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.
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.
- 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 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+.
LA Galaxy II (11-13-6, 39pts) vs. Charleston Battery (10-12-7, 37pts)*
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
CHS: Oquendo (Zarokostas), 2
LA: Aguirre (Judd), 71
CHS: Piggott (Adesodun), 72
CHS: Lewis (Bunting), 89
CHS: Gdula (caution), 52
LA: Drack (caution), 55
CHS: Harmon (caution), 88
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