SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2004 - SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 4, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 2
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
On the outcome of the match:
"I am obviously very happy for the team.It was a great victory and great soccer for both sides. The forwards produced magical goals and I am thoroughly happy with the outcome. The win also prevents Los Angeles from getting too far ahead of us in the standings."
On the pairing of Landon Donovan and Richard Mulrooney in midfield:
"Donovan and Mulrooney played very well in the middle together. The Galaxy put more players on Landon and that left Richard with more space to create things. It was a good partnership tonight."
On the team's growing confidence:
"Our confidence from the late goal in the first half carried over into the second half. We came out strong and Brian (Ching) scored a good goal. Scoring good goals gives us confidence and we really take pride in our play."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD BRIAN CHING
On the offensive effort by the Earthquakes:
"It feels really good to get on the scoreboard, but I really think that our whole team deserves the credit. We created a lot of chances tonight. On my second goal, Dwayne (De Rosario) did most of the work, and I just did what I could to put the ball in the net."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD DWAYNE DE ROSARIO
On the team's performance:
"It was good to score, especially because it came at a time in the game that we really needed another goal. We pressured them the entire game and I think that the outcome was fair."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER WES HART
On the team's defensive effort:
"We really made it easy on ourselves tonight. Our midfielders and forwards did such a great job pressuring, so for most of the game we were not under a lot of pressure in the back."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER RICHARD MULROONEY
On setting club record for assists (39):
"This team has had a lot of great players over the years and it is a real honor for me to be considered among them. I think that 39 assists contributes to our success and I hope that I can contribute even more in the future."
LOS ANGELES GALAXY HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID
On his team's performance:
"It's tough to spot a team three goals, but we did show some character by coming back and making it 3-2, but it was their fourth goal that was the final dagger."
On the effects of Wednesday's match in D.C.:
"We were tired from playing a midweek game and it showed. We weren't quite quick enough or sharp enough in the last 20 minutes of the first half or the first 15 minutes of the second half."
On Ned Grabavoy's first career MLS point:
"When he struck the freekick, he hit a good ball. Joseph (Ngwenya) did well to get on the end of it and put it in the net."
LOS ANGELES GALAXY DEFENDER CHRIS ALBRIGHT
On the result:
"We gave up too many goals and at poor times. We can't give up four goals and expect to win. It was a tough physical game, but that's what these games are all about."
On the rivalry with San Jose:
"It was a tough game to lose, but we had some guys hurt and so did they. It's a long season and I look forward to the next chance when both teams can bring it."
LOS ANGELES GALAXY MIDFIELDER NED GRABAVOY
On the result:
"It was good that we tried to fight back, but three goals is a lot to come back from ... We can't fight in 15-minute stretches, we need to go for 90 minutes. They did and that was the difference in the game."