Post-game Quote Sheet - RSL 1 : 1 CHV






Overall thoughts on the match:

“If we could play the game between the teams, we won that one didn’t we? Unfortunately, you have to count the number of times it ends up in the back of the net.  I think that quality was lacking just a bit for us.  There were a couple of opportunities where I thought we could have done better, and maybe we should have done better. And obviously we made a mistake in front of our goal, but we win together and lose together.  It would be easy to stand here and say ‘I can’t believe Nick Rimando would make that kind of mistake,’ but the converse of that is ‘I can’t believe our midfielders and forwards didn’t put more goals in.’”

On the result:

“I’m not disappointed with the results; I thought we did everything necessary to get a win.  I’m very pleased with the guys’ effort, energy, mentality – everything they did to the best of their abilities, and I can’t ask for anything more.”

On the return of Captain Kyle Beckerman:

“He was good. He was in the right spots, maybe a little bit rusty.  He lost a few more balls than he typically would, one or two, and that’s more than he usually does. I’m very pleased that he made it through 60 minutes with no problems, and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

On Ned Grabavoy’s go-ahead volley in the 67th minute:

“It was fantastic.  It was one of those strikes that gets me to jump off the bench.”

On Chivas USA’s equalizer from Jesus Padilla:

“The ball was struck hard at Nick [Rimando], and I think he said he blocked it down in between his own legs and into the back of the net.  That doesn’t happen often, and I’m sure that now that it’s out of his system, it won’t happen again this year.”




On the Chivas USA goal:

“I’ve got to do better on that. I know these balls move. He hit it right at me and I thought I had it and the next thing you know the ball goes right through my legs and into the net. It’s one of those funny bounces and I’ve got to put my hand up for sure and take care of that”

On the match:

“We wanted three [points], especially the way we were playing. We had so many chances and we just couldn’t find the back of the net until Ned makes a spectacular goal that puts us ahead, and then I let that goal in and let the team down.”

On looking ahead to next weekend and D.C. United:

“We pick each other up, we don’t need to panic at all. A point’s a point, and we’re still moving up so next week we’ll look to get three points against D.C.”



On his return to play after a two-month absence:

“I felt good. Our goal was to get to about 60 minutes, so in that respect it was positive for me, outside of us not winning. Nobody really knew how long it was going to take [to return to the field], so we felt like we made the right decision in not getting the surgery. The foot felt pretty solid after the match, and I think my fitness will come back; it’s tough to be out for two months and then try to go 90 minutes.”



Overall thoughts on the match:

“We came here with the attitude to win the game because we need to add points to stay close to all the teams in the Conference. We will take the point; it’s a good result considering the way things happened in the game. The effort and the load of nine games in 28 days, I think it was a good result and we will take it.”

On Chivas’ ability to change formations on the fly:

“We just apply the fundamentals and principles of playing in whatever formation we play. We try to defend with pressure, cover and balance. Whenever we are attacking, we try to give a lot of mobility and support. Today we changed on the fly to a 5-4-1 because [Real Salt Lake] was pressuring us.”

On newcomer Giancarlo Maldonado’s performance:

“I think he did well. It’s not easy to come to [Rio Tinto Stadium] against the Champions. It’s a big field and it’s a high altitude. I think, at times, he was dangerous, and he was good with the ball. I think he needs a little more time to adjust, and with a couple of more games I think it will help. But I am happy with his performance.”



Overall thoughts on his performance:

“I felt good. I think the team had a very good game. It was a very complicated team we were playing and it was a rival. But I think that the team gave everything they had during the 90 minutes and, at the end, we got out with a point and that is very useful for us.”

On his transition with the team:

“I’m adapting little by little. I am gaining confidence and I think that the minutes that I am getting will help me improve.”



On the match:

“We came here and we didn’t want to give anything away early and we wanted to be organized and make it difficult for them to get easy chances on goal. In the first half the pitch was really slippery, really wet; I think you could see that in the possession that we tried to have, but the ball kept slipping out of bounds on us. We came out in the second half and wanted to be a little better on the ball and the guys worked really hard. The saves I had to make were saves you can make as a ‘keeper because your defense is putting opposing players in tough situations.

“I was happy with the team’s performance. We got a point and we said we were going to get out of here with at least a point, so we accomplished our goal.”

On his discussion with the defense after RSL’s lone goal:

“It’s been a long month for us and we have had a lot of games. We were in the 60th minute and we just gave up a goal to put us down 1-0 and we needed a little boost. If that’s vocally, I was just trying to get the guys going as much as I could. Once we scored that goal we just wanted to make sure we didn’t give another goal away.”