike Magee.
  • After losing each of their first two games on the NBC Sports Network, LA are now 3-0-1 in their last four matches on the network.
  • Tonight’s game was the second in a stretch of four home games in 10 days for the Galaxy. So far they are 2-0-0 in that stretch with seven goals scored and just two allowed.
  • The attendance for today’s game was 21,933 at The Home Depot Center.
  • The Galaxy will continue their current homestand when they host the Puerto Rico Islanders in their second and final home game of the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage on Wednesday, August 29. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on FOX Soccer.
  • The Galaxy return to league play on Saturday, September 1 when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at The Home Depot Center in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on KDOC and KWHY.

Quotes:

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena

Overall thoughts on the game:

“It was a good game. A good game, against a good team, and a big game, so we’re moving in the right direction, we just got to keep moving forward.”

On the teams’ defensive effort:

“I think it was real good, and, you know, a few miscues during the game but I thought Josh Saunders had an outstanding game. I think the partnership with AJ [DeLaGarza] and Omar [Gonzalez] continues to grow. I thought [Todd] Dunivant and [Sean] Franklin had real good games. A real solid effort, you know, this was a real good team we beat today. They were certainly ready to play, they pushed us hard. These are the kind of games we have to be able to win, you know, capitalize on a mistake, get a goal and do your defending. And we did that tonight, so that’s a great three points for our group.”

On the play of Jose Villarreal:

“I thought Jose was outstanding. A really alert play to help set up the first goal and really just a solid 30 minutes. He did quite well.”

On the play of Sean Franklin:

“It was good. Defensively he was very good. I thought second half, getting forward, times, his passing, he matched up against good players all day in either [Fabian] Castillo, or [Brek] Shea or Jackson, and did a solid job. I think he’s real good on both sides of the ball.”

On the play of David Beckham:

“David was a little sick. There’s a virus going around that he caught and for David to hang in there was outstanding. Showed great leadership on his part, he was not feeling well today.”

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham

On the importance of the victory:

“Obviously it was an important win just because they were in good form and they were coming up close. We knew that they were playing well and we needed to be on form. It wasn’t the prettiest of games that we’ve played, but I think three points was a big one today.”

On getting a win out of a close game:

“The important part was that we [battled for a result] because there’s many times this season that it hasn’t happened. It was an important one today to do that, like I said it was a big one.”

On his individual performance:

“After an hour of sleep, throwing up all night it’s never easy, but two of the kids are the same so I just got through it. I think at the end of the day I played almost 80 minutes and I didn’t feel great, but the important part was the three points.”

 LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal

On the play that led to the first goal and his assist:

“The defender was caught asleep and I managed to pressure him pretty hard. It bounced off my foot and I took a touch right around the keeper. I saw Juninho [with a] open shot and I just passed it to him.”

On getting past the 'keeper:

“Obviously the nerves kick in, but you’ve got to be able to stay focused and finish the play.”

On the key to being an effective substitute:

“There’s no secret, just working hard every day in practice and when Bruce gives me a chance to play just do my thing and try to help out as much as possible.”

On getting more comfortable with each appearance:

“My teammates are always in back of me, supporting me and giving me advice. That just makes me a lot more comfortable when I step on the pitch and be able to do what I do best and help out the team.”

On whether he is starting to feel like he belongs:

“I always felt like I belonged here. I grew up here and I always came to watch the games here when I was small. So now that I have the chance to play here I’m happy. I think I belong here.”

LA Galaxy Defender Todd Dunivant

On the overall team’s performance:

“It was tight. I didn’t know it was going to come down to a mistake. It was a hot day, difficult conditions for us coming back, you know, three days later after a Champions League game, but we stayed in it mentally and that was the difference. Jose [Villarreal] made a huge play, caught them sleeping a little bit and we punished them. That was the biggest play of the game. He’s crafty. You know, he’s a gamer and he’s a young kid that doesn’t know any better and that’s great because he’s confident, and he’s playing well, and he’s dangerous and he’s holding the ball off, he’s not just doing the obvious things like scoring goals, he’s doing the little things and that’s huge for us.”

On his goal:

“I saw a good opportunity to get forward and Mike Stephens put a good ball in and they kind of looked away and let me through and it was just me and the keeper, so I was fortunate enough to put it in and took a little pressure off of us and kind of seal up the game.”

On the Western Conference race:

“Yeah, real good tune-up, I mean, a lot of these games are conference games and team’s we’re trying to catch. Still have [Real] Salt Lake again, and Seattle [Sounders FC] again, so these are good games for us. Tonight was a huge statement, to kind of, not necessarily put Dallas out of it but at least give a little distance for us. They’ve been playing so well and climbing up the table and if they won tonight it was a two point lead for us. Obviously, it was a big game and we wanted to come out strong.”

