Typically a victory for Seattle Sounders FC is hardly met with applause let alone smiles from LA Galaxy circles, but Seattle's U.S. Open Cup triumph on Tuesday may end up benefiting the Galaxy at the end of the season.
By defeating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup final, Seattle not only won the Lamar Hunt Open Cup Trophy, but they also clinched one of U.S. Soccer's four Champions League spots. Under MLS and U.S. Soccer's request, those berths were changed by CONCACAF last December to be awarded to the following:
1) MLS Cup winner
2) Supporters' Shield winner
3) Winner of the conference regular season winner opposite the Supporters Shield holder
4) U.S. Open Cup winner.
Also according to CONCACAF, if an MLS team is in possession of two of the honors or if a Canadian team wins any of the above three, then the CCL berth will fall to the team with the next best regular season record.
Just how does all this benefit the Galaxy?
If the Galaxy are unable to catch Seattle Sounders FC in the Supporters' Shield chase -- they currently trail Seattle by three points -- but finish in second at the end of the season, then the CCL berth that Seattle won for finishing with the league's best regular season record will fall to the Galaxy.
Happy to have the (possible) safety net in case the Galaxy don't win the Supporters' Shield? Or do you think that LA should just go out and try to win the Shield -- and MLS Cup for that matter -- anyway?
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will play their first-ever playoff game on Saturday when they face the Rochester Rhinos at 7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center.
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Remember that attendance and parking are free for the match.
Bradford Jamieson IV started as the U.S. Under-20's earned a 1-1 draw against Argentina on Tuesday in the final match of their South American excursion.
Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the Americans in the 61st minute to help the U.S. end their international trip with a 2-0-1 record. The trip was a highly successful one for Jamieson who appeared in all three matches and scored twice in the team's 3-2 victory over the Defensa y Justicia Reserves last week.
The 17-year-old Galaxy Homegrown Player will now return to Southern California where he's expected to be available for selection for Saturday's USLPRO playoff match against the Rochester Rhinos at StubHub Center.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Bradford Jamieson IV made his U.S. U-20 debut by going 45 minutes in the team's 2-0 victory over the reserve squad of Argentine side Racing Club on Friday.
The U.S. made quick work of the Argentines as Zach Piffer and Romain Gall scored in the first half to seal the victory. With the Americans up two goals, Jamieson came into the match at the start of the second half in favor of former Galaxy Academy player Paul Arriola.
Tab Ramos' squad will next take on Defensa y Justicia Reserves on Sept. 6 before ending their Argentine excursion by facing the nation's U-20 side three days later.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II will host their first round playoff match in Carson after their 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake reserves on Wednesday.
Charlie Rugg notched the lone goal for Los Dos as they clinched home field advantage in their first playoff match. With their victory, Galaxy II have totaled 47 points in their inaugural campaign and would host the fifth seeded Charleston Battery if the season ended today.
Although Los Dos could potentially catch up to third seeded Richmond Kickers by defeating the Kickers on Monday, head coach Curt Onalfo is pleased about the team's progress in their first season.
"We have so many objectives with this and we have a revolving roster with everything that happens in this roster, which makes it real challenge, but making the playoffs and getting a home game is a great accomplishment," said Onalfo. "I hope that we get some good support when we play inside the stadium on Sept. 13. It's just a matter of getting better in each game before that and positioning ourselves for a three game [playoff] push for a championship."
With the postseason looming, LA Galaxy II bolstered their roster by signing U.S. youth international forward Kainoa Bailey and French defender Jason Bli.
Bailey, 19, joins Los Dos on a free transfer from German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen where the Nevada native signed his first professional contract last year. Meanwhile, Bli arrives on a free transfer from L'Entene Sannois Saint-Gratien in the French fourth division. The 20-year-old defender spent time on trial with los Dos earlier this year, playing in matches against the Fresno Fuego and the Galaxy first team.
“The addition of Kainoa Bailey to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack,” said LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo in a club statement. “Kainoa is a young, talented player who is very fast in the attack and we are excited to strengthen our roster by bringing him to LA.
“Jason is another great addition to our roster, and we are excited to see him join the team,” added Onalfo. “Bli is a skillful player and we are sure he will add great depth to our backline.”
In addition to the two signings, the Galaxy USL PRO affiliate released outside back Eder Arreola. The former UCLA Bruins star made 11 appearances for Galaxy II in his lone season with the club.
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LA Galaxy II are heading to the postseason for the first time in club history.
The Galaxy USL PRO affiliate clinched a playoff berth on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over OKC Energy FC. Center back Daniel Steres notched a header in the first half to seal the win for Los Dos over the Sporting Kansas City affiliate.
With the win, Galaxy II now have 43 points in their inaugural campaign which will assure Los Dos of a postseason berth in their inaugural season.
CARSON, Calif. – Todd Dunivant returned to the LA Galaxy game day roster on Saturday after a lengthy injury spell and now the veteran left back is continue his recovery by appearing in a match for LA Galaxy II.
In an interview with LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan, Dunivant states that he’s expecting to suit up for Los Dos on Saturday when they take on Arizona United SC at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. If Dunivant does play, it’ll be his first action since he suffered an abdominal tear during LA’s April 6 match with Chivas USA.
Following Galaxy II’s training session on Monday, Los Dos head coach Curt Onalfo stated that all signs point to Dunivant suiting up against Arizona.
“We just have to see how the week progresses, but he could certainly be a guy that we could give minutes to as he continues to progress from injury,” said Onalfo. “As long as he’s healthy then he’s going to get minutes.”
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II announced the signing of Jaime Villarreal on Thursday, making the forward the team’s first signing for the LA Galaxy Academy.
Villarreal, the younger brother of Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal, has been one of the Academy’s rising stars for the better part of two years with over 30 goals for the Under-16 and Under-18 set-ups. The 19-year-old has already made several appearances for Los Dos since the start of the season after tallying 10 goals for LA’s Southwest Division-winning U-18 side.
“Jaime’s signing highlights the commitment of AEG and the Galaxy to having the best developmental structure for our youth players to become professionals,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein in a release. “From our Galaxy Under-12 Academy teams to our Galaxy Academy Under-18 squads, it is important for us to continue to develop Southern California’s top young talent. We’re proud to have Jaime join the professional ranks with LA Galaxy II as the first player to come through our Academy to our Galaxy II side.”
The younger Villarreal has also enjoyed success in major tournaments for the Galaxy Academy tallying three goals in their participation in Dallas Cup earlier this year while also earning a call-up to the U.S. National Team Under-20 set-up in May.
Galaxy II return to action on Saturday when they take on Orange County Blues at Anteater Stadium in Irvine at 7:00 p.m.PT.
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy II attacker Bradford Jamieson IV was among 20 players named by U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos for the upcoming NTC Invitational tournament at StubHub Center from July 14-18.
Jamieson has been a tar with Galaxy II scoring five goals which has him harboring dreams of a first team debut before the end of the season. The announcement is the second big reveal this week for the forward turned wide player who was named to the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Player Game roster that will precede the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on August 4.
The U.S. U-20’s begin the tournament on July 14 against Chile at 4:00 p.m. PT on the StubHub Center’s Mooch Myernck field before taking on Bermuda two days later at 4:00 p.m. PT at the same location and concluding the tournament with a 7:00 p.m. PT match against Australia on the StubHub Center stadium field on July 18.
The complete roster is below.
Goalkeepers: Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Dowlington, Pa.)
Defenders (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Railhawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.)
Midfielders (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana, Chula Vista, Calif.) Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
Forwards (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)