Here's some of what the L.A. Galaxy had to say tonight after their 4-0 loss at Seattle. Coach BRUCE ARENAOn the match...) “Obviously not pleased with the result. We played a good first half, I think it was a little unfortunate because if a few calls went our way it could have made a difference in the game. ... I thought the Sounders did quite well.” On the officiating...) “It changes the game, no question about it. That’s part of playing in this league, you have to deal with the officiating.” On the score...) “I think we were a little unlucky too you know. Off the post the ball moves in funny ways and we got caught off balanced a few times. ... It took us to the 84th minute to get a shot on goal. We had a bunch of possessions and we were very poor on executing in the final third of the field. Couldn’t get a good cross in, didn’t have guys in front of the goal, we didn’t do a lot of things right.”
Forward LANDON DONOVAN On the result) It was the perfect storm. We started the game poorly defending, all night we didn’t attack well, the officiating was awful. It just seemed like everything went against us and we didn’t play well. On the flanks) I don’t know. It’s hard to pick apart what went wrong, but we were just a little flat all over the field, a little slow. Our thought process wasn’t quick enough, and we didn’t react well enough defensively so it was just an all-around bad performance. On the officiating) Obviously that hurts. I thought we actually played OK for long stretches in the first half. When refs miss penalties, it changes games so that obviously hurt but it doesn’t excuse us giving up three goals in the second half. Goalkeeper JOSH SAUNDERS On the goals) Just a couple breakdowns, some breakaways. We tried to make contact and win the ball out of the air and unfortunately the ball went to them. A couple good shots here and there, that’s what the difference was. On the FieldTurf) The ball comes out a little faster, it skips, judging the ball here and there but it was really they made more plays than we did. Midfielder DAVID BECKHAM On the result) Obviously disappointing. It’s always disappointing coming away on a road trip and not getting a point but it is what it is. On the officiating) I probably shouldn’t say too much but I’ll tell you now (a youth) ref is better than that today. It is quite remarkable. Is it why we lost the game? No. But we definitely would have got back in the game and turned the crowd quiet. Would it have gotten us back into the game? Definitely; but we didn’t play well today and Seattle played a lot better. Big calls like that—it’s a big call in a game like this. It’s disappointing. (On LA’s performance) We didn’t play well; we didn’t put in the right crosses, we didn’t get into positions where we could score goals. We passed the ball well, we kept the ball well at times but we just didn’t put enough together to create enough chances. (On Mauro Rosales) Yeah obviously he’s a good player. They’ve got a few good players on their team but so have we. We obviously just didn’t perform today, we didn’t commit and sometimes games go like this.