Postgame Notes & Quotes: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy

Galaxy suffer first loss since July 4 in Seattle

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Seattle Sounders FC 4, LA Galaxy 0
Sunday, August 5, 2012
CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wash.

Scoring Summary:
SEA – Eddie Johnson 10 (Mauro Rosales 8, Osvaldo Alonso 1) 6’
SEA – Fredy Montero 6 (Unassited) 52’
SEA – Alex Caskey 1 (Unassited) 61’
SEA – Andy Rose 1 (March Burch 3, Mauro Rosales 9) 88’

Misconduct Summary:
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (Yellow Card) 24’
SEA – Brad Evans (Yellow Card) 60’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, David Junior Lopes (Jose Villarreal 80’), Bryan Gaul; Sean Franklin (Mike Magee 57’), David Beckham, Juninho (Hector Jimenez 70’); Marcelo Sarvas; Landon Donovan©, Robbie Keane.

Subs Not Used: Brian Perk, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant; Michael Stephens.

Seattle Sounders FC: Michael Gspurning; Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez; Mauro Rosales©, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans (Christian Tiffert 64’), Alex Caskey (Marc Burch 81’); Fredy Montero (Andy Rose 73’), Eddie Johnson.

Subs Not Used: Andrew Weber, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Sammy Ochoa, Steve Zakuani.

Referee: Chris Penso

Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry and Jeff Hosking

4th Official: Jesus Cisneros

Notes:

  • With the loss, the Galaxy are now 10-11-3 on the season for 33 points. They remain in fifth place in the Western Conference, one point behind fourth place Vancouver and four points behind third place Seattle.
  • The loss snapped LA’s season high five-game unbeaten streak and tied the all-time series with Seattle at 3-3-2. Prior to the start of this season, the Galaxy were 2-0-1 all-time at CenturyLink Field but have been shutout there twice this year.
  • Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made two changes to the team that won 1-0 last weekend away to FC Dallas. David Beckham and captain Landon Donovan returned to the starting lineup in place of Hector Jimenez and Mike Magee. Donovan did not play in Dallas because he was serving a one-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation while Beckham missed the game in order to fulfill Olympic commitments in London.
  • Todd Dunivant was back in the 18-man roster for the first time since July 18, when he had to leave the game in the 31st minute due to an injury. He began the game on the bench and was not one of Bruce Arena’s three substitutes.
  • A week after playing in his 90th MLS career game, Omar Gonzalez made his 90th career start.
  • Mike Magee’s appearance in the 56th minute was the 85th of his career with the Galaxy. He was acquired by the Galaxy on Jan. 14, 2009 in a trade with the New York Red Bulls.
  • Jose Villarreal made his fourth career appearance for the club in the 80th minute when he replaced David Junior Lopes, all four of Villarreal’s appearances have come on the road.
  • The Galaxy fell behind in the 6th minute after allowing a goal from Eddie Johnson. It was the seventh time the club had allowed a goal in the opening 15 minutes of the game this season.
  • Fredy Montero tallied five shots including two shots on goal, raising his all-time series total to 24 and 12, respectively. He gave the Sounders a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute, it was his third career goal against LA.
  • When the Galaxy went down 3-0 in the 61st minute, it was the sixth time this season the club had allowed an opponent to score three goals or more. Last season, the club allowed three goals or more a game just three times. LA is 1-5-0 this season when they give up three goals or more.
  • Andy Rose’s goal in the 88th minute made the score 4-0 in favor of Seattle. This was the second time this year the Galaxy have given up four goals in a game. Last year the club only allowed four goals in one game once, with that coming in a 4-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on March 26.
  • LA was shutout for a fifth time this season and was held to just two shots on target.
  • The attendance for today’s game was 60,908, second largest attendance at CenturyLink Field for a Sounders game. This was the fourth biggest crowd ever to see the Galaxy play on the road and it was the biggest crowd since LA played in front of 66,237 at Giants Stadium on August 18, 2007.
  • The Galaxy return to action next Sunday, August 12 with the third-leg of the SuperClasico rivalry game against Chivas USA. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. Pacific Time and can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Quotes:

LA Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena

On the match...

“Obviously not pleased with the result. We played a good first half,  I think it was a little unfortunate because if a few calls went our way it could have made a difference in the game. We didn’t play well in the penalty range, it the difference of the game. I thought the Sounders did quite well.”

On the officiating...

“It changes the game, no question about it. That’s part of playing in this league, you have to deal with the officiating.”

On the score...

“I think we were a little unlucky too you know. Off the post the ball moves in funny ways and we got caught off balanced a few times. We didn’t have trash today, it took us 84’ to get a shot on goal. We had a bunch of possessions and we were very poor on executing in the final third of the field. Couldn’t get a good cross in, didn’t have guys in front of the goal, we didn’t do a lot of things right.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder Landon Donovan

On the result…

“It was the perfect storm.  We started the game poorly, defending, all night we didn’t attack well, the officiating was awful.  It just seemed like everything went against us and we didn’t play well.”

