CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club's 5-0 CONCACAF Champions League victory over Comunicaciones FC.
On tonight’s match:
“Well certainly we had a very good start tonight, obviously had an impact on the game. Getting two early goals was critically important, and getting goals four and five were very important as well. All in all, a very good night for us.”
On Giovani dos Santos playing 90 minutes and how that will impact his availbility for Sunday:
"I don't know to be honest for you. It's his first time playing 90 minutes for us so that was good. We'll see how everyone recovers and we'll make those decisions later in the week."
On Robbie Keane playing the second half:
“My thinking was that I'd either get punched in the face by Robbie or I'd play him. He wanted to play. At my age, I have to bend a little bit. We were going to rotate a few players for sure. Gyasi [Zardes] has logged a lot of minutes, and we wanted to give him a little bit of a break. The options we had tonight were a little bit limited. Although we dressed seven players, but about three of those players weren’t going to step on the field tonight. Robbie [Keane] felt good and wanted to play.”
On if Giovani dos Santos playing in a playmaker role was by design:
“No. He did a little bit of everything tonight. He could’ve had some goals, I think we could have been a little bit cleaner with him and found him a little bit earlier in and around the penalty area. But on the night, his passing was good and his running off the ball was very good. He had a very good night; I thought the effort he put in was tremendous.”
On Mika Väyrynen’s goal:
“Giovani [dos Santos] played him a great ball, and the finish was spectacular. I’m not sure I’ve seen that out of Mika [Vayrynen] with his left foot. But it was a tremendous goal, and a great way to start.”