LA Galaxy II & LA Galaxy Academy Updates

LA Galaxy II & LA Galaxy Academy Updates

(lagalaxy.com)

Following their draw against Arizona United this past Saturday night, LA Galaxy II now holds a 8-4-4 record, moving to second place in the USL PRO standings. Now on a three-game winless streak, the Galaxy’s next game will be Saturday against Orlando City SC, who lead the USL PRO standings and are undefeated through fourteen games. The next home game for Galaxy II is scheduled for July 4th in a doubleheader that will also see the first team take on Portland.

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Both the Galaxy U-16 and U-18 Academy teams are in Indiana preparing for the start of playoffs. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs will take place from the 23-27 of this month, and both teams have been placed into groups that will see them play three matches with the leaders of the group hosting a quarterfinal matchup. The winners of the quarterfinal matches will then move on to Finals Week, which will take place from July 17-19 at StubHub Center.

The LA Galaxy U-18’s finished the season with 19 wins, 5 losses, 3 ties, scoring 85 goals and conceding 33. The Galaxy Academy claimed the Southwest Division Championship, and is amongst the top Academies in the country. The schedule and roster for the U-18 group is as follows:

6/23 (10:15 am kick-off) LA Galaxy vs Real Colorado

6/24 (8:00 am kick-off) LA Galaxy vs Chicago Magic PSG

6/26 (8:00 am kick-off) LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact

Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Cesar Jerez, Eric Lopez

DEFENDERS (7): Malcolm Jones, Manuel Padilla, Jeffrey Quezada, Juan Reyna, Justin Shottenhammer, Ivan Vazquez, Sebastian Velasco

MIDFIELDERS (5): Andrew Benitez, Ryo Fujii, Hugo Gutierrez, Elijah Martin, Axel Mendez

FORWARDS (6): Adonis Amaya, Christian Chavez, Mark Hernandez, Aaron Lombardi, Jorge Ruiz, Jaime Villarreal

HEAD COACH: Ante Razov

The LA Galaxy U-16 team, who also won the Southwest Division Championship in their age group and held a country record 21-game unbeaten streak, has been placed in a group with D.C. United, Concorde Fire and Sockers FC. Below is the schedule and roster for the U-16 Galaxy Academy.

6/24 (12:30 pm kick-off): LA Galaxy vs Sockers FC

6/25 (12:00 pm kick-off): LA Galaxy vs Concorde Fire

6/27 (7:00 am kick-off) LA Galaxy vs DC United

Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bennett Sneddon, Max Watkin

DEFENDERS (8): Bilal Abdallah, Danny Huizar, Tyson Griffin, Elan Koenig, Michael Lopez, Brian Ohara, Christian Onalfo, Alex Ramos

MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Bustamante, Juan Orozco, Rey Ortiz, Andrew Perez, Jonathon Ramirez, Chris Segovia

FORWARDS (4): Marc Calderon, Dylan Smith, Adrian Vera, Ethan Zubak

HEAD COACH: Michael Muñoz

Let’s go LA!

@acosta19LA

LA Galaxy vs Philadelphia Union (5/25)

LA Galaxy vs Philadelphia Union

Sunday, May 25, 2014

StubHub Center

Kick-off: 5:00 p.m

 

After ending their four-game winless streak this past Wednesday night, the LA Galaxy is back in action this Sunday when the Philadelphia Union visits StubHub Center. On short rest, the Galaxy will look to keep the momentum going and get their second victory this week. Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on Landon Donovan, who was excluded from the United States’ 23-man roster for the World Cup.

This past Wednesday the Galaxy returned to winning ways after defeating Dallas. Two first-half goals from Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes gave LA a comfortable lead, but things did not end up being so comfortable for the Galaxy in the second half. A botched non-call allowed Dallas to cut the Galaxy’s lead in half, after replays showed an offside should have been called. Dallas ended up pressuring but the Galaxy managed to maintain the lead- and more importantly- avoid giving up a late goal.  The Galaxy’s new centerback pairing of Opare and Meyer did well given the circumstances, and it is likely they’ll be starting once again this Sunday. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the line-up was Kenney Walker making his first start in a couple of seasons, replacing Baggio Husidic and the injured Marcelo Sarvas. Sarvas has been training regularly now for the past few days, so his return to the starting eleven should not be too far away.

Landon Donovan will be available for the Galaxy on Sunday. In what turned out to be shocking and unexpected turn of events for many, Donovan was not included in the 23-man roster who will be representing the United States in Brazil for the World Cup. Donovan is still in search for goal number 135, and after many months, it may finally happen on Sunday.

After Wednesday’s win, the Galaxy managed to leave the bottom of the Western Conference. Philadelphia, on the other hand, is above only Montreal in the East. The Union have just two victories in thirteen games, one in the past eleven played. In their latest game, Philadelphia allowed five goals at home to New England, who is leading the Eastern Conference. Away from home, the Union has not been a strong team, although they recorded their only victory in six opportunities in their latest game on the road against the defending MLS Cup champions, Sporting KC.

