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28 March 12:19 pm

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.”

28 March 10:42 am

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

 

21 March 4:26 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will play their first match on Saturday against the Orange County Blues at StubHub Center's Track and Field Stadium, and one day before the historic event, the team received their first official players.

The Galaxy announced on Friday that they had loaned first team players Rafael Garcia, Bradford Jamieson IV, Jack McBean, Raul Mendiola, Charlie Rugg, and Oscar Sorto for the duration of the season. In addition, the club also announced that LA has sent first teamers Kofi Opare, Kyle Venter and Kenney Walker for Galaxy II's first match. All nine players will be available for the match against the Orange County Blues.  

It can be expected that more signings for Galaxy II will be announced prior to their match against Orange County. 

Tickets for the match against the Blues are on sale and are available for $10 dollars. 

23 February 12:51 am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy defeated LA Galaxy II 3-0 in the first-annual “White vs. Blue” game on Saturday evening.

Below are a few notes from the match.

The Galaxy should have the services of starting goalkeeper Jaime Penedo ahead of the final two weeks of preseason. Penedo, who appeared in LA’s first four matches this preseason, has not appeared for LA since their closed-door scrimmage with Pumas UNAM on Feb. 11 in Mexico.  Following the victory over Galaxy II, Arena gave Penedo the all-clear to train in the next couple of weeks.

“He’s going to be fine over the next couple of weeks. He’s ready to go,” said Arena.

LA should also have the services of Stefan Ishizaki who was reduced to a substitute’s role against Galaxy II. The Swede was left off the roster entirely in Wednesday’s victory over UCLA.

“He is doing well,” Arena said. “We have to push him as he is behind fitness wise, but we are going to get him going.”

Arena also mentioned to a yet-to-be finalized match remaining on the preseason docket. According to reports, LA will face Minnesota United at some point next week. 

17 February 5:05 pm

FRESNO, Calif. – LA Galaxy II won their inaugural game on Thursday with a 2-1 victory over the Fresno Fuego.

Although goal scorers Travis Bowen and Raul Mendiola are known quantities to Galaxy fans, many of the players were a mystery.

Below is a break down on the players who suited up for LA Galaxy II:

Starting Lineup:

Goalkeeper Cody Laurendi:  Trained with the Galaxy first team at the start of the season and spent the last two seasons with NASL club Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

Right back Oscar Sorto: LA Galaxy Homegrown Player.

Center back Daniel Steres: Former San Diego State Aztecs defender who was drafted by Chivas USA in 2012. After being released by Chivas, he signed with Seattle Sounders FC for the duration of the season before spending last season with USL PRO club Wilmington Hammerheads.

Center back Bradley Diallo: A Olympique de Marseille youth product, the 23-year-old spent two years with English League One side Oldham Athletic before joining Royal White Star Bruxelles in the Belgian second division.

Left back Jason Bli: A 21-year-old French defender spent the last season with Paris FC. Bli made 11 appearances for the third division French club.

Right midfielder Aleksandar Djokovic: A 22-year-old former Serbrian youth international spent 2013 with Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon in the Israeli first division.

Central midfielder Kenney Walker: LA Galaxy first team player. Walker spent much of last season on loan to the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL.

Central midfielder Dragan Stojkov: A 25-year-old former Macedonian youth international who spent the last four seasons with FK Jagodina of Serbia’s first division. Stojkov made 53 appearances for Jagodina over that span.

Left midfielder Raul Mendiola: LA Galaxy Academy graduate who is reportedly about to be signed by the Galaxy as their latest Homegrown Player.

Forward Travis Bowen:  Older brother of former Galaxy Homegrown forward Tristan Bowen. The 24-year-old spent last season with USL PRO side Phoenix Wolves FC before splitting time with Ventura County Fusion and the Portland Timbers U-23s.

Forward Jack McBean: LA Galaxy Homegrown Player.

