MATCH PREVIEW: Following a 2-1 loss at home to San Antonio FC in their 2022 USL Championship regular-season home opener on March 19, LA Galaxy II (0-2-0, 0 points) play host to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (1-1-0, 3 points) at Dignity Health Sports Park on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The match against Rio Grande Valley will feature a live stream on ESPN+.
In the loss to San Antonio on March 19, Carlos Harvey tallied his first goal of the season, while Daniel Aguirre tallied an assist for the second consecutive match. Notably, Aguirre was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 2 after tallying an assist and a game-high 10 chances created. Notably, Aguirre ranks tied for first in the USL Championship in assists (2), while his 14 chances created leads the league.
During the 2021 USL Championship regular season, LA Galaxy II (11-15-6, 39 points) finished in sixth place in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, missing out on qualifying for the playoffs by three points. As a team, Los Dos finished tied for sixth in the league in goals scored (55). Judd finished the season as the club’s leader in goals scored (17) in 32 games played, finishing sixth in the league in that category. Josh Drack led the team and ranked tied for fifth in the league in assists (9).
LA Galaxy II Head Coach Yoann Damet begins his first season managing the club, after being announced on Jan. 28, 2022. Damet most recently served as an assistant coach for the U-20 United States National Team that participated in the Revelations Cup in November of 2021.
Eighteen players have contracts with LA Galaxy II. Five of those players are products of the LA Galaxy Academy: Alex Alcala, Taylor Davila, Adrian Gonzalez, Eric López and Victor Valdez.
Eight new additions have been signed to LA Galaxy II ahead of the 2022 campaign: goalkeeper Eric López, defenders Dante Campbell, Liam Doyle and Chandler Vaughn, midfielders Hamza Barry, Callum Johnson and Duhaney Williams and forward Michael Salazar. Johnson and Vaughn were originally drafted by the LA Galaxy in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. Doyle (San Antonio FC) and Salazar (Memphis 901 FC) join from the USL Championship, while Campbell joins Galaxy II from Toronto FC II. Williams was signed as a free agent on March 11 and played for Loyola Marymount University.
In 10 matches played all-time between LA and Rio Grande Valley, Los Dos hold a record an unbeaten record of 5-0-5. The last time GII played the Toros, Cameron Dunbar tallied a goal in a 5-1 win on March 8, 2020. In 236 games played in the USL Championship dating back to their inaugural campaign in 2014, LA Galaxy II hold a record of 90-94-52. The 2022 USL Championship campaign marks LA Galaxy II’s ninth and final season in the USL Championship before moving to MLS NEXT Pro in 2023.