Match Preview: LA Galaxy II continue road trip as they face Real Monarchs SLC

LA Galaxy II (1-1-0, 3 points) continue their stint on the road as they face Real Monarchs SLC (0-0-2, 2 points) at Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Los Dos head into the match with confidence after securing their first victory and shutout of the season against Tacoma Defiance. LA Galaxy II enjoyed a 3-0 away victory over Tacoma after a brace from Augustine Williams and a goal from Ernesto Walker. Because of his performance on Saturday, Williams was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week.

LA Galaxy II face a Real Monarchs SLC side that are still searching for their first win of the season, with their first two matches of the year ending in draws. Most recently, Real Monarchs hosted USL expansion side El Paso Locomotive FC, which ended in 0-0. After going down a man in the 32nd minute, Real Monarchs’ goalkeeper David Ochoa had to make critical stops against El Paso’s attack, totaling nine saves in the match.

Last season, LA Galaxy II and Real Monarchs split points across two competitions, going 1-1-0. The Galaxy won the most recent contest 6-1, with Efrain Alvarez recording his second hat trick of the 2018 season to help Los Dos secure all three points at home. Ethan Zubak, Adrian Vera and Frank Lopez also contributed to the impressive score line.

LAST MATCH
Tacoma Defiance 0 | LA Galaxy II 3: LA Galaxy II earned their first clean sheet victory of the season against Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium. Augustine Williams and Ernesto Walker scored their first goals for Los Dos, with Williams notching a brace to give his side the 3-0 victory.

Real Monarchs SLC 0 | El Paso Locomotive FC 0: After going down a man early, Real Monarchs SLC showed their defensive prowess by keeping USL expansion team El Paso Locomotive off the board. Goalkeeper David Ochoa played an important role in stopping the Locos’ attack with nine saves in the match.

2018 RECORD
LA Galaxy II: 10-17-7, 37 points
Real Monarchs SLC: 19-12-3, 65 points

LAST YEAR
Real Monarchs SLC 4, LA Galaxy II 0 | August 25, 2018 at Zions Bank Stadium
LA Galaxy II 6, Real Monarchs SLC 1 | September 29, 2018 at Dignity Health Sports Park

GAME NOTES

  • LA Galaxy II secured a 3-0 victory over Tacoma Defiance on the road on Saturday, March 16. The win was the side’s first of the season and first clean sheet.
  • Ernesto Walker recorded his first goal with LA Galaxy II against Tacoma Defiance.
  • Augustine Williams recorded his first brace with LA Galaxy II against Tacoma Defiance.
  • Geoffrey Acheampong scored the Galaxy’s first goal of 2019 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and was assisted by Ernesto Walker.
  • Los Dos signed eight new players this offseason: Abraham Romero, Kai Koreniuk, Nick DePuy, Don Tchilao, Augustine Williams, Jose Hernandez, Michael Gallagher, Omar Ontiveros.
  • LA Galaxy II acquired two Panamanian International players this offseason: Ernesto Walker and Carlos Harvey.
  • Kai Koreniuk, Nick DePuy, Don Tchilao, Augustine Williams, Jose Hernandez, Omar Ontiveros and Ernesto Walker all made their debut with LA Galaxy II on March 9 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
  • Carlos Harvey made his debut with LA Galaxy II on March 16 against Tacoma Defiance.
  • Abraham Romero and Michael Gallagher have yet to make their debut with the club.
  • LA Galaxy II finished the 2018 USL Championship season with a 7-6-4 home record and a 3-11-3 away record.
  • Frank Lopez led the team in goals in 2018 (13).
  • Diedie Traore led LA Galaxy II in assists in 2018 (5).
  • Next, LA Galaxy II will return home to Dignity Health Sports Park to host Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. PT (broadcast live on ESPN+).
  • For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/2.

 

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