LA Galaxy II midfielder Kenney Walker named USL PRO Player of the Week

Kenney Walker, Charlie Rugg and Daniel Steres named to USL PRO Team of the Week

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, March 25, 2014) – LA Galaxy II midfielder Kenney Walker was named USL PRO Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2014 USL PRO season after he scored a goal and recorded an assist as the LA Galaxy II defeated the Orange County Blues 3-1 in their inaugural match on Saturday night. Additionally, Galaxy II forward Charlie Rugg and defender Daniel Steres both joined Walker on the USL PRO Team of the Week for Week 1 of the 2014 season as both players found the back of the net in the Galaxy II’s inaugural victory.

Walker was a positive midfield influence for much of the Galaxy II’s inaugural contest, with his powerful effort that was parried by Patrick McLain leading to the first goal in club history, scored by Galaxy II forward Rugg. Walker was the beneficiary of a rebound just before the halftime break as he scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. He also added an assist early in the second half as his corner kick was flicked home by defender Steres to earn a 3-1 win against the Orange County Blues.

Steres, a 2013 All-League selection for Wilmington, was also solid defensively, while Rugg was active throughout up front as he finished the game with three shots.

The Galaxy II return to action next weekend when they host intra-state rival Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

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USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos

Player

Team

Highlights

GK

Odisnel Cooper

Charleston

Recorded five saves as Battery earned a point in opener

D

Daniel Steres

LA Galaxy II

Headed finish capped strong defensive performance

D

Luke Boden

Orlando

Dangerous down left, provided cross that led to equalizer

D

Fabrice Gautrat

Orange County

Solid debut performance in Blues’ opener

D

John Wilson

Charleston

Veteran was solid at back, got forward well when able

M

Kenney Walker

LA Galaxy II

Goal and assist led his side to win in inaugural contest

M

Austin da Luz

Orlando

Low finish earned Lions a point on the road in Charleston

M

Stephen Okai

Orange County

Outstanding free kick was highlight of Blues’ opener

M

Darwin Ceren

Orlando

Pulled strings effectively in attacking third, created chances

F

Mamadou Diouf

Charleston

Rifled home finish to put Battery on top against Orlando

F

Charlie Rugg

LA Galaxy II

Scored first goal in club history, sent Los Dos on way to win

Honorable Mention – Charleston: Omar Salgado, Shawn Ferguson; LA Galaxy II: Oscar Sorto, Rafael Garcia; Orange County: Allan Russell, Gabriel Gonzalez; Orlando: Kevin Molino, Aodhan Quinn.

USL PRO

USL PRO is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on and off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO features 14 teams, including 2014 expansion teams in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Teams have already been announced for 2015 in Colorado Springs and Tulsa, with more additions expected soon. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, USL PRO is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 USL PRO began a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that features individual team affiliations, inter-league play, and the opportunity for MLS clubs to field a second team in USL PRO. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.