CARSON, Calif. –LA Galaxy II saw their three-game unbeaten run in USL PRO snapped as they fell 3-0 to Sacramento Republic at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium on Sunday evening.
Mickey Daly, Max Alvarez and Dakota Collins all scored for Sacramento who dropped the Galaxy II’s record to 2-1-1. Despite the defeat, Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers made his first appearance of 2014 as he went 40 minutes in the defeat.
Sacramento pulled ahead in the 32nd minute as an Alvarez corner kick bounced in the box and fell for Daly who launched an overhead chip with his back to goal that sailed over Los Dos ‘keeper Brian Rowe and into the back of the net. The visitors nearly doubled their lead less than 10 minutes later when Alvarez launched a rocket shot that sailed just over Rowe’s goal.
Alvarez would not be denied in the 45th minute when the Sacramento midfielder capitalized on a Galaxy II turnover that resulted in a breakaway that he easily fired past Rowe for the club’s second goal of the evening.
With his team trailing by two, Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo made a succession of attacking substitutions, inserting Charlie Rugg, Alejandro Covarrubias and Rogers in the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza. The moves enabled Los Dos to get some offensive possession, but the USL PRO side would fail to register a shot on frame until the 70th minute.
Although the Galaxy tried to find their way back in the match, Sacramento added a third goal in the 74th minute after a failed clearance by Rafael Garcia in the penalty area fell perfectly for Collins who slotted his shot from close range past Rowe for the final goal of the evening. LA nearly got on the board in the 85th minute, but Kenney Walker’s rifling free kick was saved by Sacramento goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek.
Galaxy II will look to return to winning ways next Saturday as they take on the Orange County Blues (1-2-0) at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium. Los Dos defeated the Blues 3-1 in their inaugural match on March 22.
LA GALAXY II 0–3 SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
SAC: 33’: Mickey Daly (Assisted by Thomas Stewart)
SAC: 45’: Max Alvarez (Unassisted)
SAC: 75’: Dakota Collins (Unassisted)
LA Galaxy II: Brian Rowe; Rafael Garcia©, Daniel Steres, Bradley Diallo (Kyle Venter 68’), Logan Emory (Eder Arreola 44’); Kenney Walker, Andre Auras (Alejandro Covarrubias 55’), Raul Mendiola, Aleksandar Đoković (Robbie Rogers 51’); Laurent Courtois (Charlie Rugg 46’), Chandler Hoffman
Substitutions not used: Cody Laurendi, Travis Bowen
Head Coach: Curt Onalfo
Sacramento Republic FC: Dominik Jakubek; Cristian Gonzalez, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Jack Avesyan; Gilberto Dos Santos Souza Jr (Rodrigo Lopez, 46’); Ivan Mirković (Carlos Martinez 85’), Octavio Guzman (Emrah Klimenta 68’), Max Alvarez (Chad Bartlomé 76’); Thomas Stewart, Justin Braun© (Dakota Collins 45’)
Substitutions not used: Jake Gleeson, Bryan Gallego
Head Coach: Predrag Radosavljevic
SAC: Ivan Mirković (caution) 14’
LA: Andre Auras (caution) 19’
LA: Laurent Courtois (caution) 38’
SAC: Max Alvarez (caution) 41’