Here's coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after today's 4-0 win over Los Angeles.
"Obviously the scoreline was great. We were happy about that: being able to build on a 1-goal lead and add three in the second half. We thought in the first have we were inches away from getting some combinations and connections to get in behind them. They’re the kind of team that’s very good offensively. But sometimes there are some connections in the back that we can take advantage of. Very happy with our character, what we displayed in the second half, and overall just pleased with the performance."
Schmid was asked it this was a statement game:
"It’s just basically for ourselves," he said. "It’s a statement for ourselves: Hey, here’s what we can do, here’s the commitment that we have, this is the potential that we can achieve, and this is what we can do as we continue to move forward. It’s about ourselves. It’s about ourselves getting confidence in our ability to take on big challenges, big games -- we have another one on Wednesday – and respond well to those challenges."
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More from Sigi:
On the defensive effort) “Obviously it was a lot of hard work and people covered for each other. At times, they created some stuff because Robbie Keane or Landon Donovan would drop in off the front line and find those little windows and they were getting balls played in behind our midfield, and that gave them a chance to go after us. When they did get in those positions, I thought our recovery was good. I thought the guys fought in back and helped each other out and got across. I think we blocked some shots, Gspurning came up when he needed to on the crosses and things. I was pleased with that, but it was really a team effort and just defending well as a team and covering well for each other.”
On the offensive effort) “The first goal was actually very reminiscent of the first goal we scored against them earlier this season--the Rosales cross to Eddie Johnson. Montero’s second goal was not as similar as in that first game because it was a lot closer in, but it was a great reaction and a great shot. I think our combination play--we talked about it at halftime--being a little more patient with our passes in our final third that we could combine, and we could do that. I thought we did a better job of that. I thought the fourth goal was obviously a good combination, a good ball by Burch across to Rose. Alex Caskey was alert and took advantage of a situation that was there for him. It was good work before, and the goalkeeper made a good save on Eddie, and then the ball pops free and Alex takes advantage of it and puts in the back of the net. I think we were around the goal, we had opportunities where Saunders had to be really alert off his line. I think he ended up coming off his line probably to stuff three or four breakaways, where if he’s a little hesitant or not alert, we maybe get an opportunity for a goal or two more.”