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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
Central California Cup match between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes drawing publicity in Fresno
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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