CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, April 11, 2015) – LA Galaxy II (0-3-1) fell to Sacramento Republic FC on the road at Bonney Field Saturday night as a second-half goal from forward Ariel Lassiter wasn’t enough to overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit. Galaxy II return home next weekend for a match Sunday, April 19 against Austin Aztex at 5 p.m. PT at StubHub Center’s Track & Field Stadium.
Sacramento recorded three goals in the first half, as Rodrigo Lopez, Emrah Klimenta and David Estrada all scored and recorded assists to give Republic FC a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Galaxy II answered early in the second half on a goal from substitute Ariel Lassiter, who scored with his first touch of the match. Galaxy Homegrown Player Raul Mendiola found space on the right side before playing a ball to Lassiter inside the 18 as the forward calmly slotted it in the net. It was Mendiola’s third assist of the season.
Despite additional second-half pressure, Los Dos were unable to complete a comeback.
Los Dos are in action next when they return home to StubHub Center’s Track & Field Stadium for a match against Austin Aztex on Sunday, April 19 with kickoff set for 5 p.m. PT
A complete LA Galaxy II 2015 schedule can be found here. All LA Galaxy II matches will be streamed live on www.lagalaxy.com with home matches broadcast by Time Warner Cable lead announcer Joe Tutino along with Ralph Perez.
Season tickets to Galaxy II are $48 while single-game tickets can be purchased for $10 each. To purchase tickets, fans can visit www.lagalaxy.com/2 or call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299). Becoming a Los Dos 2015 Season Ticket Member offers fans additional benefits during the 2015 USL season, including 15% off for items at Team LA Store, special access to designated Galaxy II training sessions, an exclusive meet and greet with the 2015 team and coaching staff in addition to free tours of StubHub Center upon request.
LA Galaxy II 1, Sacramento Republic FC 3
Saturday, April 11 – 7:30 p.m. PT
USL Regular Season
Bonney Field – Sacramento, Calif.
SAC – Rodrigo Lopez (Assisted by Emrah Klimentah) 22’
SAC – Emrah Klimenta (Assisted by David Estrada) 26’
SAC – David Estrada (Assisted by Rodrigo Lopez) 45’
LA – Ariel Lassiter (Assisted by Raul Mendiola) 58’
LA – Jack McBean (caution) 19’
LA – Jaime Villarreal (caution) 37’
LA Galaxy II: Clement Diop; Joe Franco (Lee Nishanian), Daniel Steres ©, Dave Romney, Jason Bli (Oscar Sorto); Alejandro Covarrubias (Kainoa Bailey), Jaime Villarreal (Ryo Fujii), Elijah Martin, Raul Mendiola; Jack McBean, Bradford Jamieson IV (Ariel Lassiter).
Substitutions not used: Nicholas Shackelford.
· LA Galaxy II fell to Sacramento Republic FC 3-1 Saturday night on the road at Bonney Field.
· LA Galaxy II are now 0-3-1 (1 point) on the season.
· Forward Ariel Lassiter scored his first goal of the season for Galaxy II. The forward signed with the Galaxy ahead of the 2015 season.
· Raul Mendiola recorded his team-best third assist on the year on Lassiter’s second-half goal.
· Curt Onalfo made one change to the starting XI from last week against Arizona United SC, as Elijah Martin replaced Andre Auras in central midfield.
· Galaxy II were without the services of Andre Auras, Adonis Amaya and Travis Bowen, who were all held out due to injury.
· Defender Dave Romney earned his second-straight start for Los Dos on the season. Last week against Arizona, Romney recorded his first-ever start for Galaxy II.
· Over the course of the match, the LA Galaxy II lineup featured 9 different LA Galaxy Academy products who recorded minutes.
· Head Coach Curt Onalfo trotted out a starting lineup featuring seven LA Galaxy Academy products: Jaime Villarreal, Raul Mendiola, Joe Franco, Elijah Martin, Alejandro Covarrubias, Jack McBean and Bradford Jamieson IV. Fellow Academy products Ryo Fujii and Oscar Sorto also appeared as substitutes on the night.
· LA Galaxy Academy product Elijah Martin started in central midfield alongside Jaime Villarreal. It was Martin’s first start for Galaxy II.
· Captain Daniel Steres has started all four matches, playing every minute this season.
· Acquired prior to the 2015 USL season, French goalkeeper Clement Diop has now started in net for all four matches for LA.