LA Galaxy Postgame Notes and Quotes: LA Galaxy 0, LAFC 2 - Sunday, October 25, 2020
LA Galaxy 0, LAFC 2
Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 12:30 p.m. PT
MLS Regular Season
Banc of California Stadium
LAFC - Danny Musovski (Assisted by Diego Rossi) 58'
LAFC - Carlos Vela (Assisted by Bradley Wright-Phillips) 90'+3
LA - Giancarlo Gonzalez (ejection) 21'
LA - Nick DePuy (caution) 75'
LA Galaxy: Jonathan Klinsmann; Rolf Feltscher, Daniel Steres, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Emiliano Insua; Jonathan dos Santos © (Carlos Harvey 68'), Sacha Kljestan; Julian Araujo (Joe Corona 85'), Sebastian Lletget (Kai Koreniuk 85'), Cristian Pavon; Yony Gonzalez (Nick DePuy 31').
Substitutions not used: David Bingham, Diedie Traore, Nick DePuy, Efrain Alvarez, Emil Cuello, Ethan Zubak.
TOTAL SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 5.
Head Coach: Guillermo Barros Schelotto
LAFC: Pablo Sisniega, Mohamed El-Munir, Jesus David Murillo, Eddie Segura, Jordan Harvey (Diego Palacios, 61'), Jose Cifuentes (Tristan Blackmon 71'), Eduard Atuesta, Francisco Ginella (Latif Blessing 61'), Brian Rodriguez (Carlos Vela 70'), Danny Musovski (Bradley Wright-Phillips 71'), Diego Rossi.
Substitutions not used: Kenneth Vermeer, Dejan Jakovic, Bryce Duke, Christian Torres.
TOTAL SHOTS: 25; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 1.
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referee: Andrew Bigelow
Assistant Referee: Jason White
Fourth Official: Timothy Ford
Video Assistant Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
The LA Galaxy fell 2-0 to LAFC Sunday afternoon on the road at Banc of California Stadium.
With the result, the Galaxy are now 5-10-3 on the season with 18 points.
LA are now 4-2-3 all time vs. LAFC, and 1-1-2 at Banc of California Stadium.
The club has four scheduled games remaining in 2020 MLS Regular Season Play.
In their next match, the Galaxy will travel to Providence Park to face Portland Timbers on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. PT (Spectrum SportsNet).
LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos and defender Rolf Feltscher returned from international duty to start during Sunday's match.
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann started his third-straight match for the Galaxy after signing with the club earlier this season.
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO
On playing with 10 men and battling until the end:
"I think the red card changed the game. Maybe they managed the ball a little more than us, but we were defending, we were doing well, we were attacking with [Cristian] Pavon and Yony Gonzalez or sometimes on the right with Julian [Araujo]. But the game was very even, and the card changed it because we needed to play with one less player. We needed to defend well, we needed to keep the shape and be focused about how they would to attack and how they would give the last pass because they were doing very well in this kind of game. But we couldn't figure it out because they always managed the ball after the red card but they couldn't get a goal in some rebounds or set pieces. They never had the option while playing and using the additional player. Having that additional player, they were never able to use [that to their advantage] because they never got the option while playing, just with the set pieces and the rebounds or something like that. Until I think the mistake changed the game, a big mistake by VAR in the first goal for LAFC when obviously with one less player, you are now losing. I was surprised when I came in the locker and saw the play, when it's very clear the ball is out. So even the player for LAFC checked with the linesman, like what is he doing because he could realize that the ball was out. It was a corner [kick]. I think the most important thing that changed the game was the mistake made by the VAR, not the ref because the ref sometimes can make a mistake, but the VAR has to figure it out if the ref was wrong. It's very clear that the ball was out. I don't know why the VAR didn't say that, because the ball is out. This is the big game changer during the game, because we know we have to defend well because we have one less player, they have one more and they have really good players and good kind of ways to get options, but we always closed the way. We defended very well, we had a lot of attitude, we fought, but this mistake from the VAR changed the game."
On whether the assistant referee mentioned anything on the play where the ball was out:
"We say to the AR, you know we can't change the VAR decisions. Obviously, someone said in the moment, because we were doing everything to know what had happened, we accept the VAR decision, but I think the VAR decision changed the game today."
On the injury status of Javier Hernandez:
"[In regards to Javier Hernandez], he got injured during training on Thursday. He felt something wrong and then went out and we were waiting for him on Friday and Saturday but he didn't feel very well so we decided not to use him. He will try tomorrow and then if he's ready he will play in Portland and if he's not very well, he will get an MRI to know what has happened to him."
On how the team must approach the game in Portland and whether that game is a must-win:
"You know, we weren't thinking about that game until now. From now, we will start to prepare the game against Portland. A difficult game for the team and it's true what you say, we need to win. We need to be ready. From tomorrow we will start training and preparing the game and be ready for a win because it's the only way we will make Playoffs."
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER SACHA KLJESTAN
On what he takes away from the game, and whether he focuses only on calls against the team or how the team fought:
"I think it would be pointless to focus on the calls that went against us. What I choose to focus on is our work rate. I think our attitude was really good, our mentality on the field. The way we battled, the way we tried to keep things tight and give ourselves a chance to get one or three points in this game was pretty good. The guys in the locker room are gutted. Obviously, [Giancarlo Gonzalez] is disappointed to have taken a red card, and the rest of the guys are gutted to have worked so hard for 90 minutes and given up a couple of soft goals. Everyone is disappointed but I think the mentality we showed tonight was pretty good. So we've got to push forward, we've got a game in three days, and that's going to be a really tough game. So focus on the positives and move on."
On the Portland game Wednesday:
"Pretty much all the rest of the games we have now are pretty much must win. We've got to get something out of every one of these games that we play. We've obviously not put ourselves in a very good position heading towards the playoffs and we've got a lot of work to do. One game at a time, but going to certainly give everything on Wednesday for three points."
On if the VAR call changed the game:
"I won't say that the VAR call changed maybe the result of the game, but it definitely changes the momentum. I can't look back and say we would have won or tied that game had they not scored that first goal. When you look at the images after the game and see that the ball was clearly out of bounds and that's the start of their attacking phase of play, in my opinion, the goal - the first goal - should have been called back and I think it would have been a corner kick for us. In the moment, I trust that the referees have made the right decision. I asked the referee if the ball was out of bounds and he said it was not clear and obvious that the ball was out of bounds, so therefore I can't make the call. So I trust that he made the right decision. So it's not like I'm playing the rest of the game thinking that I've got hard done by a wrong decision. So my mentality doesn't change and I think the rest of the guys just try to keep fighting. Either way, you're down 1-0 and it's really difficult to come back. But we stayed in the game until the 90th minute. The most important thing when you're down a man is to try to get a few counter attacks, get the ball in their end, hopefully get a few set pieces and in the end, we had a couple of set pieces where we put the ball in the box and anything can happen. So we gave ourselves a chance and we just weren't able to capitalize."
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER SEBASTIAN LLETGET
On the mood of the team and how they approach Portland:
"It's a quick turnaround. For us, in our minds, we still have a chance. That's how we have to think. That's how I'm thinking. I'm not giving up. I'm not writing us off. We definitely have a chance. That's what we're talking about, that's our mindset and that's how we're maintaining focus on that."
On what it is important to take from coaching staff looking forward to remaining games:
"I think now we're in a position where they're must wins. I think the mentality changes. I think we have a sense of urgency. It's not like we can have a lot of patience. I think we just have to remain composed. It's tough. We can't get ahead of ourselves, we have another tough opponent on Wednesday... I'm just focused on winning the next game and getting this team into the playoffs."
On the effort from the team being a positive to take forward:
"Now we're kind of chasing and we have that urgency. I agree that everyone put in a really big shift. To play 75 minutes or so with 10 men; it's unfortunate just the way the play happened. It bounces off of Giancarlo's foot and he takes him down. Thankfully it's not a penalty but then you have to send a man off. Everybody put a shift in. It's going to be a battle. You know they're going to have the ball most of the time, and then when you have the ball, you've been chasing for a while and you look up and have minimal options. It's just the way the game goes. The effort was there. Of course, I want to applaud the guys, but at the end of the day, we lost big points that we really needed. Moving forward, I think we have to apply that in every single game coming up and give ourselves a chance."
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