LA Galaxy II (11-9-11, 44 points) drew 2-2 with Sacramento Republic FC (13-12-6, 45 points) on Wednesday night at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento struck first on the night, when Thomas Enevoldsen placed a right-footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner on a fast break. Tomas Hilliard-Arce almost intercepted the pass to Enevoldsen – getting a foot on the ball – but it wasn’t enough to break up the play.
LA Galaxy II remained aggressive in the first half and they were rewarded just before halftime. Kai Koreniuk put a blistering shot on goal, an attempt that was saved right into the path of Ethan Zubak. Zubak buried the rebound for his eighth goal of the season and the Galaxy went into the break tied.
Mohammed Kamara was a strong presence for Los Dos on the night, and in the second half, he gave Los Dos the lead. Jose Hernandez found Kamara just outside the middle of the six-yard box in the 72nd minute, and Kamara calmly put away the go-ahead goal. It looked to be enough for Los Dos, but the away team faced consistent pressure from Sacramento in the final 15 minutes of the match, and Sacramento ultimately broke through in the 89th.
This was the first match in a three-game road swing – Galaxy II will take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks this weekend before coming back to California to take on Fresno FC on Oct. 12. With just three games remaining in the 2019 USL Championship campaign, LA Galaxy II are in 9th place in the Western Conference standings.
SAC – Thomas Enevoldsen 20’
LA – Ethan Zubak 38’
LA – Mohammed Kamara 72’ (Assisted by Jose Hernandez)
SAC – Matthew Mahoney 89’ (Assisted by Mitchell Taintor)
LA – Justin Fiddes 8’ (caution)
LA – Nate Shultz 32’ (caution)
LA – Augustine Williams 77’ (caution)
SAC – Thomas Enevoldsen 90+1’ (caution)
SAC – Mitchell Taintor 90+5’ (ejection)
LA – Augustine Williams 90+5’ (ejection)
LA Galaxy II: Eric Lopez; Nate Shultz, Justin Fiddes, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Nicholas DePuy; Omar Ontiveros, Jorge Hernandez, Adam Saldana (Jose Hernandez 58’); Ethan Zubak (Augustine Williams 76’), Mohammed Kamara, Kai Koreniuk (Ivan Gutierrez 82’).
Substitutions not used: Abraham Romero, Mauricio Cuevas, Abdallah Shaibu, Brian Illoski.
Head Coach: Junior Gonzalez
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 ; FOULS: 18 ; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 2.
Sacramento Republic FC: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jordan McCrary, Juan Barahona (Mitchell Taintor 56’), Charalampos Chantzopoulos, Matthew Mahoney; Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman, Drew Skundrich, Thomas Enevoldsen, Dariusz Formella (Sam Werner 62’); Cameron Iwasa.
Substitutions not used: Rafael Diaz, Dekel Keinan, Hayden Partain, Villyan Bijev, Stefano Bonomo.
Head Coach: Simon Elliot
TOTAL SHOTS: 21; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 1.
Referee: Elton Garcia
- LA Galaxy II are 5-5-5 on the road in 2019.
- Los Dos are 6-3-3 since Interim Manager Junior Gonzalez has taken over.
- Ethan Zubak scored his eighth goal of the season and third goal in his last two matches.
- Mohammed Kamara scored his second goal of the season.
- Kai Koreniuk leads LA Galaxy II with nine goals this season.
- Jose Hernandez now leads the team in assists (5).
- LA Galaxy II finished the 2018 USL season with a 7-6-4 home record and a 3-11-3 away record.
- Next up, LA Galaxy II stay on the road for a match at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs.
- For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/2.