LA Galaxy II

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LA Galaxy II
Los Angeles Galaxy II 2014.svg
Nickname(s) Los Dos
Founded 2014
Stadium StubHub Center - Track Stadium
Carson, California
Ground Capacity 2,000
Owner LA Galaxy (A.E.G.)
Manager Curt Onalfo
League USL Pro
2014 Regular Season: 3rd
Playoffs: Semifinals
Current season

LA Galaxy II is an American professional soccer team based in Carson, California, United States founded in 2014. It is the reserve team of the LA Galaxy. The team currently competes in the USL Pro, the third tier of the United States soccer league system.[1]

Purpose[edit]

About forming the reserve team, Galaxy President Chris Klein said, “The creation of LA Galaxy II, through USL PRO, provides the Galaxy with a fully realized, in-house player development program starting with the Under-12 Academy through the LA Galaxy first team. The investment of AEG and the Galaxy for LA Galaxy II will allow us to continue to develop the best players in Southern California while closing the gap between the Galaxy Academy and the LA Galaxy.”[1]

History[edit]

It was announced on 29 January 2014 that the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer would be fielding their own team in the USL Pro to serve as their reserve team beginning with the 2014 USL Pro season. The Galaxy chose to create their own team in the league instead of affiliating with a current USL Pro team after the two leagues formed a partnership the previous year. The current assistant coach of the senior squad, Curt Onalfo, would become head coach of the reserve squad. The club would play its home matches at the StubHub Center's Track & Field Stadium, a 1,200-seat stadium near the main stadium, home to the senior club.[1] Onalfo had led the Galaxy's previous reserve squad to two consecutive MLS Reserve League West Division titles.[2] In the process, the LA Galaxy became the first MLS club to own and operate its own USL Pro side.[2]

2014 Season[edit]

The club's first match took place on February 13, 2014 as they defeated Fresno Fuego of the USL Premier Development League 2-1. Travis Bowen scored the teams first-ever goal.[3] The team made its USL Pro debut on March 22, 2014, defeating the league's other LA club, the Orange County Blues FC, 3-1 at home. Justin Braun scored their first goal in USL Pro competition.[4][5]

Players and staff[edit]

The squad of LA Galaxy II will be composed of an unrestricted number of first-team players on loan to the reserve team, players signed by Galaxy II, and LA Galaxy Academy players. Academy players who appear in matches with LA Galaxy II will retain their college eligibility.[1]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of April 11, 2014.

No. Position Player Nation
25 Midfielder Garcia , RafaelRafael Garcia      United States
27 Forward Rugg, CharlieCharlie Rugg      United States
32 Forward McBean, JackJack McBean (HGP)     United States
34 Midfielder Walker, KenneyKenney Walker      United States
36 Defender Sorto, OscarOscar Sorto (HGP)     United States
38 Forward Jamieson IV, BradfordBradford Jamieson IV (HGP)     United States
40 Forward Mendiola, RaúlRaúl Mendiola (HGP)     Mexico
41 Goalkeeper Laurendi, CodyCody Laurendi      United States
43 Defender Emory, LoganLogan Emory      United States
44 Defender Steres, DanielDaniel Steres      United States
48 Midfielder Stojkov, DraganDragan Stojkov      Macedonia
50 Forward Bowen, TravisTravis Bowen      United States
53 Defender Diallo, BradleyBradley Diallo      France
55 Defender Bli, JasonJason Bli      France
56 Midfielder Courtois, LaurentLaurent Courtois      France
57 Midfielder Covarrubias, AlejandroAlejandro Covarrubias      United States
58 Forward Bailey, KainoaKainoa Bailey      United States
59 Midfielder Martin, ElijahElijah Martin      United States
61 Midfielder Villarreal, JaimeJaime Villarreal      United States
63 Midfielder Auras, AndréAndré Auras      France
64 Goalkeeper Shackelford, NicholasNicholas Shackelford      United States
66 Defender Franco, JoeJoe Franco      United States
72 Defender Nishanian, LeeLee Nishanian      United States

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name Nation
Head Coach Onalfo, CurtCurt Onalfo  United States
Player-Coach Courtois, LaurentLaurent Courtois[6]  France

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2014 3 USL Pro 3rd Semifinals Fifth Round 597

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "LA Galaxy Place Team in USL PRO". USL Pro. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "LA Galaxy announce they will form their own USL PRO franchise named LA Galaxy II". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "LA Galaxy II victorious in first ever match with a 2-1 win over Fresno Fuego". LA Galaxy. February 13, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "LA Galaxy II announce USL PRO schedule". LA Galaxy. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "LA Galaxy II win inaugural match over Orange County Blues 3-1". LA Galaxy. March 22, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Serrano, Adam. "A look at who suited up for LA Galaxy II in their inaugural match". LA Galaxy. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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