Substitutions:

Forward Jaime Villarreal: Galaxy Academy U-18 and younger brother of LA Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal.  The 18-year-old has scored five goals for the LA U-18’s this year.

Forward Adonis Amaya: Galaxy Academy U-18 who committed to UC Santa Barbara for the upcoming Fall semester. The 17-year-old has scored 14 goals for the Galaxy U-18’s this year.

Center back Lee Nishanian: A four-year starter for Cal-State San Bernardino and two time selection to the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first team.

Center back Logan Emory: Spent last season playing for Toronto FC before being waved and joining NASL club San Antonio Scorpions. Emory made 24 league appearances for TFC across two seasons.

Right back Eder Arreola: Spent the last year with Mexican Liga de Ascenso side Delfines del Carmen.  Drafted by the Houston Dynamo after starring for UCLA during four years, Arreola helped United States Adult Soccer Association club Cal FC reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup in 2012.

Midfielder Laurent Courtois: Split 2013 between Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy. Courtois will serve as player-coach for LA Galaxy II in 2014.

Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias: The midfielder will be a senior this season at Cal-State Dominquez Hills. Covarrubias played 18 games for the Toros in 2013 scoring six goals and five assists.

Midfielder Abraham Campos: The 24-year-old midfielder spent the past three seasons with the Fresno Fuego. Campos also had a brief stint with Club Inter of the Mexican third division.

Forward Aaron Lombardi: Galaxy Academy U-18 who has made 13 appearances this season scoring three goals.

Midfielder Eljiah Martin: Galaxy Academy U-18 who has played in 12 games for the youth side so far this season. The Fresno native has tallied one goal this season.

Goalkeeper Nick Shackelford: A 23-year-old goalkeeper from St. Louis University. Shackelford made starts in all four years with the Billikens. 

12 February 4:35 pm

The LA Galaxy may have just returned from Mexico City, but the focus is already turning to Saturday’s clash with the San Jose Earthquakes in the first-ever Central California Cup.

On Wednesday, myself and the rest of the LAGalaxy.com headed up the state ahead of Thursday’s match between LA Galaxy II and the Fresno Fuego, which will serve as the inaugural match for the USL PRO side. Just two days later, the Galaxy first team will make the same trek to face the Earthquakes.

Tickets for the Central California Cup are already going quickly with more than 8,000 tickets sold for the match at the 12,500-seat Chukchansi Park according to KFSN-Fresno

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03 February 5:48 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will play their first ever match on Feb. 13 against the Fresno Fuego at Chukchansi Park at 7:00pm. 

The USL PRO team which was announced last week will play the match in tandem with the first team's "Central California Cup" tilt on Feb. 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes. LA Galaxy II will suit up again a week later against the first team in the "Blue and White Game" on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center

Tickets can be purchased at ticketreturn.com or at the Chukchansi Park Box Office.

31 January 2:15 pm

The formation and implications of LA Galaxy’s USL PRO side LA Galaxy II have been at the forefront of the conversation among American soccer circles over the past week.

Whether it was LA Technical Director Jovan Kirovski’s assertion that the project will be duplicated league wide or head coach and general manager Bruce Arena stating that the team will have a chance to close  “black hole” that has existed in American player development.

On Friday, new LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo joined the conversation with an interview by NASN’s Jason Davis to discuss the project.

During the interview, Onalfo revealed that Galaxy II players will be training as early as Tuesday while also stating that the team will be loaning as many as seven Galaxy first team players to the USL PRO side. Onalfo also mentioned that he opted to for the position with Galaxy II rather than take the head coaching gig with Chivas USA. 

Listen to his interview which starts at the 30 minute mark below.

30 January 5:58 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy made MLS history on Wednesday by becoming the first team to operate a lower division club with the foundation of USL PRO side LA Galaxy II, and head coach Bruce Arena fully expects the rest of the league to follow in the club’s footsteps.

