LOS ANGELES (Sunday, May 21, 2023) – Playing their ninth match of the 2023 campaign, LA Galaxy II earned a 2-0 shutout win at home over Timbers2 at Dignity Health Sports Park’s Track & Field Stadium on Sunday night. LA Galaxy Academy forward Ruben Ramos Jr. scored a goal, the game-winner, for the second consecutive match, while Alex Alcalá tallied his first professional goal in the victory against Timbers2.
LA Galaxy Academy
Seven players with ties to the LA Galaxy Academy started in the match against Timbers2: Carson Klein, Riley Dalgado, Adrián González, Adam Saldaña, Brandon Téllez, Alex Alcalá and Ruben Ramos Jr. Additionally, two players with ties to the LA Galaxy Academy appeared as substitutes against Portland: Juan Calderón and Nicolas Schelotto. The average age of the LA Galaxy II starting lineup in the match against T2 was 18.7.
LA – Ruben Ramos Jr. (Adrián González), 11th minute: Adrián González’s curling free-kick service into the six-yard box found a jumping Ruben Ramos Jr., who headed the ball down into the far corner of the goal.
LA – Alex Alcalá (Aaron Bibout), 20th minute: Aaron Bibout forced a turnover just outside the 18-yard box. Bibout quickly played the ball to Alex Alcalá, who feinted past his marker and drilled his shot into the far right corner of the goal.
- Sixteen-year-old LA Galaxy Academy forward Ruben Ramos Jr. recorded a goal in his second consecutive appearance in the match against Timbers2.
- Seventeen-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder Alex Alcalá registered his first professional goal in the match against Timbers2.
- Aaron Bibout tallied his second assist of the season in the win over Portland.
- Bibout hit the crossbar in the 83rd minute of the match against Timbers2.
- Adrián González notched an assist, his second of the 2023 campaign, in his second consecutive appearance in the win over T2.
- Adam Saldaña finished the match with 99 completed passes (97.1% pass accuracy), four possessions won, six duels won and two interceptions.
- Seven players with ties to the LA Galaxy Academy started in the match against Timbers2: Carson Klein, Riley Dalgado, Adrián González, Adam Saldaña, Brandon Téllez, Alex Alcalá and Ruben Ramos Jr.
- Additionally, two players with ties to the LA Galaxy Academy appeared as substitutes against Portland: Juan Calderón and Nicolas Schelotto.
- LA Galaxy Academy defender Riley Dalgado made his third consecutive start in the match against Portland.
- The average age of the LA Galaxy II starting lineup was 18.7 compared to Timbers2’s 21.9.
- The win over Timbers2 marked LA Galaxy II’s first win of the season at home during the 2023 campaign.
- In five matches played at home, LA Galaxy II hold a 1-3-1 record (4 GF, 9 GA).
- The victory against T2 marked the first shutout of the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season for Los Dos, with goalkeeper Simon Jillson recording three saves and his first clean sheet as a professional.
- Timbers2 hit the woodwork four times in the match against GII.
Next up, LA Galaxy II (2-6-1, 8 points) travel to face MNUFC2 (3-2-3, 13 points) at the National Sports Center on Wednesday, May 24. The May 24 match kicks off at 5:00 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on MLSNEXTPro.com
2023 MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
LA Galaxy II (2-6-1, 8pts) vs. Timbers2 (2-6-0, 6 points)
Sunday, May 21, 2023 – Dignity Health Sports Park’s Track & Field Stadium (Los Angeles)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
LA Galaxy II 2 0 2
Timbers2 0 0 0
LA: Ramos Jr. (González), 11
LA: Alcalá (Bibout), 20
LA: Klein (caution), 51
LA: GK Simon Jillson; D Adrián González, D Carson Klein, D Ascel Essengue, D Riley Dalgado (Elijah Amadin, 87); M Brandon Téllez (Nicolas Schelotto, 75), M Adam Saldaña ©, M Alex Alcalá; F Sergio Villalpando (Axel Picazo, 65), F Ruben Ramos Jr. (Juan Calderón, 75), F Aaron Bibout
Substitutes Not Used: GK Aaron Cervantes; D Owen Bizzaro, D Matteo Carbone, D Luis Medina, D Javier Zapien
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Alex Alcalá, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 Alex Alcalá, 2); FOULS: 9 (Aaron Bibout, Riley Dalgado, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3
POR: GK Ryan Bilichuk; D Sean McDowd (Diego Elizalde, 88), D Julian Bravo, D Keesean Ferdinand, D Jaden Jones-Riley; M Dawson McCartney (Joshua Penn, 61), M Michael Vang, M Justin Rasmussen (Blake Pope, 7), M Victor Griffith, M Florian Monzon (Selmir Miscic, 61); F Diego Gutierrez (Tega Ikoba, 77)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Carver Miller; D Cole Aman, D Michael Dunne; M Alexis Moreno
TOTAL SHOTS: 21; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3
Referee: Alex Beehler
Assistant Referees: Salma Perez, Darren Bandy
Fourth Official: Reyna Fonseca
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 68 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial