Alvarez: "It’s not my goal; it’s the whole team’s goal"

Carlos Alvarez, Chelis, Dan Kennedy, and Carlos Borja spoke about the first SuperClasico result

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FORWARD CARLOS ALVAREZ

Thoughts on his first MLS goal: It’s not my goal; it’s the whole team’s goal. We were all fighting for this game and we kept on fighting for each ball. The team deserves this. I saw [Carlos] Borja playing a one-two with [Eric] Avila and then Borja crossed the ball. I saw [Juan] Agudelo running to the first post; my job is to run to the back post.  I was there and pushed it in.”

Thoughts on the game: “I feel proud of my team because we all fought hard on the field and thankfully, I was the fortunate one to have scored. But, again, it’s the whole team’s goal. The atmosphere is something big here and I’m grateful I was part of this. At the end of the day I’m here for my team, to enjoy every moment, to enjoy the colors that I’m wearing and just fight for the colors.”

On Chelis’ message at half-time: “Chelis told us to fight each play like it’s our last and that’s all we did. We had that in our head, to fight as a group and no one is going to beat us. That’s how we think about it. That’s his philosophy and all the guys are tuned into it.”

 

HEAD COACH – JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ SOLA “CHELIS”

Thoughts on the game: “On the field, we won a point, but off the field we won a hundred points in respect. At this point, when we talk about respect, we are a team that deserves to be champion. Our rival is one of the best in the league; they have my admiration and respect for what they do. As for my players, as usual, they kept on fighting, made a great effort, and I would like for everybody to respect that effort. I would like for this institution to be respected as well, that is the way it should be. This institution deserves respect.”

Thoughts on the result: “Believe me, I don’t care about the point we got today. I never care about winning a championship, nonetheless care about this point. What I care for is my players and how they honor this profession as soccer players. I care about those human beings that as of now I can say that after they retired as professional players, they will be great individuals. This is a group of very honest young men that want to do well in what they do [play soccer] and they do it stupendously.”

On Carlos Alvarez’s goal: “Alvarez was a great college soccer player but the MLS’ level is different and he’s adjusting to it. He keeps on making the effort day in and day out, but please, let’s talk about Alvarez, the human being, the young guy with big charisma, the guy who today, making his debut in the league, scored his first goal and nonetheless against the Galaxy. Alvarez, the individual who grew up loving this institution, in this city, and as I said, he scored in front of his family, friends, and followers. We, as an institution, should feel fortunate to have him.”

On Galaxy’s Head Coach: “I would like to take my hat off [for Mr. Arena]. He’s a coach that has seen many, many more games than me and has coached many, many more games than me. If he said that we [Chivas USA] committed many fouls, he has his reasons. What I can say is that my team does not play with bad intentions; I really believe this is just part of the game and my players are trying to recuperate and win every ball throughout the game. However, unintentionally, this effort can result in a foul. Nevertheless, I respect Mr. Arena's opinion.”

 

GOALKEEPER AND CAPTAIN DAN KENNEDY

Thoughts on the match: “A lot of people probably thought that game was over once Galaxy scored. I was really proud of us last week when we came back from a goal down to score three and get a victory. This week I have that same exact feeling. We had everything against us, we were playing with ten men against the two-time defending champs, and we showed that we could still get on the board and make this match competitive.”

On the equalizer: “We went down a goal, and to me, when you have ten men on the field and you’re down a goal, with a minute left, who cares if you give up another goal. We were able to throw a few numbers forward, and it panned out great for us.”

 

DEFENDER CARLOS BORJA

On the equalizing play: “Just a developing play. Avila plays a great pass to me into space, I just turned, first-time pass to a cutting Alvarez who made a spectacular run. All he had to do was tap it in. Beautiful! His debut, his first MLS goal, what better day to do it than in the SuperClásico.”

On the significance of his assist: “It means the world to me. I love this club, I love this organization. And to play against our rival and to do something big to help out the team and the organization, and more than anything, my teammates, it means the world to me.”