HOUSTON (Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023) – Playing in their 13th road match of the 2023 campaign, LA Galaxy II earned a 4-0 shutout win on the road over Houston Dynamo 2 at SaberCats Stadium on Sunday night. Aaron Bibout recorded a brace and Jonathan Pérez tallied a goal and an assist, while goalkeeper Simon Jillson made six saves in the victory against Houston. **
LA Galaxy Academy**
Seven LA Galaxy Academy Products started in the match against Houston: Carson Klein, Marcus Ferkranus, Ascel Essengue, Riley Dalgado, Adam Saldaña, Adrián González and Jonathan Pérez. Five LA Galaxy Academy products appeared off the bench in win over Dynamo 2: Juan Calderón, Allan Legaspi, Julian Placias, Ruben Ramos Jr. and Nico Schelotto. Notably, Placias recorded his first professional goal in his third appearance of the 2023 campaign for Galaxy II.
LA – Aaron Bibout (Gino Vivi), 20th minute: Running down the left flank, Gino Vivi delivered a low cross into the penalty area that found Aaron Bibout and the Cameroonian’s poked shot found the far corner of the goal.
LA – Jonathan Pérez (Gino Vivi), 53rd minute: Cutting in on his left foot, Jonathan Pérez’s low shot from 20-yards away from goal beat the Houston goalkeeper at the near post.
LA – Aaron Bibout (Adrián González), 69rd minute: Adrián González’s long ball over the top of the Houston defense found Aaron Bibout. The forward controlled the ball inside the penalty area, before cutting onto his right foot and ripping his low shot past the Houston goalkeeper.
LA – Julian Placias (Jonathan Pérez), 90+3rd minute: Jonathan Pérez intercepted a pass at midfield and dribbled down the right side of the penalty area. Pérez’s clipped pass towards the top of the six-yard box found Julian Placias, who calmly finished into the back of the net to score his first professional goal.
- LA Galaxy II extended their unbeaten run to two matches played (1-0-1; 4 GF, 0 GA) dating back to Aug. 19 following the win over Houston.
- LA recorded its fourth shutout of the 2023 campaign with the victory against Dynamo 2.
- In 13 matches played on the road this season, LA Galaxy II holds a 2-9-2 record.
- Twelve total LA Galaxy Academy products appeared in the match against Houston.
- Seven LA Galaxy Academy Products started in the match against Houston: Carson Klein, Marcus Ferkranus, Ascel Essengue, Riley Dalgado, Adam Saldaña, Adrián González and Jonathan Pérez.
- Five LA Galaxy Academy products appeared off the bench in win over Dynamo 2: Juan Calderón, Allan Legaspi, Julian Placias, Ruben Ramos Jr. and Nico Schelotto.
- Aaron Bibout scored two goals, his third multi-goal performance of the season, in the road win over Houston.
- Bibout’s 12 goals ranks tied for fifth in MLS NEXT Pro during the 2023 campaign.
- Jonathan Pérez recorded one goal and one assist, a team-high three chances created and won three fouls in the match against Dynamo 2.
- Gino Vivi recorded his first two assists in his seventh start of the season for Los Dos.
- Adrián González tallied his team-leading sixth assist of the season, completed 46 of 49 passes (93.9%), recorded two interceptions and won possession four times.
- LA Galaxy Academy forward Julian Placias notched his first career goal as a second-half substitute in the victory against Houston Dynamo 2.
- LA Galaxy II Simon Jillson posted his third shutout of the season, logging six saves in the win against Dynamo 2.
*Next up, LA Galaxy II play host to Sporting KC II 2 at Dignity Health Sports Park’s Track & Field Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Sept. 3 match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
2023 MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
LA Galaxy II (5-13-6, 25pts) at Houston Dynamo 2 (10-10-4, 37 points)
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023 – SaberCats Stadium (Houston)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
LA Galaxy II 1 3 4
Houston Dynamo 2 0 0 0
LA: Bibout (Vivi), 20
LA: Pérez (Vivi), 53
LA: Bibout (González), 69
LA: Placias (Pérez), 90+3
HOU: Murana (caution), 17
LA: Dalgado (caution), 41
HOU: D. Gonzalez (caution), 72
LA: GK Simon Jillson; D Carson Klein, D Marcus Ferkranus, D Ascel Essengue, D Riley Dalgado (Allan Legaspi, 73); M Adam Saldaña ©, M Adrián González (Nico Schelotto, 89), M Axel Picazo (Juan Calderón, 71), M Gino Vivi (Ruben Ramos Jr., 71), M Jonathan Pérez, F Aaron Bibout (Julian Placias, 89)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Aaron Cervantes; D Emiliano Garcia
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Aaron Bibout, Axel Picazo, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Aaron Bibout, 2); FOULS: 6 (Aaron Bibout, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 6
HOU: GK Xavier Valdez; D Chase Gasper (Isaiah LeFlore, 56), D Teenage Hadebe (Tate Lampman, 45), D Talen Maples ©, D Mujeeb Murana, M Diego Gonzalez (Yair Gonzalez, 78), M Sebastian Rodriguez, M Jacob Evans, M Brooklyn Raines (Charles Auguste, 45); F Thorleifur Ulfarsson (Isaiah Reid, 56), F Papa Ndoye
Substitutes Not Used: GK Andrew Pannenberg; D Omar Grey, M Paolo Rios, F Ezekiel Soto
TOTAL SHOTS: 20; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 8; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 4
Referee: Servando Berna
Assistant Referees: Melissa Beck, Rebecca Luther
Fourth Official: Jordan Gray
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 93 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial