SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2004 - NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1
LOS ANGELES GALAXY HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID
On the match:
"Overall, I was not displeased with our play. I though we carried the game to them and attacked well. At times, we got bogged down by attacking down the same side and not changing the point of attack enough. In the end, we gave up two soft goals, the first a defensive mistake and the second on a penalty kick in the eyes of the referee."
On the attack:
"(Carlos) Ruiz created several good chances but Adin Brown was able to come up with two or three saves. Outside of the goals, I thought that we had more of the play. Offensively, we need a little more variety in our attack."
On the physicality of the match:
"I am amazed that we were given six yellow cards. I didn't think it was a very physical game. In fact, we have played in more physical games than this one already this season."
On the Moreno goal:
"Torres was able to get in a good cross from the wing to find Carlos - who freed himself much like his first goal of the season against New England - to get off a shot, but Brown was able to get a piece of it. Moreno was then able to get to it first and poke it over the line."
LOS ANGELES GALAXY FORWARD ALEJANDRO MORENO
On the goal:
"The cross came in from Torres on the right. He was able to find Carlos, who got off a good shot. However, Brown was able to get a hand on the ball, but it snuck through under his left arm and I just tried to get there before Heaps to touch it over the line."
On his first goal of the year:
"It was somewhat gratifying to score, but obviously it was tough because it felt disappointing to not get the victory despite having the better of the play."
LOS ANGELES GALAXY DEFENDER PAUL BROOME
On the penalty call:
"I thought it was going out of bounds and I just tried to put myself between him and the ball. I thought I got there in time and then he went down. There was a foul on the previous play that the referee missed (on Marcelo Saragosa). If he makes the right call on the foul, then the play never happens."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION HEAD COACH STEVE NICOL
On the win:
"I can assure you I'm more than pleased that we won the game, but this team can be a lot better we showed tonight. In patches we played some real good football and we probably could have scored another couple of goals with good play. The opening goal was an example of when we open ourselves up and everyone's there ready to play, we're showing what we can do. We just have to try and do it more often."
On what he said to the team at halftime:
"It's small things that make things harder for ourselves. After we scored the goal (Andreas) Herzog got the ball and walked straight up the field twenty, twenty-five yards before anybody -- things like that really stick in your throat. We've lost goals straight after we've scored and that happens. So small details like that we really need to pick up on."
On his central defenders:
"I think they've been solid. Obviously, we're disappointed to lose a goal right at the end but other than that I don't think anybody has given them any real headaches yet. But you have two big, strong guys who know how to play the game ... it was important that we be stronger defensively than we had been at the start of the season and I think we've done that."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION DEFENDER SHALRIE JOSEPH
On the physical nature of the contest:
"It felt like a playoff game. There were elbows flying. It was definitely out best performance of the year. We definitely played great as a team."
On playing center back:
"It's a little different than playing midfield. There's a lot more communication, a lot more talking, a lot more tracking and defending. Right now we're really short on defenders so wherever the team needs me that's where I have to be."
On his nose:
"It was a 50-50 ball and Ruiz came up with his elbow and caught me right in the nose. It was bleeding and (trainer Mike Fritz) tried to stop it. At halftime the doctor told me I had to wear the mask and in the second half it was barely five minutes in and a ball went over my head and I couldn't see it so I immediately took the mask off."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION MIDFIELDER JOE FRANCHINO
On his goal:
"(Assistant coach) Paul Mariner is always telling us just put it by the keeper, you don't have to blast it. Just place it. I saw that corner open and I just passed it by the keeper."
On the victory:
"We needed a win. We held out for a long time. We gave up one late when it was 2-0 but I think overall it was a good performance tonight."