thumbnail Hello,’s Andrea Canales sat down with the Galaxy’s Chris Klein for an exclusive interview.

The Los Angeles Galaxy seem to be putting things together nicely heading into the final part of the season. The team is in a tight fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference and could climb to within three points of cross-town rivals Chivas USA with a win on Saturday.

Ahead of the SuperClasico,’s Andrea Canales sat down with the Galaxy’s Chris Klein for an exclusive interview.

Canales: Last year, the SuperClasico trophy was the only competitive prize the Galaxy won.

Klein: That's terrible.

Canales: Well, the year before, you didn't even win that. Talk about what that trophy means to the team.

Klein: Inside of our team and where we're at this season, it would be a big game whether we're playing Chivas USA or whoever, just because we've won two in a row and we're starting to get a bit of momentum. It's at that point in the season where we need to keep that going. Then you add in the rivalry and sharing the stadium and passing each other in the hallway and it becomes a bigger game - more heated. It has the added element of being able to walk around and look at them and say, the Home Depot Center is really our stadium.

Canales: I know everyone wants to win every game, but do outside factors play in role in making players want to win some more than others?

Klein: Every game is not the same. It's strange to have a road game in your own stadium. They've played well, but we're used to playing in front of big crowds. It's nice to have a road game in your own stadium, actually, so for us, that's definitely a positive that other teams don't have.

Canales: You mentioned the two wins in a row, those happened without David Beckham or Landon Donovan - do you ever feel teams are extra-charged to play against you when you have those stars?

Klein: Maybe a little bit. I think you have to give us some credit, too. We've played well with the guys we have - saying that, we're definitely a better team with Landon and David in the lineup. Does that cause teams to pay more attention to us? I would hope not, because in this league, everyone is pretty equal, so the difference between winning and losing is pretty marginal. I think teams are more focused for us whether we have David or Landon or not. Maybe it is a little bit more hyped up when those guys are around, but I think we've done a good job in stretches without them, but we're definitely a better team with both of them in the lineup.

Canales: With the possibility of Beckham leaving as soon as the season ends, will it be hard to focus on success in such a short period?

Klein: He's always had many distractions and he's always dealt well with it. I don't think the length of the contract will affect him, he was on a short loan to AC Milan and he played very well. We're expecting that when he comes back.

Canales: Do you approach the second half of the season any differently?

Klein: We really wanted to concentrate on the first part of the season and have a decent start. You can't be giving up points, or you can play yourself out of the postseason. While we've done that this year a little bit, it hasn't been as much as in the past. We feel, for us, that we're adding a great player who is going to help our team - it's as simple as that.

Canales: Do you feel you've adjusted to the circus that seems to take place when Beckham is with the team?

Klein: We've got a much more mature team now. Guys can handle the extra added attention. To be honest, David brings a lot of that on himself and deals with it the most. We have to stay focused on what we have to do on the field. I think with having that over the past few years, we'll be able to do that.

Canales: To what extent are you reintroducing David to a team that has changed a lot while he's been gone?

Klein: That's true, we've just signed Alecko and Chris Birchall, and there's been a lot of other roster changes. But David is comfortable here, in the locker room and in our training room. I think that makes it a lot easier.

Canales: How much of a monkey wrench to David's return has the release of Grant's Wahl’s book, The Beckham Experiment, thrown into things?

Klein: The timing is to sell books. I don't believe it's going to be as big a distraction as people think. Like I said, we've got a lot of mature guys and we can't wait for him to get back and it’s as simple as that in our minds.

Canales: Guys talk about how the locker room atmosphere has improved this season.

Klein: It's great. Bruce saw what was lacking in the past and it was a priority for him to change things. With some of the guys that we've brought in, we have a much better locker room than we've had in the past and it shows in the way we connect to each other on the field.

Canales: Your role has changed, as you've come off the bench in recent games; is that tough?

Klein: It is difficult. I do still think of myself as a starter in this league. But he's the coach. I put my focus on improving and I train hard to get back in the lineup. I'm willing to do whatever role I'm asked to do.

Canales: How do you think the perception of MLS has changed since Beckham's arrival to the league?

Klein: I think it became a little skewed, because when he decided to come to us, I think people then thought that we were this mature league on par with some of the more established around the world. That's not the case. We're still a growing as a league. I think the emphasis has to still be on how we've improved as a league and how we've gotten better. This league will continue to grow and it'll be here long after Beckham or I or any of these other guys. I think that's what the focus should be, that we're a growing league and we're going to continue to do this right. At some point in the future, we'll be talking about this league as one of the best in the world, I'm sure.

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