Man of the Match Q&A: Moreno
Can you talk about the play that led to your game-winning goal on Saturday against Chivas USA?
Alejandro Moreno: "It was a great effort by the entire team once again. We wanted to get a win, and we continued to play until the end of the game. It was just great ball by Brian Mullan and I was just able to get the header in."
After tying the match late at 1-1, do you think the team would have been satisfied with a draw against Chivas USA?
AM: "Well, a draw is better than a loss obviously, so we would have been satisfied that we didn't lose. It was a great goal by Chivas USA that really put us in a tough situation, but just like this team has always done, we found a way to keep fighting and we took advantage of the opportunities we had and we were able to get the good result that we wanted."
Both Earthquakes goals on Saturday came on headers in the Chivas USA penalty box; were you surprised that the Quakes were able to score on two somewhat similar plays?
AM: Actually from my angle they were different plays, and only really similar because obviously they were both headers inside the box. But, Danny [Califf's] goal came off a set piece; on a set piece there is a lot of movement in the box with guys setting picks and stuff like that. My goal was in the run of play, but in the end we were just able to find a way to get free in the box and score big goals for the team."
Can you talk about the ability to control the aerial game on Saturday against Chivas USA?
AM: "I think we are pretty good at set pieces, we have been pretty efficient during the year on set pieces and I think teams know that. A lot of that is attitude and trying to be first to the ball. We obviously wanted to get a result here, and part of doing that is winning the set pieces."
After playing your first three seasons in Los Angeles, does it mean more for you to score goals in that city with San Jose?
AM: "It is special to score goals anywhere, but obviously there are a lot of people that are my friends here in L.A., there are a lot of people that I share a lot of memories with. So, for them to be in the stands and for me to score big goals in front of them is very gratifying."
After starting in 29 games for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2002-2004 and scoring 12 career goals, you now have scored eight goals for the Quakes in 2005. Do you feel that performing the way you are this year vindicates yourself after being traded before the start of the season?
AM: "I don't look at it as vindication at all really. I don't look at it like that, because when I got opportunities to play with the Galaxy, I did well. Right now, I am just approaching it like it is their loss and I am looking forward to trying and continue to help this team and continue to do things well on the field."