Postgame Notes & Quotes: LA at San Jose

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Thoughts on the game:
“That’s certainly a game that we gift-wrapped for them. No question about that. Our start of the game was poor and it cost us in the end. That’s a game we really should have gotten three points out of. But we didn’t, and there is nobody else to point the finger at but ourselves. We didn’t play well, and I like I said I feel that we gift-wrapped the three points for San Jose today”.

On Earthquakes’ Goalie Jon Busch:
“He made the save on Landon (Donovan) in the first half on the one-on-one and some of the other shots were right at him, but he held on. He played very clean when dealing with some of our shots. Give him credit, he did a good job and I might say he was the player of the match; he did a good job”.

On Galaxy’s Performance:
“It’s hard to believe we didn’t score in that game. Give them credit, they defended well. (Jon) Busch played well and they got the goal that they needed which allowed them to sit and defend from there. It’s unfortunate, but I’m still proud of how we played, we just have to finish our chances”.

On playing the Earthquakes in 2010:
“Both times we’ve played them, we’ve given them early goals. My guess is if either of those games had been scoreless before we scored, they would have had no chance and we would have won easily. Once they have the chance to sit back and defend that a big advantage for them. They have two big center backs that can just sit and clear balls out of the back and it makes it difficult to score on them. Should they make the playoffs and we face them again, then we’ll have to be better and make sure we don’t give up an early goal”.

On giving up an early goal:
"On the road that's always tough to comeback from. I thought we had a few good chances... Jon Busch did a good job of keeping in the game."

On San Jose's performance:
"They packed it in and they did what they needed to do to come out with the victory. They did a good job."

On his first start since undergoing Sports Hernia surgery in June:
"It was great to get a start and get back on the field after a lengthy injury, but obviously we were looking to get three point and we came up a bit short by not getting so there is a lot of disappointed."

On not scoring a goal:
"It was one of those games. Jon Busch obviously made some big saves. There were some chances we could have done a lot better with-- we either didn't put on frame or put kind of in his bread basket."

On moving forward:
"Next game we will be better, we have to put this one behind us. Even though we lost, we played fairly well we just gave a away a crappy goal to start the game and then didn't take our chances well."

On the result:
“I’m very happy. Obviously L.A. had chances to score, and to get a clean sheet against a team like that shows the character in our dressing room right now. We’ve had two clean sheets in a row at home. We got the one goal, probably could have had a couple more, but I’m very happy not only for our players, but the fans that follow us and for the club. It’s a good position to be in and it’s in our hands to see where we go from here.”

On the performance of goalkeeper Jon Busch:
“Jon had a great game. We brought him in to make sure we were going to be solid in that position and it proved today that it was great move for us. You know Joe (Cannon) broke his ankle earlier in the week and he would have played in the game, he played very well against Kansas City, but we have a good goalkeeper in Jon and I thought he was outstanding today, outstanding.”

On two straight home wins:
“It was huge, obviously, and (the Los Angeles Galaxy) are a quality team. We know we played them well last time and we were unfortunate not to win last game. We believe in this locker room. Regardless if we play great or we don’t play great, we believe we’re in every game and we have a chance to pick up points in every game. We got our goal from (Chris) Wondolowski again and the other guys in front of me did a tremendous job and we came away with three (points) tonight.”

On his shutout performance:
“That’s what I get paid to do. I get paid to catch crosses and save shots. (In the) second half especially I was a little busier than normal but it’s fun. For me it’s fun, it’s a challenge. I love being busy. I’d rather have that than stand there and count the fans in the stands because that’s a little boring.”

On his game-winning goal:
“I try to pride myself on being opportunistic, try to make the best runs I can. Bobby Convey played a great ball in, Cornell (Glen) battled for it, and they had a little miscommunication in the back. I just continued my run and (was) able to pick up the pieces at the end of it.”

On the performance of the defense:
“We really pride ourselves on that. Like I said, team defending starts up front but I thought our midfield and our backs did a great job. Jon (Busch) had a great game. That one save on (Landon) Donovan, if that’s not the save of the week there must be some amazing save somewhere else because that was something else. He’s a great goalkeeper. Hands up to all of our great defenders back there. They’ve been playing really well and just getting the job done.”

On his debut:
“I am very happy to be here in San Jose and I was glad to make my debut today. I appreciate the support from the fans and the club today and this week. The important thing is that the team got a big win and three important points. We are looking forward to next week, and hopefully the team can get another good result.”

• With the loss, the Galaxy are now 13-4-4 on the season and remain alone in first place in the Western Conference with 43 points. The Galaxy are still four points ahead of Real Salt Lake, who do not have a league game this weekend, for the best record in MLS and the conference.
• The Galaxy made two changes to the team that defeated New York 1-0 last week in Red Bull Arena, with Leonardo replacing Gregg Berhalter at central defense and Mike Magee starting in place of Tristan Bowen at forward. Both Berhalter, who did not travel, and Bowen, who did travel but did not dress, were experiencing flu-like symptoms.
• Magee was making his first appearance in the Galaxy Starting XI since undergoing Sports Hernia surgery in June. His last start prior to today came in Columbus on May 29, when the Galaxy beat the Crew 2-0. Magee played 59 minutes in that game before being replaced by Eddie Lewis.
• A.J. DeLaGarza made his second consecutive start at left back in place of Todd Dunivant.
• In addition to Berhalter, Bowen and Dunivant, the only other Galaxy player to miss the game through injury or illness was David Beckham, who remains on the Disabled List after undergoing surgery in March to repair a torn Achilles tendon.
• With his 17th start of the season, Michael Stephens extended his consecutive games-played streak to 21. Stephens, the Galaxy’s first round draft pick out UCLA, is the only Galaxy player to have played in all 21 of the club’s regular season games this year. Stephens played 67 minutes in midfield against the Earthquakes, he was replaced by Alex Cazumba.
• San Jose made six tactical changes from the last time they faced the Galaxy on July 22, including Tim Ward in for the suspended Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald moving to central defense in place of the injured Ike Opera, Bobby Convey moving to left back in place of the injured Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjetersen starting at left midfield, Khari Stephenson starting in the middle of the midfield and Arturo Alvarez starting at right midfield.
• Chris Wondolowski’s goal in the fourth minute was the fourth goal the Galaxy have allowed in the first five minutes of a game this season. The fastest goal the club allowed this year came against these Earthquakes back at The Home Depot Center on July 22. In that game, Bobby Convey scored a goal in the second minute to give San Jose a 1-0 lead in a game that ended 2-2.
• Jon Busch, who made several key saves to protect the lead, made seven saves en route to his second shutout of the season.
• The Galaxy out shot the Earthquakes 18-15. LA also had 11 corner kicks in the game compard to just one for San Jose.
• This was just the third time that the Galaxy had been shutout in league play this season.
• Donovan Ricketts had four saves on the day.
• The Galaxy are now 7-3-2 in 12 games on the road this season, including 4-2-0 against the Western Conference.
• Neither Chris Birchall nor Juninho were booked in the game, meaning that both are eligible to play next week at home against Kansas City. Both players are one caution away from an automatic one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
• This was the Galaxy’s first-ever game at Buck Shaw Stadium. LA are now 14-14-5 all-time when playing their first MLS game at a new stadium.
• The attendance for today’s game was a sellout crowd of 10,799, a new Buck Shaw Stadium record.
• The Galaxy are back at The Home Depot Center next Saturday, August 28 when they host the Kansas City Wizards at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live on Prime Ticket starting with Galaxy Live at 7 p.m.