LA Galaxy II (4-5-6, 18 points) fell 3-0 on the road to USL Championship expansion side El Paso Locomotive FC (6-2-5, 23 points) on a hot Saturday evening in Texas.
Both sides got off to a slow start offensively, with the first major scoring opportunity for either team coming in the 21st minute. The Locomotive’s Louis Herrera fired a curling effort just outside of the box. LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg made a brilliant save on full stretch, just getting his fingertips on the ball to push it away from the top-right corner.
After exchanging possession in the midfield for most of the first 45 minutes, the sluggish first half ended with a goal for the home side two minutes before halftime. James Kiffe sent a low cross into the box that found Jerome Kiesewetter who tucked his shot just inside the near post to give El Paso the halftime lead.
LA Galaxy II came out of Mike Munoz’s halftime talk with a renewed sense of urgency, creating two good opportunities from free kicks within the first three minutes of the second half. However, the way back into the game grew even more difficult for Los Dos after Brian Iloski was sent off for a late challenge on midfielder Richie Ryan in the 55th minute.
Starting in the 87th minute, El Paso sealed their victory at Southwest University Park with a second goal from Kiesewetter and a third from Omar Salgado only one minute later.
Next up, LA Galaxy II conclude their three-game road trip when they travel to face Reno 1868 FC at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
ELP – Jerome Kiesewetter (Assisted by James Kiffe) 43’
ELP – Jerome Kiesewetter (Assisted by James Kiffe) 87’
ELP – Omar Salgado (Assisted by Derek Gebhard) 88’
LA – Ethan Zubak (Caution) 40’
LA – Brian Iloski (Ejection) 55’
ELP – Calvin Rezende (Caution) 90’+2’
LA Galaxy II: Justin Vom Steeg; Justin Fiddes, Michael Gallagher ©, Omar Ontiveros, Nate Shultz; Adrian Vera, Don Tchilao (Ernesto Walker 73’), Jose Hernandez (Nick DePuy 80’), Brian Iloski, Jorge Hernandez (Frank Lopez 77’); Ethan Zubak
Substitutions not used: Abraham Romero, John Requejo, Mauricio Cuevas, Augustine Williams
TOTAL SHOTS: 3; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 19; OFFSIDE:2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4.
El Paso Locomotive FC: Logan Ketterer; James Kiffe, Chiro Ntoko, Drew Beckie, Bryam Rebellon; Richie Ryan, Louis Herrera (Calvin Rezende 89’), Nick Ross, Sebastian Contreras (Derek Gebhard 68’), Omar Salgado (Edson Partida 90’+1’); Jerome Kiesewetter
Substitution not used: Jermaine Fordah, Andrew Fox, Josue Aaron Gomez, Guillermo Diaz
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 8; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2.
Referee: Luis Guardia
- LA Galaxy II (4-5-6, 18 points) fell 3-0 on the road to USL Championship expansion side El Paso Locomotive FC (6-2-5, 23 points) on a hot Saturday evening in Texas.
- LA Galaxy II are 1-3-2 away from homethis season.
- Kai Koreniuk leads the team in goals this year (4).
- Brian Iloski leads the team in assists this year (3).
- LA Galaxy II finished the 2018 USL Championship season with a 7-6-4 home record and a 3-11-3 away record.
- Next up, LA Galaxy II conclude their three-game road trip when they travel to face Reno 1868 FC at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT.