LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan suggests the side’s one goal deficit in their Western Conference semi-final with San Jose Earthquakes could allow the team to progress to the next week of the playoffs.
The reigning MLS champions were beaten by an injury-time Victor Bernardez goal at The Home Depot Center on Sunday night and although a 1-0 disadvantage is not ideal, Donovan feels it could motivate he and his teammates to get the required result at the Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday.
“The reality didn't change for us,” said Donovan.
“We still had to go to San Jose and win the game, if it's 0-0 or we're down, 1-0. Now if we win the game, all it gets us is extra time. If we win the game by a few goals, it can get us advancement.
“Nothing changes. Would we like to be 0-0? Sure. But maybe this will help us.
“Maybe being down a goal will create some urgency, and we’ve got to really go attack and try to get it.”
Donovan added that the experience of some of the Galaxy players, including himself, David Beckham and Robbie Keane, could help attribute to a winning performance although he is mindful of the way the side will go about their business.
“It takes a lot of experience to know how to play in a game like this,” Donovan added. “And we're fortunate that we have a lot of experience.
“You don't throw everything at them early. You be smart about how you try to score a goal, and the reality is a goal takes a couple of seconds to score, so if it comes in the first minute or 30th or 60th or 93rd, it doesn't really matter.”