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Chivas defender says he lost own goal in lights

Here's some of what Chivas USA had to say tonight after their 2-0 home loss to the Sounders:

CHIVAS USA DEFENDER MARIO DE LUNAOn the own goal: “It was a centered pass. My teammates let me know that I was alone. At that moment I wanted to bring it down off my chest. The lights blinded me a bit, and once I had the ball upon me I tried to head it back. I didn’t have time to react and it went in.”

Thoughts on the match: “We wanted to come away with the three points. Unfortunately, we didn’t come away with the result we wanted. We have to keep working. We don’t have a league match next week but we will keep preparing for our next match [on June 12 in the U.S. Open Cup].”

On the support the fans have shown the team: “We want them to keep believing in us. We are very grateful to them. They have supported us even though we know that the results have not come. They keep coming to the stadium to support us and at no time do they boo us. Little by little the results are going to come. We’re going to keep moving forward.”

CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER DAN KENNEDYThoughts on the game: “I don’t think we played off our pitch tonight. It’s not like we walked out there and we were completely out-classed. The past six weeks, all of our games have come down to three or four plays. Whether it’s in my defensive box or it’s in our attacking box. You work that hard for 90 minutes for those three or four important plays and we’ve just been on the wrong side of it. I think it’s important because we have a new group that we have to have this strong mentality. Fortunately, I do believe we have a great group of guys in here and that’s what is holding us together now.”

On the own goal: “He knew he was by himself, we communicated. I thought he was going to chest it to me, he lost the ball in the lights and his reaction was with his head. It’s one of those things that is such a fluky play that sometimes maybe more often than not, that happens and it goes out for a corner kick and it’s no big deal. But instead it catches us both by surprise and it’s in the back of the net.”

On his role with the club: “I got to be the goalie here. This is my job. Every day I walk out on the field and I feel like I could make a massive impact on the training session and a massive impact on the game. I feel like I could influence this team in the right direction. I know in times like this, a lot of the guys come in here and look at me for some guidance and hopefully I can give them some of my experience. It’s a tough job, but I’m definitely up for the challenge”

CHIVAS USA INTERIM HEAD COACH SACHA VAN DER MOSTOn the game: “It was a bad result, but I think we gave up the two goals [to Seattle]. The team’s effort was very good and we are happy for that. But obviously when you lose like this, you can’t be happy. We have the experience, we worked well, but we need to work more. We only had two days to train using this new system so we just need to continue working on it.”

On the effect on the team due to coaching changes: “It’s a moment where the team just lost their coach and the coach had a good relationship with a lot of the players. On the other hand, they also understand that when the results are not going their way, changes happen. We had great support from the players and reacted very well to what we wanted to do. I thought both training sessions went very well. I was lucky to have a great staff, all Youth Development coaches. It’s a positive experience for us working this way because we know that we can work together at a level like this.”

On what went on tactically with the team: “Defensively we gave up the two goals. First we had Burling falling short coming back and then on the second goal, obviously there’s not much we can say about it. We didn’t have the effort to change the game. When you receive two goals, it’s very hard to come from them. We had a lot of opportunities but we weren’t able to finish. Tactically, we changed the system. We went from a 3-5-2 the team used to play to a 4-3-3 and defensively a 4-5-1 in just two days. The team and the players wanted to play the system but we didn’t have enough effort in the midfield.”

On what he will change for next game: “I’m not in the position to make any changes right now or to talk about changes. This was just one game. [Head Coach Jose Luis Real Casillas] arrives tomorrow and he knows what he’s going to be doing with the team moving forward. From our end at the Youth teams, we are going to be supportive of the first team and the club. In the second half, we were making a stronger effort and we pushed forward a little bit more. However, we weren’t able to finish and to score any goals.”

CHIVAS USA MIDFIELDER JORGE VILLAFAÑAThoughts on the match: “We started off well with the new formation. Unfortunately, errors again cost us the game. We know we have to work on those mistakes. It’s those errors that keep hurting us even though we are displaying good soccer. [The coaching staff] implemented a good system for us to execute. It was effective, even though we didn’t get the result we look forward to what comes next.”

On the team’s performance: “All the players gave one hundred percent tonight, and more. I think everyone saw that. That’s why it gave the team a different look people were talking about. The group has that commitment. We just have to come out sharper and not commit those same errors that are costing us games. We need to keep improving and improving and work on what we are lacking.”