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Clubs react to scorless draw in LA

SIGI SCHMIDOn the game: “It was an exciting game, obviously there were a couple of things that could have influenced the game Kasey Keller makes a big save at the end there on [Juan Pablo] Angel, Fredy Montero misses a penalty kick. Those are key plays that could change the game.”

On his team’s performance:“I thought we did all right. I thought the first half was good for us. I thought the second half there was a period of time where they definitely controlled the game. I felt there was about 15 minutes in the second half where we didn’t get a hold of the ball and they kept putting pressure on us. At the end of the game I thought we did all right and we got ourselves back in the game and then when [David] Beckham came on there seemed to be a lot of free kicks happening in midfield. Maybe there is a rule were he has to get six or seven free kicks a game.”

On the debut of LA keeper Brian Perk:“I though we made him work at times. I thought Tyson Wahl’s cross was something that made him work. Brad Evans almost caught him off his line the one time we saw him off his line to hit it. I thought we forced some back passes to him and he gave a couple of balls away there, popped a couple of balls up. Obviously he came up with a big save on the PK. He did well but you can always make a goalkeeper work more.”

FREDY MONTERO (translated from Spanish)On the penalty kick:"I tried shooting it close to the post, but I shot it short and he guessed right and blocked it. That’s the end of the story."

On the result:"It’s always good to tie on the road. It’s a different story whether we did good or bad but it’s always good to tie away."

KASEY KELLER On the team’s performance:“Sure we could have gotten more out of it. They had some good chances as well. Yeah it’s frustrating, not frustrating in a bad way but it’s much better than how we have played them the last three or four times so on that side we feel good. They are a good team. They have the most points in the league there is a reason for that and we came here and game them a good game.”

On Brian Perk:“When you save penalty on your debut it’s not a bad thing to do. He got a clean sheet and saved a penalty he’ll have a lot to build on. It’s going to make some interesting decisions for the next game. That is always what you want to do. You need totake advantage of the opportunities that you get in goal because you don’t know how many you are going to get and when you do the coaching staff says ‘Alright he can play, he got a result for us and came up with a big save.’ Maybe it’s not his time right now but it gets banked in the archives. Alright you did it for us this time maybe some one is out of form or maybe some one gets injured and you think alright we got some one that can do it.”

LA coach BRUCE ARENAOn the result:“I think the final score is a fair result. That was a game that was pretty even. I would have liked had the chance to make a couple of other substitutions in the second half, but obviously we had to make changes to the center backs that’s difficult. The first change to A.J. [De La Garza] was going to have us hampered in the second half. The issue with Omar [Gonzalez], that was difficult. Having said that, I think [Brian] Perk did very well for his first game in the league. I think the adjustments our team made losing two center backs was pretty good, but certainly the best chance out of the run of play was [Juan Pablo] Angel’s and obviously the chance in the game was the penalty kick. Having said all that, I think it was a fair result at the end of the game. I give Perk game a lot of credit in his first game. I don’t think he was tested a whole lot, but a penalty kick is as much as a test as you are every going to face. A lot of credit to Brian.”

On playing Seattle:“It was two teams that were obviously well schooled on each other. It can’t be a sloppy game. It can’t be a game where you lose concentration… you get sloppy, you give up chances. We made a couple of mistakes of in the first half and we were fortunate to get out of it. We had a great chance with Angel. It’s one of those games. It’s a one play game. It’s a 1-0 game one way or the other.”

On Brian Perk’s first game:“It’s nice to know he can play. We have three great goalkeepers. Perk we’ve had for about a year and we could see as he got some reserve games he’s confidence grew, he got the experience that he needed. I think tonight he looked like a guy that’s played. He’s an experienced player at the youth level. He’s played in international competition. We didn’t throw a player into the game that’s going to run around like he’s head chopped off. I think the game he got last week in Open Cup was good for him and obviously, playing tonight at home makes it a little easier for him. All I can say he’s a keeper we can put in there and be successful.”

LA midfielder LANDON DONOVANOn the result:“It was a weird game. It’s not often that you start a game with one of your DP’s on the bench, your third string goalie and within a half hour you have to take off one of your center backs. It was a weird game, but given all of that, I was really proud of the adjustments that we made, the effort was good, we just weren’t sharp.All in all I think that we’re actually pretty proud of the performance we put in given everything that happened tonight.”

On his team’s attacking play:“Seattle did a really good job of pressing us.There were a few times particularly at the end of the first half and at the start of the second half where we did a good job of passing and getting out of pressure, but for the most part they came after us and we had to be a little bit more direct than we usually are.”

On the play of Brian Perk:“He did great. Obviously the penalty was a great save at a really important time of the game. He didn’t really put a foot wrong. A few of his kicks were a bit astray but he was good, he was aggressive and smart. It kind of epitomizes what this team is about. I’m pretty confident in saying that there isn’t another team that could have their third string goalie playing against maybe the hottest team in the league right now and come away with a shutout.”

LA goalkeeper BRIAN PERK On his penalty kick save:I just looked at him (Sounders forward Fredy Montero). I thought he was a crafty player, so I’d thought he’d open his hips and close them.And, that’s exactly what he did. I guessed the right way. I was very fortunate, but it worked out. I’d seen him play before and I thought he was crafty player and tried to show me one way and go another and that’s what he did. And lucky I guessed the right way.”

On what he learned after his first start:“I learned that I was a little nervous, but after the first 5, 10minutes I felt pretty good. There’s a lot of things I need to work on,but for the most part it was pretty solid.”

On the result:“0-0 is not the best result for your team, I mean, I think three points is what we deserved, but we didn’t give up a goal and that’sa credit to our back line. We don’t concede many goals. Whether it’s me, (Josh) Saunders or (Donovan) Ricketts, it seems like we’re always giving zero or one goal. When Omar (Gonzalez) went down I was thinking,maybe we should take the draw, 0-0 is not the worst result with both our centerbacks down.”

LA midfielder DAVID BECKHAMOn returning to action:“I’ve been out for three weeks; haven’t been able to do anything for three weeks. So, it’s good to be able to be back out there again, of course. Obviously I’ve got a week until the next game so it’s going to be a good week.”

On if he expected to play tonight:“I didn’t expect to play in this game. I’ve had an epidural and a cortisone injection last week and seemed to react well and tookthe pain away. Obviously the fracture is still there, but the pain’s died down a bit.”

LA defender OMAR GONZALEZOn his injury:“(It happened) at midfield when I got undercut by (Roger)Levesque and landed straight on my hip. After that I couldn’t really run at all. I tried to move, but I just couldn’t.”

On the penalty kick:“I wasn’t worried about it, I knew Perk was going to come up big. So, right after it happened, I walked over to my spot and got ready to chase after the ball and I’m the one who cleared it off the line.”