LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola and forward Charlie Rugg named to USL PRO Team of the Week

LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola and forward Charlie Rugg named to USL PRO Team of the Wee

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, July 8, 2014) – LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola and forward Charlie Rugg were named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for Week 16 of the 2014 USL PRO season.

Mendiola and Rugg earned selection for strong attacking performances against Arizona United SC in the team’s 4-2 victory at StubHub Center’s Field 3 in USL PRO Week 16 action.

Rugg bagged a pair of goals in Los Dos’ 4-2 win against Arizona United, while Mendiola provided the assist on Los Dos’ opening two goals against Arizona.

Galaxy II needed just 16 minutes to take the lead as Mendiola found Bradford Jamieson IV who buried his attempt at the edge of the box. Two minutes later, Mendiola’s service resulted in another goal, this time for Rugg who finished from close range.

Los Dos added their fourth in the closing minutes of the half when an Arizona turnover in midfield allowed Jack McBean to find Rugg for his second of the afternoon. 

Additionally, Galaxy Homegrown Players Jamieson and McBean were named as honorable mentions after their strong performance in Friday’s action.

LA Galaxy II returns to action on July 19 when they travel to the nation’s heartland to take on Oklahoma City Energy FC at 5:00 p.m. PT to start a four game road swing. Los Dos return home on August 9 when they face Arizona United at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.

LA Galaxy II Season Ticket Memberships begin at just $6 per game. For more information on LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II memberships, or group and single tickets, visit www.lagalaxy.com or call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299).

USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos

Player

Team

Highlights

GK

Joe Willis

Richmond

Posted four-save shutout as Kickers drew with RSL Reserves

D

Andrew Marshall

Pittsburgh

Scored game-winner in Riverhounds’ victory against Rhinos

D

Matt Bahner

Harrisburg

Strong defensively, took goal well in win against Charleston

D

Alfonso Motagalvan

Pittsburgh

Adapted well to new position, added goal, in win against Rhinos

M

Jose Barril

Harrisburg

Beautiful goal on free kick highlighted strong play vs. Charleston

M

Luke Vercollone

Richmond

Commanded the center of midfield against RSL Reserves

M

Raul Mendiola

LA Galaxy II

Pair of assists on Los Dos’ opening two goals against Arizona

M

Jimmy McLaughlin

Harrisburg

Goal and assist as City Islanders took victory against Battery

F

Mike Green

Pittsburgh

Two goals led Riverhounds to comeback win against Dayton

F

Aaron Schoenfeld

Dayton

Four goals in two games, including hat trick in win vs. Eagles

F

Charlie Rugg

LA Galaxy II

First-half brace keyed Los Dos’ victory against Arizona

Honorable Mention – Arizona: Jonathan Okafor; Charleston: Shawn Ferguson; Charlotte: Jonathan Leathers, Drew Yates; Dayton: Joel DeLass, Sebastian Thuriere; Harrisburg: Morgan Langley, Richie Marquez; LA Galaxy II: Bradford Jamieson IV, Jack McBean; Pittsburgh: Danny Earls, Anthony Obodai; Richmond: Henry Kalungi, George Davis IV; Rochester: Alex Dixon. 

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.