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Donovan: ‘No need to send a message’

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm with No Comments »
October 31, 2010 11:30 pm

Landon Donovan

Galaxy reaction to tonight’s 1-0 win over Seattle:

(On the game)
“Tough game, tough conditions. This field wasn’t easy to play on for either team. Pretty classic playoff game where you go on the road and defend and try to get out of here. We were playing to win. It certainly keeps the series really tight and there’s everything to play for in the next game. ”

On the goal) “That’s a turf ball. There were a lot of turf plays — balls bouncing around, off of shins, up in the air, out of bounds. We don’t want to make too many copies of this game and distribute it around.”

On LA’s defense) “It was good. Their top four guys are good. [Blaise] Nkufo, [Fredy] Montero, [Steve] Zakuani and [Sanna] Nyassi are dangerous players and you have to be able to concentrate the whole time. They’re a handful.”

On Donovan Ricketts’ saves) “I remember two great saves. In succession we had to tip it over. It was off a corner kick. The ball kind of squirted loose and [Fredy] Montero got away from [A.J.] DeLaGarza so Ricketts had to tip it over. But it was the save before that was big. A couple of the others were a little bit more routine. He had to stretch out on [Nathan] Sturgis’ free kick. But he did good.”

(On the match)
“I thought it was a professional performance by us. We set our lineup early and we played some good football on the night. Our togetherness is what won the game and put us in a good position. We’re happy with tonight and now we have to go do a job at home.”

On his Achilles) “It’s very sore, I’m not going to lie. It felt sore in the first half and it was just a case of getting through it. I’ve got a good week now to relax and get it back to what it should be.”

On the game)
“All the credit to my defense. They smothered the Seattle attack and whatever I had to do, I did, to keep my team in the game. Sometimes I have to work for my paycheck and tonight was a night I had to work for my paycheck.”

On silencing the crowd with the goal)
You think about those things coming in, but you focus on team and structure first. To get a go-ahead goal, it felt good.”

On the physical play) “A playoff game and you expect it to be scrappy. Both teams are trying to win. There’s a lot at stake.”

On the game)
“Our defense was terrific. Our back four was great. Donovan (Ricketts) was good when he needed to be. Our midfield, I think, completely controlled the game. We knew that their strength is wide and we wanted to make sure that we did a good job of getting around those guys and I thought we did.”

On Seattle targeting Eddie Lewis) “Eddie has been around awhile and knows how to play. That’s the beauty of having a team that’s this deep. There’s not many teams that would substitute a guy like that and have a game like that – a meaningful game like that. We’re confident with whoever we put in there and I thought he did a great job.”

On sending a message with this game)
“We don’t need to send a message. We’ve been the best team for two years plus so there’s no message to send. We know that we’re good and we’ve got to keep playing like this if we’re going to get to the final.”

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