About the play on the flanks…

“I don’t know; it’s hard to pick apart what went wrong but we were just a little flat all over the field, a little slow.  Our thought process wasn’t quick enough, and we didn’t react well enough defensively so it was just an all-around bad performance.”

On the officiating… 

“Obviously that hurts. I thought we actually played okay for long stretches in the first half.  When refs miss penalties, it changes games so that obviously hurt but it doesn’t excuse us giving up three goals in the second half.”

LA Galaxy Goalkeeper Josh Saunders

On goals scored…

“Just a couple breakdowns, some breakaways.  We tried to make contact and win the ball out of the air and unfortunately the ball went to them.  A couple good shots here and there, that’s what the difference was.“

On the playing surface…

“The ball comes out a little faster. It skips, judging the ball here and there but it was really they made more plays than we did.”

LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham

On the result…

“Obviously disappointing.  It’s always disappointing coming away on a road trip and not getting a point but it is what it is.”

On LA’s performance…

“We didn’t play well; we didn’t put in the right crosses, we didn’t get into positions where we could score goals.  We passed the ball well, we kept the ball well at times but we just didn’t put enough together to create enough chances.”

On Mauro Rosales…

“Obviously he’s a good player. They’ve got a few good players on their team but so have we.  We obviously just didn’t perform today, we didn’t commit and sometimes games go like this.”

Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid

On the game...

“Obviously, the scoreline was great. We’re happy about that. Today, being able to build a one goal lead and score three in the second half was good. We felt in the first half we were getting inches away from getting some combinations and connections together behind them. They’re the kind of team that’s very good offensively, but sometimes there are some openings in the back that we can take advantage of. I’m very happy with our character and what we displayed in the second half. Overall I’m just pleased with the performance.”

On the statement they made...

“It’s just basically for ourselves--a statement for ourselves. It’s us knowing, ‘Hey, here’s what we can do, here’s the commitment that we have, this is the potential that we can achieve, and this is what we do as we continue to move forward.’ It’s about ourselves. It’s about ourselves getting confidence in our ability to be able to take on big challenges, big games--we have another one on Wednesday--and respond well to those challenges.”

On the defensive effort...

“Obviously it was a lot of hard work and people covered for each other. At times, they created some stuff because Robbie Keane or Landon Donovan would drop in off the front line and find those little windows and they were getting balls played in behind our midfield, and that gave them a chance to go after us. When they did get in those positions, I thought our recovery was good. I thought the guys fought in back and helped each other out and got across. I think we blocked some shots, Gspurning came up when he needed to on the crosses and things. I was pleased with that, but it was really a team effort and just defending well as a team and covering well for each other.”

On the offensive effort...

“The first goal was actually very reminiscent of the first goal we scored against them earlier this season--the Rosales cross to Eddie Johnson. Montero’s second goal was not as similar as in that first game because it was a lot closer in, but it was a great reaction and a great shot. I think our combination play--we talked about it at halftime--being a little more patient with our passes in our final third that we could combine, and we could do that. I thought we did a better job of that. I thought the fourth goal was obviously a good combination, a good ball by Burch across to Rose. Alex Caskey was alert and took advantage of a situation that was there for him. It was good work before, and the goalkeeper made a good save on Eddie, and then the ball pops free and Alex takes advantage of it and puts in the back of the net. I think we were around the goal, we had opportunities where Saunders had to be really alert off his line. I think he ended up coming off his line probably to stuff three or four breakaways, where if he’s a little hesitant or not alert, we maybe get an opportunity for a goal or two more.”

On Christian Tiffert’s debut...

“It was good. I told Christian he was going to come in. I actually told him, because I knew I was going to try and get Montero off the field because he had played so many minutes on Thursday, and I said, ‘Look, I’ll put you out there and you’ll start out in the middle, but when I take Montero off I’ll slide Rose inside and have you come to the right.’ He said, ‘That’s fine, I can do that.’ When I made that second change I said, ‘No, stay inside.’ I thought he was good. He was almost in on that one opportunity off the one-two toe poke. You also saw him make some tackles in the back, so it shows his two way capabilities. But when you look at him with the ball, I haven’t seen the stats but I don’t know if he gave a ball away. He tried one through-ball that he tried to chip through, that might have been run down by the Galaxy instead of our team. He’s going to help us. He’s a guy who plays simple, who combines, is hard when he needs to be, and he’s the kind of guy who when you watch him is just easy-running and all of a sudden, boom he makes a move and that was like when he got in. It was like nice and simple and all of a sudden he was in behind them on a quick sprint and they didn’t know what to do with him.”