Saturday’s 2-0 win over Seattle gives Chivas USA an early season four point edge over the rest of the league. (The Galaxy, incidentally, drew 1-1 up in Oakland with the San Jose Earthquakes and remain winless on the season. Bryan Jordan scored the second half equalizer after San Jose took a fifth-minute lead).
Here are a few bonus quotes I collected after the Chivas USA game (along with contributions from reporter Phil Collin).
*Here’s Chukwudi (which, by the way, means God is great in the language of his Nigerian parents) Chijindu or as we shall call him, Chucky, on the goal that as Preki put it “killed the game:
“It’s just one of those things, I guess, natural instinct. We both were on the same page. I tried to get across near post I saw him put the ball there and tried to get there before the defender does. I saw the defender and saw the little far post open. I could only get my toe on it, but it’s just enough and I’ll take any goals as they come.”
*Sacha Kljestan’s form has dropped off in the last few games, but it doesn’t sound as if he’s particularly bothered about it:
“I don’t really care how I play as long as the team wins. Playing the middle of the field is obviously comfortable and I had a lot of touches tonight.”
*Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid on what the Sounders were missing against Chivas USA:
“We were missing the final pass. We were missing our ability to sustain the attack. … It seemed like once our attack ended and they got the ball we had to go all the way back to our defensive third before we could attack again.”
*On conceding three goals in the last two games:
“That doesn’t concern me as much as not scoring in the last two games. … When I look at our team over the last 180 minutes we’ve only maybe conceded four chances, five chances. So now it’s a matter of not losing our concentration in key moments. But it’s not like we’re getting chance upon chance created against us and we’re struggling to hang on, but obviously we need we need to finish, we need to score goals.”
Alecko Eskandarian on the Sounders:
“From watching them I thought they were going to be better than what they were tonight. I watched all their games on TV and I was very impressed with what I had seen. Tonight, in the first half especially, I thought they showed glimpses of what they can do – they’re definitely a tough team, not to be taken lightly. But I thought we handled it pretty good – I was pretty impressed with our back line.”
On whether the team is surprised with the undefeated start to the season:
“No, we work really, really hard, …Every single day its a battle, it’s a fight. This is what we expect out of ourselves. If anything we felt we shouldn’t have got a tie last weekend, we should be 5-0. … Five games into the season no-one ever gets handed a trophy. As great as this is, that we’re building a little bit of a gap, there’s a long way to go.”
On how much the squad’s stability over the last two or three seasons has helped:
“If you look at the best teams in MLS and the teams that are having success year after year are the ones that keep a core group together and I think we have a big core from last year returning and that’s helped us a lot. While other teams are trying to get to get used to the style they’re going to play or players coming in and out I think we know exactly what everyone brings to the table. Some of the new guys know what their role is without us having to feel them out and know what’s expected of them. That’s been a huge advantage for us.”