LA Galaxy II (0-1-0, 0 points) fell 4-1 at home to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1-0-0, 3 points) in their opening contest of the 2019 USL Championship season.
Los Dos fell behind early in the first half after Shane Malcolm headed the ball in from close range in the 10th minute of play. Although LA Galaxy II had a few scoring chances in the first half, they were unable to find the equalizer. The home team went into half time with a goal deficit.
The Switchbacks continued to press offensively and recorded their second goal three minutes into the second half. Malcolm rocketed a right footed shot across the box to beat out LA Galaxy II’s goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg. Jordan Burt, the Switchbacks’ captain, added his name to the scoresheet with a header from close range in the 57th minute before Malcolm notched his hat trick with 14 minutes to go in the match.
Los Dos struggled to mount a comeback. But, in the 86th minute, LA Galaxy II captain Geoffrey Acheampong scored his team’s lone goal with help from Panamanian International Ernesto Walker. Walker showed his strength beating out two defenders to find Acheampong who whipped the ball top shelf past Colorado’s Andre Rawis.
Next up, LA Galaxy II hit the road for their first away game of the season against Tacoma Defiance (1-0-0, 3 points) at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 16 at Cheney Stadium.
COS – Shane Malcolm 10’ (Assisted by Mike Seth)
COS – Shane Malcolm 48’
COS – Jordan Burt 57’ (Assisted by Ismalia Jome)
COS – Shane Malcolm 76’ (Assisted by Mike Seth)
LA – Geoffrey Acheampong 86’ (Assisted by Ernesto Walker)
LA – Frank Lopez 12’
LA – Augustine Williams 26’
COS – Ibrahim Yaro
LA Galaxy II: Justin Vom Steeg; Nate Shultz, Omar Ontiveros, Nick DePuy, Kobe Hernandez-Foster; Jose Hernandez, Geoffrey Acheampong ©, Adrian Vera (Ernesto Walker 60’), Don Tchilao (Jorge Hernandez 80’); Frank Lopez, Augustine Williams (Kai Koreniuk 60’)
Substitutions not used: Abraham Romero, Carlos Harvey, Adam Saldana, Oscar Cervantes
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Andre Rawls; Ibrahim Yaro, Jamal Jack, Kris Reaves, Ismaila Jome; Rony Argueta, Jordan Burt ©, Alex Molano (Kwasi Donsu 80’); Saeed Robinson (Matt Hundley 69’), Mike Seth (Logan Hitzeman 87’), Shane Malcolm
Substitutions not used: Abraham Rodriguez, Jordan Schweitzer
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 2.
Referee: Michael Radchuk
- LA Galaxy II (0-1-0, 0 points) fell 4-1 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1-0-0, 3 points) on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
- Geoffrey Acheampong scored LA Galaxy II’s lone goal of the night.
- Panamanian International Ernesto Walker recorded his first assist with Los Dos on Saturday.
- LA Galaxy II finished the 2018 season with a 7-6-4 home record and a 3-11-3 away record.
- Next up, LA Galaxy II head north to play Tacoma Defiance (1-0-0, 3 points) at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 16 at Cheney Stadium.
- For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/2.