LOS ANGELES (Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021) – In Week 27 of the 2021 USL Championship campaign, LA Galaxy II fell 3-1 on the road to the Charleston Battery at Patriot Point Complex on Wednesday night. 

LA Galaxy II Playoff Push 

With two games remaining in their 2021 USL Championship regular-season campaign, LA Galaxy II (11-13-6, 39 points) remain in fourth place in the Pacific Division, four points behind third-place Orange County SC (12-10-7, 43 points) and five points ahead of fifth-place Oakland Roots SC (9-13-7, 34 points). The top four teams from each division in the regular season will advance into a regionalized single-elimination bracket for the playoffs. Notably, the loss to the Battery snapped Los Dos’ four-game unbeaten run on the road dating back to Sept. 18. 

Goal-Scoring Plays
CHS – Geobel Perez (Stavros Zarokostas), 2nd minute: Stavros Zarokostas retained a pass up the right flank as he navigated past a defender and then delivered a precise ball through the six-yard area for Geobel Perez to finish at the back post

LA – Daniel Aguirre (Preston Judd), 71st minute: Josh Drack’s low cross was controlled in the penalty area by Preston Judd. Faced by two players, the forward slipped a pass to his left as Daniel Aguirre arrived in the penalty area to shoot just past the Charleston keeper into the right side of the net.

CHS – Romario Piggott (Temi Adesodun), 72nd minute: The Battery regained the lead a minute later when Robbie Crawford played Temi Adesodun on an overlap on the left side where the winger delivered a first-time cross that picked out Romario Piggott in the center for a header to the right side of the net.

CHS – Zeiko Lewis (Joel Buntin), 89th minute: Zeiko Lewis’s shot from the right side of the box found the back of the net. 
Notes

  • Following the match, LA Galaxy II (11-13-6, 39 points) remain in fourth place in the Pacific Division, four points behind third-place Orange County SC (12-10-7, 43 points) and two points ahead of fifth-place Oakland Roots SC (9-13-7, 34 points).
  • The loss to Charlotte snapped Los Dos’ four-match unbeaten run on the road dating back to Sept. 18. 
  • In 15 games played on the road, LA holds a 7-7-1 record. 
  • Wednesday’s contest marked the first and only meeting between LA and Charleston during the 2021 campaign. 
  • Daniel Aguirre notched his second goal of the season. 
  • Preston Judd registered his second assist of the campaign. 
  • Jorge Hernández finished the match with a game-high seven chances created. 

Next Game

Next up, LA Galaxy II travel to face the Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 24. The Oct. 24 match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific) and features a webstream on ESPN+. 
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LA Galaxy II (11-13-6, 39pts) vs. Charleston Battery (10-12-7, 37pts)
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Oct. 20, 2021 – Patriot Point Complex (Charleston, S.C.)

Goals by Half               1         2         F
LA Galaxy II                0         1         1
Charleston Battery        1         2         3

Scoring Summary: 
CHS: Oquendo (Zarokostas), 2
LA: Aguirre (Judd), 71
CHS: Piggott (Adesodun), 72
CHS: Lewis (Bunting), 89
Misconduct Summary:
CHS: Gdula (caution), 52
LA: Drack (caution), 55
CHS: Harmon (caution), 88

Lineups
LA: GK Justin vom Steeg; D Owen Lambe, D Jalen Neal, D Jesus Vazquez © (Markus Ferkranus, 33), D Josh Drack; M Jonathan Perez (Juan Calderon, 89), M Carlos Harvey (Ascel Essengue, 90), M Taylor Davila (Rémi Cabral, 80), M Daniel Aguirre (Adrian Gonzalez, 90); F Jorge Hernández, F Preston Judd
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eric Lopez; F Cameron Dunbar

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Daniel Aguirre, Jonathan Perez, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Three players tied, 2); FOULS: 7 (Josh Drack, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 5

CHS: GK Joe Kuzminsky; D Jarad Schaik ©, D Leland Archer (Temiloluwa Adesodun, 45), D Patrick Hogan (Joel Bunting, 81), D Logan Gdula; M Dionysius Harmon (Claudio Repetto, 90), M Geobel Perez Oquendo (Romario Piggott, 62), M Robbie Crawford, M Angelo Kelly-Rosales; F Stavros Zarokostas, F Joshua Penn (Zeiko Lewis, 62)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Paul Lewis; F Nicque Daley

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Stavros Zarokosta, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Stavros Zarokosta, Zeiko Lewis, 2); FOULS: 11 (Stavros Zarokosta, Dionysius Harmon, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 3

Referee: Elton Garcia

Assistant Referees: Zach McWhorter, Colin Ashley

Fourth Official: Joe Suchoski
Weather: Cloudy, 67 degrees