Hit the jump for a full transcript of Bruce Arena’s comments:
On the start to the game: It was a good start. We played well. I think the first half, going in with a one-goal advantage wasn’t right. We conceded that goal and put them back in the game. Give their player credit, No. 21 (Michael Barrios) for not quitting on the play, but we could have done better there. Second half, I thought they started the half pretty strong. Getting the third goal was important for us and the fourth goal was there for us and we didn’t take it. It still kept them a little bit alive. And obviously the last five minutes or so was hectic. But a good start to the game. Two good teams. I think it was an exciting game. A game where both teams created chances and I think it’s a fair result.
On Steven Gerrard’s goal: It was a good goal. He and Juninho played another good game together. I thought it was good, I think the goal will be good for Stevie’s confidence and overall he played well.
On if this game had extra importance considering Dallas has more games to play than the Galaxy: Who knows with everything in this league right now. There’s one team in this league with 50 points right now and that’s us. We have 50 in the bank right now and somebody else has to get that. That’s most important. We’ll get our team ready for the game next week.
On the speed of Dallas: The 11 (Fabian Castillo) and 21 (Barrios) were dangerous all night. At times we did a good job, but those are two really good players, they’re difficult to neutralize. At times we did a pretty good job and other times they had the advantage. It was a good matchup and a good game.
On the recent scoring drought and what they did differently: We scored. There’s been nothing wrong with us. I know you guys just look at the scoreline and leave it at that. It’s all a bunch of crap. Our team is going to score goals.