On Thursday, USL PRO unveiled the Galaxy II’s schedule for the upcoming 2014 season which will begin with their March 22 match against the Los Angeles Blues. Following LA’s training session, Arena stated that the creation of LA Galaxy II was a necessary step in the development of the American soccer player.

“We’ve lacked the next step for academy players or our players that are just outside of our first team. We’ve had a bit of a black hole in our development. This makes everything more natural,” said Arena on Thursday. “A young player can go from the U-18 to the USL team to the first team for those players that need those steps. That’s a majority of players so it’ll be a benefit for us.”

Arena also cleared up a few logistical questions noting that teams will train separately and that he will have “a lot of freedom” as they loan LA first team players back and forth between Galaxy and Galaxy II.

For all the confidence, Arena admits that the experience won’t be an easy one, but one that the club expects to pay dividends in the future.

“It’s definitely the future,” said Arena. “We’re going to be guinea pigs in the first year, it’s not going to be easy but it’ll be good going forward.”

 

30 January 11:25 am

On Wednesday, the LA Galaxy II became a reality and a day later, the USL PRO's newest club received its first ever regular season schedule.

Galaxy II will be open the season on March 22 against the Los Angeles Blues at StubHub Center -- the same day as LA's first team match with Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium --  before taking on Sacramento Republic a week later. LA Galaxy II's first road game will take place on April 25 with the team traveling to Arizona to take on Phoenix FC Wolves. 

The Blues match will not be the only time that the dates of a USL PRO match will coincide with Galaxy first team games a total of 12 games. In two instances, Galaxy II will play directly following first team matches: May 25 vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC and June 8 against Dayton Dutch Lions.

Check out the complete schedule below...

LA Galaxy 2014 USL Regular Season Schedule

DATE

TIME (PT)

OPPONENT

LOCATION

3/22/2014

7:30 PM

Los Angeles Blues

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

3/29/2014

7:30 PM

Sacramento Republic FC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

 

4/07/2014

7:30 PM

OKC Energy FC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

4/13/2014

3:00 PM

Sacramento Republic FC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

4/19/2014

7:30 PM

Los Angeles Blues

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

4/25/2014

7:10PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

Peoria Sports Complex

4/27/2014

4:00PM

Los Angeles Blues

TBD

 

5/05/2014

7:30 PM

Charlotte Eagles

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

5/10/2014

TBD

Dayton Dutch Lions

TBD

5/17/2014

TBD

Sacramento Republic FC

TBD

5/25/2014

8:00 PM

OKC Energy FC

StubHub Center - Main Stadium

 

6/01/2014

TBD

Sea Sounders FC Reserves

Starfire Sports Complex

6/08/2014

8:00 PM

Dayton Dutch Lions

StubHub Center - Main Stadium

6/11/2014

7:30 PM

Rochester Rhinos

StubHub Center - Main Stadium

6/14/2014

TBD

Charleston Battery

Blackbaud Stadium

6/21/2014

7:10PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

Peoria Sports Complex

6/28/2014

4:30PM

Orlando City SC

ESPN Wide World of Sports

 

7/05/2014

7:30 PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

7/13/2014

3:00 PM

Real Salt Lake Reserves

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

7/19/2014

5:00PM

OKC Energy FC

Pribil Stadium

7/26/2014

7:00PM

Los Angeles Blues

TBD

7/30/2014

4:00 PM

Harrisburg City Islanders

Skyline Sports Complex

 

8/02/2014

4:00PM

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Highmark Stadium

8/09/2014

7:30 PM

Phoenix FC Wolves

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

8/16/2014

5:00PM

OKC Energy FC

Pribil Stadium

8/24/2014

12:00 PM

WilmingtonHammerheadsFC

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

 

9/01/2014

7:30 PM

Richmond Kickers

StubHub Center - Track Stadium

 9/06/2014

TBD

Sacramento Republic FC

TBD