Raul Mendiola leads LA Galaxy II to 2-1 win over Austin Aztex

CARSON, Calif. (Sunday, April 19, 2015) – LA Galaxy II (1-3-1) defeated Austin Aztex (2-3-0) Sunday evening at StubHub Center’s Track and Field Stadium behind goals from forward Ariel Lassiter and midfielder Raul Mendiola, giving Los Dos their first victory of the season.

Lassiter scored in his second-straight match when he opened the scoring with a 65th-minute goal. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias played a long ball over top to Raul Mendiola, who calmly played the ball back to an oncoming Lassiter before the forward cut inside to his left and launched a perfect curling shot past a helpless Cody Laurendi. Mendiola’s assist marked his fourth of the season, good enough to lead USL.

Following the Los Dos goal, Austin answered back late in the match as Touray Sainey got on the end of a loose ball inside the Galaxy 18 before tapping in the equalizer.

In the 84th minute, Los Dos found their first game-winning goal of the season courtesy of Mendiola. LA Galaxy Academy Product Ryo Fujii found space outside the 18 before playing through Mendiola, who cut the ball back to create room in front of goal before launching in the winner. It was the Galaxy Homegrown Player’s first goal this season.

Galaxy II withstood late offensive pressure from Austin to finish out the game with three points.

Los Dos are in action next when they travel to take on Real Monarchs SLC next Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. PT on the road at Rio Tinto Stadium.

 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 $32 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 2, Austin Aztex 1
Sunday, April 19 – 5:00 p.m. PT
USL Regular Season
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

LA – Ariel Lassiter (Assisted by Raul Mendiola, Alejandro Covarrubias) 64’

ATX – Sainey Touray (unassisted) 80’

LA – Raul Mendiola (Assisted by Ryo Fujii) 84’

Misconduct Summary:

ATX – Guaraci (caution) 25’

LA – Daniel Steres (caution) 39’

ATX – Mikey Ambrose (caution) 74’

LA – Ignacio Maganto (caution) 90’+1


LA Galaxy II: Clement Diop; Joe Franco, Daniel Steres ©, Dave Romney, Oscar Sorto; Raul Mendiola (Jason Bli 90’), Alejandro Covarrubias, Andre Auras (Elijah Martin 81’), Ariel Lassiter (Ryo Fujii 81’); Jack McBean, Ignacio Maganto.

Substitutions not used: Nicholas Shackelford, Lee Nishanian, Jaime Villarreal, Kainoa Bailey.

Attendance: 727