Veteran midfielder Will Johnson was asked about both.
On LA getting hot: That’s standard. The Galaxy in the summer, down the stretch are always going to be there. If you want to win a trophy – a real, proper Major League Soccer trophy – you’re going to have to go through the Galaxy at some point, as we’ve seen over the past five years. Not surprising for someone who’s been along for a long time: They know how to get it done at the business end of the season.
On the Sounders, even without Dempsey and Martins: Obviously the way this league is set up, the designated players are massive
pieces for every team – ours included. With Dempsey/Martins, they’re not going to be as good attacking-wise, but they’re going to be better, they’re going to work harder. The two guys that are going to be up there – especially defensively – are going to be more bought into the defensive side. Even if they’re not quite as good as those two guys attack-wise, but you’re going to see Neagle probably, maybe Chad Barrett as well, and those guys have scored a lot of goals over the past two years. And then you go into the midfield with Marco Pappa and you’ve still got Chad Marshall on set pieces, so they can still score goals. They only need one goal potentially to win the game, so it’s a very dangerous team and in a lot of way they’re equally as good as when they have Dempsey/Martins for my money. I think it’ll be a different kind of performance. It’s not going to be as pretty and as flashy as when you’ve got Dempsey and Martins doing give-and-goes and flicks and scoring goals out of nothing. But you’re still going to have a team that competes, is better defensively and has capabilities of scoring goals.