Don’t forget, this Sunday is full of LA Galaxy games at StubHub Center. Old Galaxy players will make an appearance in Carson again when the Alumni game takes place at 2 p.m., followed by the Galaxy vs Union game at 5, and the night ends with LA Galaxy II, on a seven-game unbeaten run, facing OKC Energy at 8:00 p.m.

THIS IS LA!

 LA Galaxy:

12 points, 10 GF, 8 GA

3-3-3, 6th in Western Conference

Home Record: 2-1-0

Away Record: 1-2-3

Philadelphia Union:

11 points, 15 GF, 20 GA

2-6-5, 9th in Eastern Conference

Home Record: 1-2-3

Away Record: 1-4-2

@acosta19LA

LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas (5/21)

LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

StubHub Center

Kick-off: 7:30 p.m

 (lagalaxy.com)

After what has felt like an eternity, the LA Galaxy will finally play at StubHub Center on Wednesday night. Coming off yet another disappointing result, the Galaxy will be looking to turn things around when FC Dallas comes to town.

The Galaxy’s four games away from home were filled with disappointed results. Out of a possible twelve points, the Galaxy was only able to earn two, those coming in Vancouver and Portland. Although splitting points away from home would not seem like a terrible result, the circumstances in which the Galaxy walked away with ties do make it seem like it. The Galaxy’s defense gave up late goals in both of those games, and along with the latest defensive mistake this past Saturday, they have not had a good showing as of late.

The backline is not the only concern for the Galaxy. It has seemed like if Robbie Keane is not scoring, nobody else is putting the ball in the back for LA. The opportunities have been there, but a lack of a finishing touch in the final third have prevented the Galaxy from earning points. Due to a lack of goals and plenty of defensive blunders, the Galaxy is currently on a four-game winless streak, the last victory coming in LA’s last game at home over a month ago.

Although the Galaxy has played fewer games than anyone else in the Western Conference, LA is sitting in last place in the West. The Galaxy has had only two victories in eight games, a disappointing percentage. FC Dallas, on the other hand, is sitting in third place in the standings. Dallas’ good start to the season has kept them there, because ultimately they’ve had a poor run as well. After starting the season off with a five-game unbeaten run, Dallas has not recorded a victory in the last five games.  Away from home, Dallas has won just one out of five matches, something the Galaxy should take advantage of.

THIS IS LA!

LA Galaxy:

9 points, 8 GF, 7 GA

2-3-3, 9th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 1-2-3

FC Dallas:

17 points, 21 GF, 20 GA

5-5-2, 3rd in Western Conference

Home Record: 4-2-1

Away Record: 1-3-1

@acosta19LA

Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy (5/17)

Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy

Saturday, May 17, 2014

BBVA Compass Stadium

Kick-off: 5:30 p.m

 

Another game, another late goal given up. This past Sunday the Galaxy was in Portland, and was literally a couple of minutes away from defeating the Timbers and returning to Southern California with three points. After a back and forth game, Robbie Keane put the Galaxy in front with his fifth goal of the season, a goal that seemed to be the game-winner in the 92nd minute. In the dying moments of the match, however, the Galaxy defense gave up another late goal and LA ended up returning home with only one point.

Giving up late goals has been a problem the Galaxy has been having for quite some time now. The team’s inability to close out games has cost them a good amount of points, but the part that worries the most is that the team can’t seem to focus and put on a complete performance throughout the whole game. On the road, the Galaxy’s struggles continue to become apparent. The Galaxy has not won a game away from StubHub Center in MLS play since their 4-1 victory over Philadelphia, over a year ago.

The Galaxy will be shorthanded when they face the Dynamo, as Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez have joined the U.S. National Team’s training camp after being named to the 30-man preliminary roster for the World Cup. Houston will also be missing one of their key players in Brad Davis.

It can be safe to say that the Dynamo’s season has had lots of ups and downs only eleven games in. All looked promising for Houston in their home opener, defeating New England 4-0, but since then they’ve had some road blocks. They’ve given up four goals or more in three different occasions, including last weekend at home against Real Salt Lake in their 2-5 defeat.

Galaxy players and staff have made it known they feel they were robbed last week in Portland in a no-call on a play that could have sealed the game for LA, but it’s time to leave that behind and focus on Houston. Ending their longest series of away games this season, the Galaxy would love nothing more than to close it out with a victory, their first away from home in over a year. Houston, however, will be no easy match for LA. The Dynamo will be looking to bounce back from that embarrassing defeat at home last week, and will look to capitalize on LA’s absences as well as weaknesses away from home.

THIS IS LA! 

LA Galaxy:

9 points, 8 GF, 6 GA

2-2-3, 8th in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 1-1-3

Houston Dynamo:

14 points, 15 GF, 19 GA

4-5-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Home Record: 3-2-1

Away Record: 1-3-1

@acosta19LA