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Beckham: “Seattle one of best teams in league”

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm with No Comments »
October 28, 2012 10:57 pm

Here’s some reaction from the LA Galaxy after their 1-0 win over Sounders FC tonight:

Coach BRUCE ARENA
Overall thoughts on tonight’s game:

“Tonight was a real good game. It was a competitive game, very competitive game, two good teams, and to come out on top is terrific. I think this is a real good week for our team with the win in El Salvador and the win tonight. It’s involved twenty-something odd players and I think as we enter the playoffs if we have any aspirations of defending our MLS Cup title, I think obviously we’re going to need to use (these) players. We know that group is going to be real difficult on Thursday and if we’re fortunate to get past them, it’s a quick turnaround. We’ll have to use up a player, so I think we’ve accomplished that this week. That’s one of the things tonight, I thought, Bryan Gaul came in and gave us a good 45 minutes for Sean [Franklin], I think Marcelo [Sarvas] and Mike Magee made great contributions as well, and I think that’s an important aspect for our team.”

On David Beckham and Landon Donovan’s return from injury:
“I didn’t expect Landon to play 90 [minutes]. Beckham would have played 90 if I had allowed it. He’s probably going to have me removed from my position. We’ll see if I’m here tomorrow, but we need to be smart about that. It was predetermined and we discussed that in advance of this game and he understood the minutes he was going to play.”

On Donovan’s play:
“I told him I wanted him to play a minimum of 60 minutes and gave him the call on whether he could keep going and he said he was fine, he wanted to go. Landon generally needs about a half to get fit and he’s one of those rare breeds. I think the 90 minutes was good for him and he should recover fine.”

Forward Robbie Keane
On being named LA Galaxy’s Player of the Year:

“It’s obviously nice to be recognized in my first full season. You never take award lightly, it’s a great achievement, it’s great to get them and like I said, it’s great to be recognized.”

On whether his ability to create chances is overlooked:
“I’ve always been that kind of player to always create chances. In England, I was kind of a, if you like, a number 10; always played off a big man and played in the hole. Especially when I was at Tottenham for such a long time, I played in the hole and my job was to score goals. I think when people see you as a striker they always judge you on your goals rather than your other play – your team play or your assists.”

On playing a tough game against a strong opponent right before the playoffs:
“Listen, there are no easy games. We know that we’re playing against a good team and we lost twice to them this season so it was important to get that monkey off our back if you like. Hopefully we’ll see them in the semifinals and it’ll be the same result.”

Midfielder Mike Magee
On his game-winning goal and the 1-0 result:

“I wouldn’t call it too clutch. I think if I do that again on Thursday I’ll be a lot happier. We’ll take it. We always want to win and especially against a team we’re hoping to see in a couple weeks.”

On playing Seattle and the tough nature of the game:
“I think every time we play them it’s definitely been intense. They’re a team that they had to win tonight, so obviously we didn’t but we didn’t want to give them any psychological advantage, we never want to lay down in front of our fans or anything like that so it’s always going to be heated no matter what the importance is.”

On the performance of goalkeeper Josh Saunders:
“Josh was ridiculous tonight. If it weren’t for him, I think we’re not winning tonight’s game. That’s how we need Josh and that’s the Josh we know. That’s what we expect out of him.”

On Beckham and Donovan returning to the lineup ahead of the playoffs:
“That’s massive; without those guys we’re taking a huge hit. To get them some minutes and kind of get their legs underneath them before the playoffs is huge.”

Midfielder David Beckham
On his performance and the plan for him to get healthy before the playoffs:

“The plan was kind of 60 [minutes] and I shouted over and said ‘can I have 65?’ and then I said 70 and then Bruce brought me off at 61 so I wasn’t that happy, but no, obviously it’s been a while for me being on the field so it’s good to get the minutes I did.”

On his fitness:
“Today I felt a lot stronger than I did against Colorado when I came back after a few weeks and the ankle didn’t feel right. I was honest with Bruce and with the physios, I’m not always honest, but with this I had to be. The ankle wasn’t right so I sat out a few more games and then it felt strong today.”

On the importance of the result:
“You want to play against the best teams and the best players and obviously Seattle is one of the best teams in the league so tonight was an important game for a few reasons: obviously to kept the momentum going into the playoffs and to get a result against a very good team.”

Midfielder Landon Donovan
On the hard-fought game and the team’s performance:

“I think the thought process behind Bruce putting out a real lineup as opposed to resting a bunch of guys was we wanted to get some rhythm and some continuity heading into the playoffs. We certainly weren’t perfect and we were maybe a little lucky at times and Josh made some good saves, but I thought we played actually pretty well and I think we feel good now going into the playoffs.”

On going 90 minutes after missing the last game with injury:
“When Sean came out it put us a little behind the eight ball. I was fine, a little tired but I was fine otherwise and we have enough days now, I haven’t played in a while, I have enough days to get ready for Thursday so it was good to get 90 in.”

On the team being ready for the playoffs:
“I think we feel good. We probably feel like every other team, we think we have a real chance to win it.”

On playing in the midfield for the first time in months and where he would like to play going forward:
“That’s up to Bruce. Edson’s been playing well now and when he’s healthy and playing well, he gives us an element that we don’t have and he can help us a lot. I thought it worked out pretty well tonight. I thought he played pretty well, maybe on a different night he scores a goal. But, I can play anywhere; I’ll let Bruce decide that. I’ve always been someone who wants to win and I don’t care where I play to be honest. I know what my role is regardless of what position I’m in and it doesn’t change.”

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