GUATEMALA CITY -- Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan spoke to reporters following the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with Comunicaciones FC.
(On the late game collapse...)
"It's becoming a broken record. Managing the last three minutes has been a challenge for our group. You would think over the course of a year where we'd been under those conditions, we'd do better. We didn't manage it well, knowing that we had limited time left and needed to kill the game. We failed. They made one play on the last play of the game. It's a bitter feeling; we didn't make the play that should have been made."
(On how to fix the late game errors...)
"Make sure that we have the right players in the right spots with experience that make those plays. Tonight, we actually had a few experienced players that didn't do it. If I had the answer, I'd be a genius. We talk about it; we rehearse it, and when the moment comes, we failed again."
(On bringing Alan Gordon off the bench...)
"We started Edson Buddle and Jose Villarreal as our forwards tonight. The idea was to limit Alan's minutes given the travel and the heavy schedule that we had, and he's had as an older player. The idea was that he would come into the game because he's an important player for us. Once again, he did his job. He scored the goal."
(On if the Galaxy took the game seriously enough...)
"We treated this game very seriously. We have a heavy schedule, and we have to balance the schedule in a way that benefits our players. The players that we put out tonight, we felt represented our team and was capable of winning the game. It's as simple as that."
(On facing Santos Laguna...)
"It's hard to think about Santos at the moment. That's kind of far away. We'll be prepared for the opponent that we're playing. We're proud that we advanced in the tournament. We're proud that we won the group, but we're disappointed that we didn't finish as the number one seed. We felt we had it in our grasp. It didn't happen, and now, we're going to be ready for the opponent that we're matched up with. Now that I know that it is Santos, we know the teams from Mexico can be very difficult. That's quite a ways away; we'll be prepared when that time comes."