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.)
Gyasi Zardes put the LA Galaxy through to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup with two goals in their 2-1 victory over Arizona United SC.
With the victory, they will now play against at Carolina RailHawks at 4:00 p.m. PT on June 24 at the WakeMed Stadium Field 2.
Highlights of the victory are below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II saw their three-game winning streak fall by the wayside as Rochester Rhinos defeated Los Dos 2-1 on Wednesday evening at StubHub Center.
Jonny Mendoza and Alex Dixon scored first half goals for Rochester off defensive errors by Galaxy II before Rafael Garcia tallied the lone strike for Los Dos late in the second half.
"It’s one of those games where we played a very good team: very organized and didn’t really give much defensively, and they found guys to get around the ball and went forward," Rafael Garcia told LAGalaxy.com. "Long story short, we gave up two goals and battled the whole second half. It didn’t go our way but the effort was outstanding. But at the end of the day, we have to be sharper in front of them."
Galaxy II return to action when they face off against Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. PT. The match against the Battery will be the beginning of a three game road swing for Los Dos.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II offers playing opportunities to players across the team's player pyramid including international newcomers like French defensive midfielder Andre Auras.
In 10 appearances for Galaxy II, the French midfielder has been one of head coach Curt Onalfo's top performers with his refined passing ability that has resulted in three assists on the season. On Sunday during the Galaxy II's 5-1 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions, Auras was influential yet again as he helped break up plays while also helping spark several counterattacks for Los Dos as they ran roughshod over their USL PRO counterparts.
Following Sunday's victory, Onalfo offered a high compliment of Auras' play which may have given an indication of where the Frenchman's career could end up if he continues his solid play.
"He is a very, very good player. It was a little bit of a long week because he trained on the day we often have the training with the first team," said Onalfo. "I think he was sharp in the beginning of the game, but he got sharper as the game went on. His passing is good and his positioning continues to get better. He is a guy that I think can play in the MLS."
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II demolished the Dayton Dutch Lions 5-1 on Sunday thanks to a pair of two goal performances from Jack McBean and Bradford Jamieson IV.
Los Dos tallied all five goals in the first half as Jamieson IV opened the scoring before two goals by McBean and one by Charlie Rugg. Jamieson then ended the scoring for the Galaxy II in the 45th minute off a beautiful individual effort.
Dayton scored a consolation goal in the 74th minute as Aaron Schoenfeld capitalized on a defensive miscommunication to break the shutout.
USL PRO announced on Tuesday that LA Galaxy II forward Chandler Hoffman and midfielder Bradford Jamieson IV had been named to USL PRO's Team of the Week for week 10.
Both Hoffman and Jamieson tallied a brace in Los Dos' impressive 5-0 victory over Oklahoma City Energy FC on Sunday. The goals give Hoffman seven on the season, which places him in second place on the USL PRO scoring charts. Meanwhile, Jamieson's tallies were his first of his professional career.
In my latest story for LAGalaxy.com, I speak to Jamieson and Los Dos head coach Curt Onalfo about the player's stellar development as of late.
The complete team is below.
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CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II midfielder Rafael Garcia was named to the USL PRO's Team of the Week after scoring in Los Dos' 3-0 victory over the Orange County Blues on Sunday.
Garcia scored a stellar free kick goal against the Blues on Monday as LA Galaxy II went 1-0-1 during their two matches last weekend. In addition to Garcia, fellow Galaxy II players Travis Bowen and Alejandro Covarrubias were named as honorable mentions.
Los Dos' return to action on May 5 when they take on the Charlotte Eagles at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium at 7:30 PM.
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.