CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II returned to winning ways on Saturday with their 3-1 victory over the Orange County Blues and on Tuesday, two players were honored by being named to the USL PRO Team of the Week.
Forward Chandler Hoffman earned his second Team of the Week nod while defender Daniel Steres earned his third nod. Hoffman scored his third goal in the victory, which is tops in USL PRO while Steres helped the team shut down the Blues defensively. Meanwhile, Jack McBean and Rafael Garcia were honorable mentions on the USL PRO list.
Galaxy II return to action with two away games this weekend with matches against Arizona United on April 25 and Orange County Blues FC at Anteater Stadium at UC Irvine on April 27.
Great work from stellar photographer Aaron Jaffe on the photos which you can view below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II suffered their very first loss of the club's existence on Sunday night with a 3-0 defeat to Sacramento Republic FC.
The defeat saw LA concede two goals in the first half from Mickey Daly and Max Alvarez before Dakota Collins added a third during the second half. With the loss, Los Dos fell to a 2-1-1 record in their first four matches of the season.
"It was an odd night," admitted LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo. "Every week is a different challenge. This week we had three players with the Academy and other guys getting their first appearances. We try to bring it together each week and it's always a different challenge. I didn't like how we came out in the first half, and even though we were down 2-0, I thought we came out well in the second half, we had a lot of possession. If you score then you get a game, but we gave up a poorly timed goal to make it 3-0. Overall, it was a difficult night and one that we have to look at thoroughly and just go back to the drawing board."
Where Galaxy II looked especially lackluster was in the attack as LA managed just three shots which were all taken in the last 20 minutes of the game. LA's misfiring offense wasn't the only low point as Los Dos lost a pair of players to injury with center back Bradley Diallo coming off with a cramp while left back Logan Emory suffered a sprained ankle.
Although the defeat was a difficult one to swallow for the Galaxy II boss, Onalfo admitted that it was a learning experience for his group.
"Listen, when we drew this thing up, we said if we won every game then we were doing something wrong," said Onalfo. "It's just a matter of finding consistency which for us is a difficult challenge because we have a roster of moving parts. Individually, we need guys to have better performances so we have to all look at ourselves and self reflect so we can learn from these experiences and move on."
Galaxy II will look to move on next Saturday when they host Orange County Blues in their final match of their five-game homestand at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
LA Galaxy loan Robbie Rogers, Kyle Venter, Chandler Hoffman and Brian Rowe to LA Galaxy II for Sacramento Republic match
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy announced on Friday that they had loaned four players to LA Galaxy II ahead of their match against Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday.
Robbie Rogers, Kyle Venter, Chandler Hoffman and Brian Rowe will all be available for the Sacramento match. Rogers is the most interesting case as the former MLS All-Star has been steadily working his way from a preseason "stress reaction" injury. With the midfielder already in full training, one can expect that he'll see plenty of minutes against Sacramento Republic.
According to the release, the Galaxy first team now have 10 players at the USL PRO affiliate including the four loaned on Friday as well as Bradford Jaimeson IV, Raul Mendiola, Oscar Sorto, Raul Garcia, Jack McBean, and Charlie Rugg.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy II were created to serve a proving ground young players like French midfielder Andre Auras.
The 22-year-old French defensive midfielder made his Galaxy II debut on Monday with a solid 74 minute shift in Los Dos’ 4-2 victory over Oklahoma City Energy FC. Auras, who last played for French second division club Stade Brestois 29, was confident in the center of the park and provided dangerous service as he helped LA earn their second win of the USL PRO season.
“His set pieces were very good and he’s a great passer of the ball,” said Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo. “He’s got a lot of quality.”
As the Galaxy II continue their inaugural campaign, plenty is expected of the young French midfielder.
“I think that he gave us as an idea of what he’s able to do. He’s got an amazing passing quality in the run of play and on set pieces,” said Galaxy II player-coach Laurent Courtois. “He’s going to be very helpful and I think that he can reach another level of athleticism but once he reaches it, he’s going to be a big help for us.”
LA Galaxy II defender Oscar Sorto has been named to the USL PRO’s Team of the Week after a 90 minute shift in LA’s 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC last week.
