Quote Sheet - RSL 1 : 0 LA

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
QUOTE SHEET
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010

RIO TINTO STADIUM –
SANDY, UTAH

REAL SALT LAKE 
1  :  0  LOS ANGELES GALAXY

 

REAL SALT LAKE HEAD
COACH JASON KREIS

On the goal:

“We keep telling our
guys that good things happen when we defend well. We’re in their attacking
third and things break down a little bit. I am not sure if it was Pablo
(Campos) or Alvaro (Saborío) who got their foot to that ball, but they made a
block on their defender, it hits off another defender and goes straight to
Javier (Morales). Good things happen when we are alert defensively. The play
got broken for Pablo or Alvaro, so to get their foot in there is a good thing.”

On the Galaxy’s play:

“I just think they’re a
really mature, composed, compact, and organized team defensively. They make
things extremely difficult to break down. As I saw tonight, it was extremely
difficult to get that goal. Interesting that it comes off a bit of a misplay.”

On the non-offside
call on the goal:

“What I saw, our player
struck the ball off their defender and it goes straight to Javier. The ball has
come from their player to our player, who is an offside position, but he can’t
be ruled offside if it comes from their defender.”

On RSL’s mood at
halftime:

“It was good. It’s one
of those times when you just say, ‘Congratulations, it’s a fantastic half of
soccer. I’m so proud and it’s just fun to watch.’ As a spectator, that’s how
you begin to feel at times because things are going so well. You need to remind
the players to be alert because it really still felt like LA was going to be
dangerous on a counterattacking opportunity, so I just wanted the guys to be
alert and keep going. I thought things would turn our way and they ended up
doing that.”

On earning three
points going into the break in MLS play:

“We end up on a really
positive note. I am really pleased with where we are right now. We can take a
little bit of a breather now and relax and enjoy some time off.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
DEFENDER NAT BORCHERS

On RSL’s defensive
performance:

“We just wanted to be
patient tonight because we knew it was going to take something special to break
them down and get a goal.”

On gaining the full
three points:

“It’s really special
because they’re undefeated and they were playing with a lot of confidence.”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER JAVIER MORALES

On his game-winning
goal:

“I was thinking I was
offside, but it looked like the last person to touch it was on Los Angeles and
that’s why I pursued it and got the goal.”

On the atmosphere at
Rio Tinto Stadium:

“Unbelievable.  I
don’t know how many fans there were, but it was unbelievable!”

 

REAL SALT LAKE
MIDFIELDER NED GRABAVOY

On the result vs. Los
Angeles:

“We were fortunate
enough to get a goal.  We knew it was going to be a one-goal game, we just
didn’t want to give it up.”

On Javier Morales’
tally:

“When he put it away
everyone looked at the linesman and he didn’t show at all that he was going to
put his flag up.  We were all super excited and knew there were only 10
minutes left so we could just try to keep the ball.”

 

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA

On the Javier Morales
goal:

“It wasn’t a pass. There
wasn’t a pass on the whole play. Who passed the ball on that play? It was
originally a deflection off of a Salt Lake player and a Galaxy player, then it
deflected off of Gonzalez and Morales was standing there. It would be hard for
me to believe … it was a missed play. Let’s be fair. Over the season you’re
going to get some in your favor and some are going to go against you.”

On whether the
altitude factor played a role in the match:

“We realize that the
last 15 minutes of each half, due to the elevation, it becomes a little bit of
a factor. And the home team is a little more acclimated to the altitude. At the
end of each half we were a little bit tired. It impacted us and that’s that.”

On the Galaxy’s
effort:

“I think it was a good
effort. I think it was a game that could have gone either way. It probably
should have been a draw at the end of the day. The delay with the lightning
made for an awkward night. We started the game about three hours ago. It was a
long night.”

 

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
DEFENDER OMAR GONZALEZ

On the match:

“It’s just tough to play
here in Salt Lake. They haven’t lost in 16 games. We were just trying to sit
back a little bit and plan out our chances. I thought it was a pretty good
game. They scored a goal, but it happens.”

On the difference
between tonight and LA’s win over RSL back in April:

“I think that they just
had more intensity this time than last time. That’s about it.”

 

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
MIDFIELDER JUNINHO

On the match:

“It was a tough game. I
was hoping to come out with a victory, and we wanted the victory from the first
minute. Unfortunately we couldn’t because there was a mistake on the referee.”

On the strengthening
of his game:

“Yes, Bruce has asked me
to be more aggressive. And so I have been more aggressive and that will help us
to come away with more results and victories.”

 

LOS ANGELES GALAXY
MIDFIELDER CLINT MATHIS

On his comfort with
changing styles of play from RSL to L.A.:

“I think we still play
in that wide open style sometimes. It just depends on what situation presents
itself with how teams are playing and how players are playing. It is a bit
different style [with L.A.], but it’s working for us so far with the record
that we have.”

On returning to Rio
Tinto Stadium:

“For sure I like coming
back. It’s good to see all the people you know. It’s good to see the guys on
the team. Some of the fans I know and some of the people that work at the
stadium I know so I enjoyed seeing everybody and seeing the stadium and had a
good time.”