2nd leg – MLS West Conference finals – Seattle Sounders – LA Galaxy (0-1)
Landon Donovan shares his thoughts:
“I think we learned a lot last year with the Salt Lake series. “We went there with a 1-0 lead, and I think we were a little too tentative and a little too defensive, and we didn’t have many chances. We didn’t create many chances.
“Our mentality is to go with the same attitude that we had the first two times we went there this year. We were very successful in playing that way, and there’s no need to change that now.”
“I think they realize that if they come out and put too many numbers forward, we’re a very dangerous team going the other way. “They will, I’m sure, be coached on that. Sigi [Schmid, Sounders head coach] knows very well that we can counter, are probably the best counterattacking team in the league. So they could come out with a lot of energy and press us, they could be a little more conservative and take the approach that it’s going to take 90 minutes to get the goals they need. We’ll see.”
“I think we’re going to play the same way as we have done for most of the season. We’re going to try to win the game. But at the same time we have to be clever, have to defend well but still have to approach the game in the manner that we have been all season.”
“We know what it takes to get [to the MLS Cup final], you know? We’ve been there before. We know how difficult a place [Seattle] is to go and win a game; we’ve done that before. We know what’s at stake, but it’s important that we go and try to win the game.
“We can’t be sitting back and defending for 90 minutes because we know they’ll get their opportunities. We have to try to get opportunities ourselves and try to get a goal.”