LOS ANGELES (Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021) – In Week 26 of the 2021 USL Championship campaign, LA Galaxy II earned a 5-0 shutout win over El Paso Locomotive FC at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday night. Preston Judd registered a brace, while Cameron Dunbar and Jorge Hernández each tallied a goal and an assist in the victory against El Paso. Additionally, Josh Drack tallied two assists, while goalkeeper Justin vom Steeg notched four saves and his eighth shutout of the campaign.
LA Galaxy II Run Of Form
With three games remaining in their 2021 USL Championship regular-season campaign, LA Galaxy II (11-12-6, 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. In their last seven games played dating back to Sept. 18, Los Dos have posted a record of 5-1-1, outscoring their opponents 11-4 and posting five shutouts during that span.
LA – Carlos Harvey (JorgeHernández), 7th minute: After his initial delivery of a free kick from the right was blocked away, Hernández regained possession and chipped a cross to the back post where Carlos Harvey rose highest to head back into the right corner of the net.
LA – Preston Judd (Josh Drack), 17th minute: Josh Drack found Judd just inside the El Paso half in the left channel, allowing the forward to turn into space and drive forward centrally before placing a shot from almost 30 yards out just inside the bottom-left corner of the net.
LA – Preston Judd, 30th minute: After Hernandez forced the El Paso goalkeeper into a save, Drack followed up as he crashed in from the left, only for his shot to get partially blocked, but the ball bounced kindly for Judd to finish from inside the six-yard area.
LA – Jorge Hernández (Cameron Dunbar), 69th minute: Hernández cut in from the right wing, firing his shot from the right edge of the 18-yard box into the far corner of the net.
LA – Cameron Dunbar (Josh Drack), 90+3rd minute: Dunbar cut into the right side of the penalty area and sent a low shot to the far post past the outstretched arms of El Paso goalkeeper Logan Ketterer.
- Following the match, LA Galaxy II (11-12-6, 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).
- In their last seven games played dating back to Sept. 18, Los Dos have posted a record of 5-1-1, outscoring their opponents 11-4 and posting five shutouts during that span.
- Sunday’s contest marked the first and only meeting between LA and El Paso during the 2021 campaign.
- Preston Judd tallied two goals in the win over El Paso, bringing his season total to 15 goals.
- The brace marked Judd’s second consecutive match with a goal scored.
- Josh Drack registered two assists against Locomotive FC, bringing his season total to nine assists. Drack ranks tied for fourth in the league in assists.
- Cameron Dunbar tallied a goal and an assist in his 13th appearance (9starts) for LA Galaxy II in 2021.
- Jorge Hernández tallied a goal and an assist in his 29th appearance (27 starts) for Los Dos this season. Hernández has tallied 12 goals and six assists for LA this year.
- Justin vom Steeg registered four saves and his eighth shutout of the season in the win over El Paso.
- Jalen Neal completed 70 of his 74 passes to finish the match with a 94.6% pass accuracy. Additionally, Neal finished the match with a game-high 10 possessions gained.
Next up, LA Galaxy II travel to face the Charlotte Battery at Patriots Point Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The Oct. 20 match kicks off at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific) and features a webstream on ESPN+.
LA Galaxy II (11-12-6, 39pts) vs. El Paso Locomotive FC (16-3-10, 58pts)*
Oct. 17, 2021 – Dignity Health Sports Park (Los Angeles)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
LA Galaxy II 3 2 5
El Paso Locomotive FC 0 0 0
LA: Harvey (Hernández), 7
LA: Judd (Drack), 17
LA: Judd, 30
LA: Hernández (Dunbar), 69
LA: Dunbar (Drack), 90+3
LA: Vazquez (caution), 5
ELP: Fox (caution), 22
ELP: Carrijo (caution), 40
ELP: Aguinaga (caution), 49
ELP: Solignac (caution), 58
LA: Ferkranus (caution), 75
LA: GK Justin vom Steeg; D Owen Lambe, D Jalen Neal, D Jesus Vazquez © (Markus Ferkranus, 68), D Josh Drack; M Cameron Dunbar, M Carlos Harvey (Adrian Gonzalez, 73), M Taylor Davila (Ascel Essengue, 80), M Daniel Aguirre; F Jorge Hernández (Juan Calderon, 73), F Preston Judd (Rémi Cabral, 67)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eric Lopez; M Jonathan Perez
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Cameron Dunbar, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Jorge Hernández, 3); FOULS: 7 (Carlos Harvey, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 4
ELP: GK Logan Ketterer; D Eder Borelli, D Andrew Fox ©, D Matt Bahner, D Ricardo Zacarias (Brooklyn Raines, 85); M Cole Turner, M Jose Aguinaga (Louis Herrera, 70), M Dylan Mares (Nick Ross, 70), M Diego Luna (Diego Garcia, 80), F Luis Solignac (Aaron Gomez, 70), F Leandro Carrijo
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ben Beaury; D Jaime Villagomez
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Three players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Leandro Carrijo, 2); FOULS: 12 (Jose Aguinaga, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2
Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistant Referees: Jose Vega, Fernando Fierro
Fourth Official: Karen Callado
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees