Match Report: LA Galaxy II lose tough matchup against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 3-0

LA Galaxy II 0, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 3

Switchbacks Stadium (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Sept. 3, 2016

2016 USL Regular Season

6:00 p.m. PT

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LA Galaxy II (10-7-9, 39 points) were defeated 3-0 by Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (15-10-4, 43 points) on Saturday night at Switchbacks Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The loss was the last match of a five-game road stretch for Los Dos.

Shutout for the sixth time of the season, it was a night to forget for LA Galaxy II. After going down early in the match, Los Dos struggled to threaten the Colorado Springs’ defense as their deficit grew.

Colorado Springs was first on the board in the 10th minute when an inswinging cross in the run of play from Switchbacks FC’s Saeed Robinson found the head of Mike Smith. Smith, unmarked and just outside the six-yard box, converted easily. 

Smith would strike again in extra-time of the first half. After Switchbacks FC earned a corner from a mishandling of possession by Los Dos, Colorado Springs’ Luke Vercollone found Smith in the exact same spot from which he scored his first goal of the evening. Smith placed this header into the corner netting, earning his team a 2-0 halftime lead.

Of the five goals Switchbacks FC has scored on LA this season, Mike Seth has assisted or scored on four.

The narrative was much of the same in the second half, and it wasn’t long before Switchbacks FC added another goal. In the 58th minute, Vercollone bagged a goal of his own on a cross from defender Jordan Burt. Without much pressure from Los Dos, Colorado Springs were able to close out the match and secure all three points. 

Next, Los Dos are back at home to take on rival Sacramento Republic FC for the third time of the season when they kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium. That night, LA Galaxy II will be hosting “Pups at the Park,” an event allowing fans of dogs and soccer the opportunity to bring their pets with them to the match. Tickets to the match for dogs and humans are available at www.lagalaxy.com/tickets/pups. For a full LA Galaxy II schedule, visit www.lagalaxy.com/schedule/2.

Scoring Summary:

CS – Mike Seth 10’ (Assisted by Saeed Robinson), Mike Seth 45+2’ (Assisted by Luke Vercollone), Luke Vercollone 58’ (Assisted by Jordan Burt)

LA – none

Lineup:

LA Galaxy II: Clement Diop; Oscar Sorto, Bradley Diallo (Lee Nishanian 74’), Hugo Arellano, Josh Turnley (Nathan Smith 63’); Denzel Slager, Ryo Fujii (Adrian Vera 71’), Jaime Villarreal, Bryam Rebellon (Jose Villarreal 49’); Adonis Amaya (Kainoa Bailey 82’), Bradford Jamieson IV

Substitutions not used: Eric Lopez

GAME NOTES

  • LA Galaxy II (10-7-9, 39 points) were defeated 3-0 by Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (15-10-4, 43 points) on Saturday night at Switchbacks Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • LA Galaxy II were shutout for the sixth time of 2016 on Saturday night. Two of those shutouts have come against Colorado Springs.
  • Los Dos are now an even 1-1-1 against Colorado Springs on the season.
  • With two goals on Saturday night, Switchbacks FC’s Mike Seth has scored or assisted on four of Colorado Springs’ five goals scored against LA Galaxy this season
  • Bradley Diallo made his second straight start for LA Galaxy II after returning from a knee injury that had kept him sidelined since preseason.
  • 15 players have scored for LA Galaxy II in 2016, the most of any Western Conference team.
  • Los Dos are 4-5-5 on the road in 2016. Colorado Springs are 9-2-3 at home.
  • LA Galaxy II’s Jefrey Payeras missed Saturday’s match as he has been called up to the Guatemalan National Team for World Cup Qualifier friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He started in the team’s match against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday.
  • Los Dos lead the Western Conference in goals scored (46). Jose Villarreal and Ariel Lassiter lead the team in goals (6). Jaime Villarreal, Jose Villarreal and Josh Turnley co-lead the team with four assists.
  • Next, Los Dos are back at home to take on rival Sacramento Republic FC for the third time of the season when they kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium. That night, LA Galaxy II will be hosting “Pups at the Park,” an event allowing fans of dogs and soccer the opportunity to bring their pets with them to the match. Tickets to the match for dogs and humans are available at www.lagalaxy.com/tickets/pups. For a full LA Galaxy II schedule, visit www.lagalaxy.com/schedule/2.

LA Galaxy II is now offering the Endless Soccer Ticket Package for Los Dos’ three remaining home matches of the 2016 season. Fans who purchase the package will receive four tickets to an LA Galaxy II match, four LA Galaxy coolers and four coupons for free soda from Shasta Beverages. To purchase the Endless Soccer Ticket Package click here

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