VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Vancouver Whitecaps FC were understandably jovial after defeated the LA Galaxy for the first time in six MLS meetings, which also snapped their seven-game winless streak.
The Whitecaps react to the win below...
HEAD COACH MARTIN RENNIE:
Thoughts on the match:
“It’s the first win for the club against the LA Galaxy, so I think that’s a very significant goal that we talked about with the players a few weeks ago as an opportunity that we would have coming up, and that day arrived today. We put together a decent performance in the second half, we took our chances when they came along and for the most part we defended quite well. It’s a fantastic win for us.”
Thoughts on Russell Teibert:
“I think this will boost his confidence. Adding goals to his performance is something that we’ve talked about and we want to see that from him. He’s travelled a very long, hard road from last season to be a first team player. He’s come through our youth system, and there’s others coming through [the youth system] that we’re really excited about as well, so it’s fun to see that today.”
STRIKER DARREN MATTOCKS:
On ending his goal scoring drought:
“It feels really good. I’ve been staying really patient, kept working really hard. I just want to give a big shout out to teammates and all the fans in Vancouver for being really patient with me. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve just got to keep doing the things ive been doing for the last couple of weeks.
On Russell Teibert:
“Fantastic. I think he came in and changed the game completely. He injected a lot of pace and hard work. Russell’s been working extremely hard since preseason. It’s perfect for him to come on and get a couple of goals.”
MIDFIELDER RUSSELL TEIBERT:
Thoughts on his performance:
“I think the team performed really well, we deserve this performance and we owe this to our club and our fans.”
On scoring two goals:
“It feels great. I was overwhelmed when I scored the first goal, and the second one came and the feeling was extraordinary. Scoring my first two goals in front of my family was huge. They supported my dream to become a professional athlete since I was young, so it’s a little gift for them.”
MIDFIELDER NIGEL REO-COKER:
On Russell Teibert:
“Very happy for him, very proud of him. I’ve seen how hard he works since I’ve been here and seen what he can achieve. He didn’t start today’s game. And this is how football changes, I’ve told him this is how football changes. Daigo went off in the first 10 minutes, and he came on and scored two goals.”
On whether this is the turning point of the season:
“I hope so. Something like that, I’d like to believe that we can take some confidence and belief from that, to beat the league champions convincingly as well. We’ve got to use that as a momentum to be a season changer for us and continue to grow as a team and try to achieve what we want to achieve this year.”