Sarvas' gritty performance key as Galaxy advance to MLS Cup

SEATTLE – Robbie Keane may have scored a goal for the LA Galaxy, but perhaps no player was more effective on the night for the LA Galaxy than midfielder Marcelo Sarvas.

Filling in for the injured Juninho at the start, Sarvas was, the most effective player for Galaxy in a first half dominated by Seattle. Throughout the opening 45 minutes, Sarvas’ ability to win first and second balls as well as make timely challenges help LA survive an onslaught by the Sounders. During the second half, Sarvas continued his stellar defensive play in the second half, ultimately ending the match with eight interceptions and seven clearances on the night.

Sarvas addresses his play below…

 (On his great play in tonight's game...)

SARVAS: "I was just trying to do my job. I have the type of personality to try to keep the guys up and I think it worked very well. Of course we knew coming here it was going to be a hard game. Seattle played a fantastic game today and it was a great game."

(On his defensive play...)

SARVAS: "I have to destroy you know. I have to run off the ball and destroy, so I think I did my job."

(On how the first 20 minutes of the game got away from LA  and how they regrouped...)

SARVAS: "The first 20 minutes of the first half was very hard. They came and scored their very first goal in like 13 minutes, and also their fans put them more in the game. We had to calm down, but it was a really hard game."