CARSON, Calif. -- On both sides of the ball, the play of Brazilian midfielder Juninho was vital for the LA Galaxy in their 4-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.
Tallying two goals on the night, Juninho was a frequent threat going forward as he showed his range, scoring a marvelous chip over goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the 64th minute. Then, just ten minutes later, Juninho was able to finish a Landon Donovan pass from close range for the game's third goal of the night. Meanwhile, on the defensive side, Juninho teamed up well with countryman Marcelo Sarvas as LA's high pressure midfield was able to shut down the Chivas attack.
Below are Juninho's postgame thoughts:
(On the win being a statement...)
JUNINHO: "We knew we needed to win. We needed to get points to keep moving up in the table. We hope to get all the way to the top."
(On his two goal performance...)
JUNINHO: It was very good. Very good win for the team. And I think I showed I can score from outside the box."
(On celebrating in front of the Chivas supporters after his goal...)
JUNINHO: "It's the Clásico. Its very important."
(On his combination with Sarvas...)
JUNINHO: "We're two good players and we know we needed to work hard, and that's what we did."
(On the play of Donovan...)
JUNINHO: "He was huge. The win was very big, and he was a huge part of it."