CARSON, Calif. -- Dangerous performances are becoming a habit for LA Galaxy youngster Jose Villarreal.
Villarreal bagged a goal in 52 minutes of action in the LA Galaxy's 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders. From the outset, Villarreal seemed in tune with strike partner Jack McBean as the teenagers caused considerable problems for the Puerto Rico back line. Villarreal finally broke through just seconds into the second half as he cut through a pair of Puerto Rico defenders, flicking the ball forward before being knocked to the ground. Ultimately, Villarreal was forced to leave the match due to the collision that left him with a welt on the back of his head well after the match.
Although the forward was forced to leave the match early, he believes that he will be fine ahead of Saturday's clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
VILLARREAL: "I’m feeling fine. I tested with the doctor and I’m feeling fine and hopefully tomorrow I train….It was just a knock in the back of the head, I’m fine."
(On sense of pride for the youngsters to win an important game…)
VILLARREAL: "Yeah, there’s pride but we just have to focus and not let that get in our way because we’ve been playing with the reserve league. We just have to keep playing the way we are and when Bruce tells us to come and play, we just have to do what we did tonight."
(On his goal...)
VILLARREAL: "Jack flicked it off and I kept running, the goalie came out and I just took a touch right by him and after that I think I toe poked it, I’m hat I was on the ground. I never got to see my goal."