CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters on Wednesday following the team's 6-1 victory over PSA Elite.
(On Robbie Keane...)
ARENA: “It was good to get him back on the field again and get some minutes in. We’re still moving him forward and trying to get him back into form. So tonight was a good exercise for him. I think people that score goals, or baskets, or whatever in any sport, you need to have confidence that you can do it. So anytime you have a positive performance in those areas, it’s helpful. So I think he’ll feel good about getting on the field next time, and be able to score goals. He needs to play, he only played 15 minutes with Ireland on Saturday I think, and he was gone for the week so he is a little behind. We just have to push the minutes on him. They weren’t hard minutes tonight, but they are still good minutes to push him forward.”
(On Sebastian Lletget...)
ARENA: “Sebastian played well. He is coming along the last two-three weeks; he is getting fitter. We wanted to give him 90 minutes, we gave him 80 if I’m not mistaken. So we’re trying to move him forward quickly, and he has responded well. He is a good player, a good soccer player.”
(On Raul Mendiola...)
ARENA: “Good to get him up with the first team, and see how he’s progressing. He is doing fine, still a little bit away from being up with the first team, but it was good to see him play with our group again.”
(On PSA Elite...)
ARENA: “Kind of what I expected. An athletic group, some decent players there but to be honest with you, I haven’t followed them that closely. I know that they’re obviously college soccer players in this area. Number 2, the right back did a good job; he used to be in our academy, another sticker up top from Cal Riverside. Number 10 I thought looked good at times, but I really don’t know the team that well.”
(On if Jose Villarreal is playing at his best...)
ARENA: "I don't think that we're close to seeing him at his best. Jose at his best tonight would have scored some goal. He's got way to go but he had a good 45 minutes."