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Arena, Gonzalez talk Sounders series

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and defender Omar GOnzalez were part of a conference call this morning on the second leg of their Western Conference final with the Sounders at 6 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Here's part of what they had to say:

ARENA on the physicality of the series: I think the game will be somewhat hectic. The conditions there make for generally fast, hectic games; so that’s what we anticipate and we look forward to a great atmosphere at (CenturyLink) Field, which there always is. So our team is excited to play there.

ARENA on it LA's previous four MLS Cups has any meaning to their quest for a fifth: I think it just creates an environment around our club where we’re focused on winning championships and we’re a couple of games away from doing that. We’re on the same page. We believe that that’s a charge of our club: to win championships, and our focus each and every year is on the MLS Cup. We’re excited to be in this position and have an opportunity to advance to the MLS Cup final.

GONZALEZ on Sounders offense: We’ve seen all season long that they’re very capable of being a potent attack and scoring goals. I expect nothing less in this championship game. They have to pull out all the stops, and they’re going to be at home, so they’re noting going to be sitting back, they’re going to be coming at us, and it’s going to be a fast, intense game because of the surface and because of what this game means. It’s the potential to play in an MLS Cup, and to host for the winner. I’m sure that Martins and Dempsey and company will be ready to play and they’re going to be good.