On aiming for the Supporters’ Shield:

“That’s not necessarily on our minds. I mean, we’d love to, and you’d love to win out, but that’s not necessarily realistic and that’s not necessarily the right mentality. For us, it’s just about climbing the table and we wanted to get in the playoffs and we wanted to get to forth, and obviously you just want to just keep playing and that’s our goal. We’re not looking at trying to win the [Supporters’] Shield at this point. That’s not on our radar, if that happens, that would be great but that’s not something we’re talking about day to day.”

LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez

On the performance of the defense:

“I thought that we all did well. They got a couple chances here and there, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle. We gave them a little bit of time in the beginning part of the second half, but we got it under control and then just moved on from there. I thought we played a pretty solid match.”

On what the defense did well against the Dallas attack:

“When they did have the ball and when they were trying to run behind us we just dropped and got to the space before them. And then when they moved the ball backwards we took that space up. I thought our whole team did a good job in putting pressure on them and we all just felt good tonight.”

On getting the shutout:

“Shutouts are what we defenders play for and we just want to keep on getting shutouts and it makes it easier for us to win the games, all we’ve got to do is score one goal, two goals and then we walk away with the win.”

On his personal performance:

“I find myself getting better each game and more confident. Just got to keep on moving forward, take the mistakes that I make, look them over after the game and move on from there and try not to make the same mistake twice.”  

FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman

On the mistake that led to the first goal:

“Sometimes you see that at all levels. You saw it today, you saw it in the Liverpool game. You just make a bad mistake and they capitalize on it. I was glad to see the guys continue to fight.”

On Jose Villarreal coming in and changing the game:

“He’s very active, and he’s got a desire to get forward. They’ve got him playing a little bit more simply, and he brought a lot of energy. At that point in time we’re trying to get a goal, so that makes it easier for players like him.”

On Castillo’s injury impacting the match:

“Well of course we had to make a change, it forced us to bring Blas (Perez) on, we weren’t sure, we thought Blas could maybe give us a good 30 minutes but he had to come on earlier. If you remember earlier in the game, Castillo was causing LA quite a bit of problems because of his speed and explosion. Our game plan was to stress the defense and have good flank play, and I think when he got hurt we lost that good flank play.”

On the Galaxy applying pressure:

“Well they cut down the passing lanes, so they kept on forcing us to go out, and when we did go out they got good numbers around the ball. LA does a really good job recovering, and we know that when they get a lead they’re really hard to break out.”

On losing to the Galaxy in their last two matchups:

“You know, they’re just a good team. I mean jeez, what team out here has got a Keane and a Beckham and a Donovan, just look at the team. They’re a good team. I don’t think we get the calls here, it should have been a red card, if the last man on defense takes us down, but we don’t get that call. I got to believe that if we’re at home we get that call. So I think, they’re just a tough team to play against and they’re very talented but for us it’s been a difficult road for us with all of our injuries. It felt good today because it’s the first time we’ve put the 11 players we wanted on the field and we had depth in every position on the bench.”

On falling back in the playoff hunt:

“We all know that. It was a pretty heads’ down locker room, it’s not like the first time we’ve lost but the heads are down because we got three very good results and we had planned for a fourth good result. We know we’re running out of games.”

FC Dallas Midfielder Brek Shea

On what FC Dallas did well:

“In the second half we had more possession, I think that in the first half they were really dominating us but I think what we did was we learned what they were doing and adjusted to that.”

On the difference between the two halves:

“I think in the second half we had just as many chances as they did, we just didn’t capitalize on them and the one where David (Ferreira) got through. We had a couple chances we could have scored, but just we didn’t. And then (on) their second goal we were kind of pushing and they just got a goal.”

On their recent form and the playoff push:

“We’re just looking at it one game at a time, trying to get as many points as we can in each game. Obviously tonight doesn’t help us, but if we can get points then we have a better chance of getting into the playoffs but I don’t want to sit here and say ‘this is what we have to do to get into the playoffs,’ that’s not really anything, we just need to play and take it one day at a time.”

FC Dallas Midfielder Andrew Jacobson

On their recent form and how the loss affects that:

“I think we’re still in great form, it’s definitely a hiccup and a lost opportunity to get closer in the playoffs and catch some people, but it’s definitely not over. I thought we gave ourselves a good chance, we were in the game and made unfortunate mistakes. That’s part of the game, it just didn’t bounce our way today.”

On what they struggled with:

“Yeah I think we could have been a little more clinical in certain parts of the field, but I think overall we did well. They’re a fantastic team, very organized, great at home. They know exactly what they’re doing. I thought we gave them as few opportunities as possible but we had a couple of chances with thee or four guys running at three or four of them and sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t.”

On the second half and their game plan:

“The game opened up a little bit, definitely opened up, I thought which is a good thing for us, gives space to some of our talented players. I think if we could do it all again I don’t know how much we’d change it, we’d like to just get a couple goals and today we weren’t able to.”

On bouncing back and moving forward:

“We have to win next weekend at home. We got a big home game and we’re gonna be looking for nothing but three points, for sure. We have to just keep playing our game, we can’t go in pretending we’re something we’re not, and with the players we have, we have to play attacking soccer and we’re going to have to do that next weekend, for sure, looking for three points.”