In addition to Sorto, forward Chandler Hoffman and midfielder Raul Mendiola were named as honorable mentions. Mendiola provided the assist to Hoffman who scored the game-tying goal last week.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy II played to a 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, but while there was no stream due to technical issues, highlights of the match are below.
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CARSON, Calif. – Following LA Galaxy II’s 1-1 draw with Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo spoke to LA Galaxy Insider about the match.
Onalfo’s thoughts on the draw are below.
ONALFO: “We knew going in that they were going to disrupt our rhythm and they did. Every time that we moved forward, there was a foul and they had a great defensive shape which made it really hard on us. In games like that you have to play a bit quicker and play a few negative and square passes to take advantage, but we played too direct. It was a choppy and sloppy game where we lacked sharpness. It was a game where you need to roll up your sleeves and fight, and credit to our guys, that’s what we did. We got a goal and equalized. It wasn’t a great performance, but one that you learn from in a league like this.”
(On whether he expects more physical game plans from opponents like the one Sacramento played on Saturday…)
ONALFO: “I would think so, it’s all part of it. We have to solve how to deal with these situations better. When I tell the guys to make the game fast, it doesn’t mean to make it hectic, it means that we need to play quickly and make quicker decisions. Those are all easy season things to work through, so it could have been worse. We could have lost the game, but we found a way to get a point and we need to use that as a springboard to learn from and move forward as a group.”
(On the play of Chandler Hoffman…)
ONALFO: “Chandler is a great player. He’s a goal scorer and that’s exactly what he did tonight.”
(On Raul Mendiola’s role in setting up Hoffman’s goal…)
ONALFO: “Raul is a dangerous player. He makes things happen. I’m really pleased with what he’s doing.”
(On Sacramento Republic playing their inaugural match…)
ONALFO: “They’re well-coached. I have a lot of respect for Preki who obviously knows how to do things. They tried to play good soccer and defended very, very well. They competed hard tonight and they’re a good team.”
LA Galaxy II boss Curt Onalfo ready to face Preki's Sacramento Republic in a battle of former MLS coaches
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic FC may be new clubs, but head coaches Curt Onalfo and Preki are quite familiar with one another.
The two former MLS managers have faced one another seven times while Onalfo led the Kansas City Wizards and then D.C. United while Preki served as the head coach at Chivas USA before moving to lead Toronto FC. During that span from 2007 to 2010, the pair split their meetings with both men holding a 3-3-1 record in matches against one another.
As MLS bosses the coaching styles could not have been different with Onalfo serving as the attack-minded counterweight to the blunt defensive style of Preki’s teams.
“His teams always play good soccer, they’re always well-organized and they reflect his deep competitive spirit,” Onalfo told LA Galaxy Insider. “The teams are always a reflection of the coach and I’m sure that you can see those qualities in Sacramento.”
To aid in his effort to lead Sacramento through their own inaugural year, Preki enlisted a number of former MLS players including former Chivas USA stalwart Justin Braun as well as several players from the Portland Timbers including goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and Homegrown prodigy Bryan Gallego.
While the Preki-led Sacramento Republic will present a major challenge for Los Dos, the Galaxy II players are confident that they can overcome and earn the team’s second-ever victory.
“They’re going to be a good team. A lot better than what we've seen so far,” said forward Charlie Rugg. “They like to foul in the middle of the field and they’re going to be more physical, but with the way we play, if we move the ball quickly then we can’t really get fouled and they can’t harm us.”
Add three more LA Galaxy first team players to the contigent at LA Galaxy II.
On Friday, the club announced that they had loaned forward Chandler Hoffman, center back Tommy Meyer and goalkeeper Brian Rowe to the USL Pro affiliate ahead of their match on Saturday against Sacramento Republic FC. Hoffman, Meyer and Rowe were each key components of the Galaxy's 2013 MLS Reserve League side that won the West Division which was coached by current Los Dos boss Curt Onalfo.
The three players join nine other first team players (Jack McBean, Raul Mendiola, Rafael Garcia, Charlie Rugg, Kofi Opare, Kyle Venter, Kenney Walker, Bradford Jamieson IV, and Oscar Sorto) currently with the team. Galaxy II is coming off a thrilling 3-1 victory over the Orange County Blues in their inaugural USL PRO match.