The minutes wound down on the LA Galaxy II’s second match of the season against Real Monarchs SLC, it looked like it would end the same as the first – in a scoreless draw.
However, Galaxy defender Bradley Diallo had different plans, netting a stoppage-time goal to condemn the Monarchs to their third consecutive defeat, 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Galaxy threatened the goal in the 31st minutes with a slew of shots from inside the box. Goalkeeper Eric Osswald was up to the task though and kept LA out of the net and the match remained scoreless.
In the 38th minute, Salt Lake’s Jordan Murrell forced a low-angle save from Galaxy ‘keeper Clement Diop. Murrell made an overlapping run up the left side and blasted a near-post shot that Diop palmed away for a corner kick and the score remained 0-0.
In the 42nd minute, Monarchs’ Lucas Baldin nearly broke the tie in emphatic fashion. After a foul near the touchline, Baldin stood over the ball and rifled a shot from 45 yards out that needed a last-second punch by Diop to prevent the goal, giving the Monarchs another corner kick.
The second half saw more of the same, but the game lacked the fluidity of the first half as the rain came pouring down until Diallo’s stoppage-time winner.
Los Dos next host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here.
The Monarchs will host the Sacramento Republic on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. MT kickoff with live television coverage on KMYU.
Real Monarchs 0-0 LA Galaxy II
Saturday April 25, 2015
Rio Tinto Stadium
LA – Bradley Diallo – 92+.
LA – Andre Auras (Yellow; Foul) – 26’
RM – Lucas Baldin (Yellow; Foul) – 55’
Real Monarchs (4-3-3): Eric Osswald; Riley McGovern, Emilio Orozco, Danilo Acosta, Jordan Murrell; Fito Ovalle, Lucas Baldin (Tyler Arnone – 85’), Garrett Losee (Maikon Orellana – 59’); Eti Tavares (Alec Sundly – 66’), Max Rauhofer (Leon Brown – 77’), Ricardo Velazco (Jose Navarro – 87’).
Substitutes not used: Victor Rodriguez, Darion Copeland.
LA Galaxy II (4-4-2): Clement Diop; Oscar Sorto (Bradley Diallo – 85’), Daniel Steres, David Romney, Joe Franco; Raul Mendiola, Alejandro Covarrubias, Andre Auras, Ari Lassiter; Ryo Fujii, Jack McBean (Jaime Villarreal – 79’).
Substitutes not used: Nick Shackleford, Lee Nishanian, Elijah Martin, Mark Salinas-Cruz, Travis Bowen.
Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistant Referees: Mitch Lillywhite, James Roy
4th Official: Alex Krelo