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LA Galaxy Postgame Notes and Quotes: LA Galaxy 1, Toronto FC 2 - Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - LA Galaxy News Release

LA Galaxy 1, Toronto FC 2

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. PT

Preseason Exhibition

Dignity Health Sports Park - Los Angeles, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

LA - Cristian Pavon 37'

TOR - Ifunanyachi Achara (assisted by Justin Morrow, Alejandro Pozuelo) 45+'

TOR - Alejandro Pozuelo (penalty) 77'

Misconduct Summary:

LA - Aleksandar Katai (ejection) 33'

LA - David Bingham (caution) 75'

TOR - Liam Fraser (caution) 86'


LA Galaxy: 1-David Bingham, 22-Julian Araujo, 20-Nick DePuy, 21-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 24-Danilo Acosta (27-Emil Cuello 50'), 17-Sebastian Lletget, 15-Joe Corona (2-Perry Kitchen 60'), 16-Sacha Kljestan (26-Efrain Alvarez 86'); 7-Aleksandar Katai, 14-Javier Hernandez © (29-Ethan Zubak 78'), 10-Cristian Pavon (31-Gordon Wild 78').

Substitutions not used: 41-Justin Vom Steeg, 28-Kai Koreniuk, 67-Carlos Harvey, 68-Mohammed Kamara.


Toronto FC: 16-Quentin Westberg, 26-Laurent Ciman (3-Eriq Zavaleta 61'), 96-Auro Jr., 44-Omar Gonzalez, 2-Justin Morrow, 31-Tsubasa Endoh, 27-Liam Fraser, 10-Alejandro Pozuelo (19-Griffin Dorsey 86'), 24-Jacob Shaffelburg (20-Ayo Akinola 74'), 35-Ifunanyachi Achara, 17-Jozy Altidore (13- Patrick Mullins 83').

Substitutions not used: 14-Noble Okello, 21-Jonathan Osorio, 7-Pablo Piatti, 12-Rocco Romeo, , 40-Eric Klenofsky, 57-Terique Mohammed, 43-Adolfo Ovalle, 77-Jordan Perruzza, 39-Luca Petrasso, 90-Kevin Silva, 63-Luke Singh, 25-Alex Bono, 18-Nick DeLeon, 8-Marky Delgado, 5-Julian Dunn, 9-Erickson Gallardo, 22-Richie Laryea, 15-Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, 23-Chris Mavinga, , 80-Jayden Nelson.


Referee: Rosendo Mendoza

Referee's Assistants: Felisha Mariscal and Eduardo Mariscal

4th Official: Lukasz Szpala

Attendance: 12,200

*All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial*

LA Galaxy Postgame Quotes


On Javier Hernandez's debut:

"I feel sorry a little bit, because we lost one player in the 25th or 30th minute. Then it's not the same, because we have to change the tactics, or you have to change sometimes the rules for the players on the pitch. And, maybe he can filter, he doesn't have two players wide to give more possibilities for more goals for him. But, I think in that moment we played better than we did with 11; it was weird. We played smarter and we took advantage of the situation we had especially [Cristian] Pavon and [Javier Hernandez] 'Chicharito'. Chicharito was very close to scoring twice, but the goalie responded very well. I feel that if it were up to him, but we knew before the game that he would play 70 or 75 minutes and go out, but it Javier's [Hernandez] first game, during the week he had some problems with the visa. He had to go to Mexico and come back and in the middle of the week. I think he made good runs, and had a good game."

On the defense:

"Today I think if you compare the situations to score was even, well almost. They played better when we played 11 vs 11 and they had two opportunities in the beginning of the game, and I think one more in second half when they had one player more, but after that I think we had to defend a little more back than I like, but we had one player less. We played with a really good team and they played the final in the last season. So, I think it's difficult to get some good points when you're not playing 11 vs 11, because the season will almost always be 11 vs 11. But, I feel we don't have [Emiliano] Insua, Rolf [Feltscher], [Daniel] Steres, so I am very comfortable with the team we had in the second half when we had the 10 players, and we were able to reorganize the tactics and the functions for everyone."

On Rolf Feltscher and Daniel Steres's absence:

"[Daniel] Steres, I think that he will start training on Monday. [Rolf] Feltscher I hope comes back from Europe on Wednesday, so I hope to have them both playing next Saturday. Next Saturday will be the last preseason match for us before the start of the season."


On scoring a goal tonight:

[Translated from Spanish]

"I was able to find some openings and once I got into a scoring position I took a chance from outside and luckily it went in."

On Javier "Chicharitoz" Hernandez:

[Translated from Spanish]

Since training Chicha [Javier Hernandez] and I have been feeling great. We talk a lot on the field about our positioning. You were able to see on the field that we had chances to screen for each other and to pass to one another and we continue to play more games we are going to get better."

On preseason:

[Translated from Spanish]

"To try to do what is best for the team and to do my best personally. We've been working really hard this preseason and these games help us get ready for the long season. We're doing good and are working on doing things better and fixing our mistakes but overall the guys are doing good."


On his first game with the Galaxy:

"Like I have always said If you can score goals or have a bad performance I really feel that you need to think that the most important game is the one that is coming ahead. You need to see what you did good to try to maintain that and of course there are things you need to improve. I think that is something that my whole family and the people around football always teach me. The opportunities inside the pitch. If you score, the most important one it's the next one, if you miss the most important one it's the next one. Always if you have a bad performance it's good because you are going to learn and if you have a good performance so cool and so good you're going to learn too. Always there is a lot of learning in this sport at this age. It doesn't matter if you play for Real Madrid for Manchester United, you need to keep learning. Life is like that you need to grow. I am happy, I'm fine and speaking a little bit about myself and the team to play with 10 men we did pretty good and actually had chances after that, in particular one that I had. There are good sensations and positives and of course there are a lot of things we need to improve like always and a lot of things we need to put attention to try to maintain that. That is why it is preseason, of course we always want to have a good performance and bring the three points or the victory to our fans, our followers. In general I felt very good I think the team did very good. We adapted so good with 10 men, that is more complicated, and that a part from the loss and the penalty and the red card we did pretty well and the most important thing here always is the performance, the things to improve and the results are going to be the key thing when we start the season against Houston [Dynamo]."

On some of the missed opportunities with Cristian Pavon and Aleksander Katai:

"That even happened with Luka Modric, with Robin Van Persie, with Paul Scholes, it doesn't matter. That is football. For example, the first one that I got as well in the first half that I put to Aleksander [Katai] that the defender blocked, there was another one where Sacha [Kljestan] did an excellent run behind me and I decide to shoot. It doesn't matter, the chemistry is always going to try to be as good as we try. Even though if you play brilliant and you win four nil or you score hat tricks or whatever, there are going to be some opportunities and some plays that you are going to miss. There is no perfect game in any sport in the world. That is the cool thing that you always need to learn and to adapt and to get focused for the next one. I think the chemistry is getting very good and very well and the most important thing is that in this game in particular that we adapted ourselves with 10 men, that is not an easy job."

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