LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola named to USL PRO Team of the Week

Mendiola earns honors after late game-winning goal against Oklahoma City Energy FC

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) – LA Galaxy II midfielder Raul Mendiola was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for Week 18 of the 2014 USL PRO season for his performance in a 1-0 victory Saturday on the road over Oklahoma Energy FC.

Mendiola scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute against OKC Energy FC to give LA Galaxy II a victory, snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Oklahoma City. After receiving the ball from Dragan Stojkov at the top of the 18, Mendiola cut inside and fired a shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Additionally, goalkeeper Cody Laurendi and midfielder Rafael Garcia were named honorable mentions on the USL PRO Team of the Week for their performance against Energy FC.

After improving to 10-5-4, good enough for 34 points in USL PRO play, head coach Curt Onalfo’s side will now travel to Anteater Stadium at UC Irvine to face Orange County Blues FC Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT.

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USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos

Player

Team

Highlights

GK

Quillan Roberts

Wilmington

Back-to-back shutouts keyed Hammerheads’ four-point weekend

D

Tyler Turner

Orlando

Strong down the right side against Sacramento

D

Michael Daly

Sacramento

Standout performance as Republic FC earned point vs. Orlando

D

Coady Andrews

Harrisburg

Limited Hammerheads’ looks on goal in scoreless draw

M

Raul Mendiola

LA Galaxy II

Excellent finish lifted Galaxy II past Oklahoma City

M

Michael Thomas

Oklahoma City

Converted from penalty spot to earn Energy FC point with Arizona

M

Joseph Ngwenya

Pittsburgh

Had both assists as Riverhounds defeated Charlotte

M

Matt Kassel

Arizona

Strong pair of performances helped United earn four points

F

Jason Yeisley

Richmond

Goal and assist helped Kickers knock off Battery

F

Long Tan

Arizona

Two goals in two games to open account for new club

F

David Estrada

Charlotte

Immediate impact as Eagles rallied for important win in Dayton

Honorable Mention – Arizona: Paolo DelPiccolo, London Woodberry; Charleston: Jarad van Schaik; Charlotte: Alec Kann, Jorge Herrera; Dayton: Matt Walker, Guilherme Felix; Harrisburg: Antoine Hoppenot; LA Galaxy II: Cody Laurendi, Rafael Garcia; Oklahoma City: Javier Castro, Mark Howard; Orange County: Stephen Okai: Orlando City: Adama Mbengue, Rob Valentino; Pittsburgh: Anthony Arena, Kevin Kerr; Richmond Kickers: Conor Shanosky, George Davis IV; Rochester: Donnie Smith; Sacramento: Jake Gleeson, Emrah Klimenta; Wilmington: Jordan Hamilton, Steven Miller.

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 Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville, St. Louis 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.