Match Report: Austin Bold FC vs. LA Galaxy II | Oct. 23, 2019

LA Galaxy II’s 2019 season came to a close on Wednesday night in Austin as LA Galaxy II fell 2-0 to Austin Bold FC in the Play-In Round of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs. It was the fourth postseason appearance in Los Dos’ sixth year as a USL side.

Austin Bold FC cruised into the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs as goals in either half earned a 2-0 victory for the No. 8 seed against the No. 9 seed LA Galaxy II on Wednesday night at Bold Stadium.

Bold FC got out to an ideal start in the ninth minute when goalkeeper Diego Restrepo launched a counterattack down the right after claiming a free kick by the Galaxy in his penalty area with an accurate kick in the vicinity of Xavier Baez. The Mexican midfielder won possession with a sliding touch that moved the ball past a Galaxy II defender, and after moving into the penalty area Baez centered for Ema Twumasi to send home a first-time finish from the penalty spot into the right corner.

Austin thought it had doubled its lead seven minutes later as a corner kick by Baez from the right was flicked on by Sean McFarlane at the near post to Andre Lima, who buried a diving header from close range, but McFarlane was ruled to have handled as the goal was disallowed.

McFarlane had a chance of his own five minutes before halftime as broke forward from the back line and ran onto a ball over the top, but his finish was straight at Galaxy II goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg as he shot from the right side of the penalty area. Los Dos then produced their first big chance of the game in the final minute of the half as a low cross by Kai Koreniuk from the left was met by a cutting Ethan Zubak at the near post, only for Restrepo to make a good reflex stop and keep the hosts ahead. 

Scoring Summary:
AUS – Ewa Twumasi (Assisted by Javier Baez) 9’
AUS – Sean McFarlane 54’

Misconduct Summary:
AUS – Andre Lima 32’
LA – Carlos Harvey 35’
AUS – Josue Soto 49’
AUS – Edson Braafheid 60’
AUS – Ewa Twumasi 76’
LA – Jose Hernandez 76’
LA – Mohammed Kamara 77’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy II: Justin Vom Steeg; Nate Shultz (Omar Ontiveros 55’), Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Nick DePuy, Justin Fiddes (Augustine Williams 75’); Jorge Hernandez, Carlos Harvey, Jose Hernandez (Brian Iloski HT); Kai Koreniuk, Ethan Zubak, Mohammed Kamara

Substitutions not used: Eric Lopez, Geoffrey Acheampong, Mauricio Cuevas, Ivan Gutierrez. 

Head Coach: Junior Gonzalez

Austin Bold FC: Diego Restrepo; Sean McFarlane, Josue Soto, Gustavo Rissi, Jermaine Taylor; Amobi Okugo, Xavier Baez (Jorge Troncoso 74’), Edson Braafheid (Thomas de Villardi 84’), Ema Twumasi, Andre Lima, Sonny Guadarrama (Kris Tyrpak 72’)

Substitutions not used: Juan David Ramirez, George Acosta, Calum Mallace, Francis Atuahene. 

Head Coach: Marcelo Serrano

Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Attendance: 2,656

NOTES:

  • LA Galaxy II’s 2019 season came to a close on Wednesday night in Austin as LA Galaxy II fell 2-0 to Austin Bold FC in the Play-In Round of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs. 
  • It was the fourth postseason appearance in Los Dos’ sixth year as a USL side.
  • Ethan Zubak and Kai Koreniuk co-led the team in scoring in 2019 (9).
  • Jose Hernandez led the team in assists (5).
  • LA Galaxy II finished the 2019 season with a 12-10-12 record.
  • LA Galaxy II were 7-4-6 at home and 5-6-6 on the road in 2019.
  • For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/2
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