LA Galaxy II

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Los Angeles Galaxy II 2014.svg
Nickname(s) Los Dos
Founded January 29, 2014; 4 years ago (January 29, 2014)
Stadium StubHub Center – Track Stadium
Carson, California
Ground Capacity 5,000
Owner LA Galaxy (AEG)
Manager Mike Muñoz
League United Soccer League
2017 Western Conference: 13th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
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 United Soccer League, the second tier of the United States soccer league system.[1] The team were runners up in the 2015 edition of the USL championship in which the Los Dos lost to the Rochester Rhinos.

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 January 29, 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. Charlie Rugg scored their first goal in USL Pro competition.[4][5] In the regular season, the Galaxy II earned third place in the league's standings, having a 15–6–7 (W-L-T) record, qualifying for the playoffs. The Galaxy II had faced against the Rochester Rhinos during the quarter finals, who they defeated and advance to face Sacramento Republic FC in the semifinals. The Galaxy II were defeated against Sacramento Republic therefore being eliminated, and ending their inaugural season.

2015 Season[edit]

Los Dos finished 5th in the Western Conference during the regular season of the newly formatted USL. During the playoffs, The Galaxy II defeated Sacramento Republic in overtime, advancing to face first seeded OKC Energy in the Conference Finals. Los Dos became Conference champions, after defeating OKC Energy, and went on to face Rochester Rhinos in the USL championship. The Galaxy II were defeated in the championship game.

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 March 14, 2018.

No. Position Player Nation
15 Forward Ariel Lassiter[A]  Costa Rica
18 Midfielder Julian Büscher  Germany
20 Defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce[A]  United States
21 Defender Hugo Arellano[A]  United States
26 Midfielder Efrain Alvarez[A]  Mexico
33 Defender Nate Shultz  United States
38 Forward Bradford Jamieson IV[A]  United States
41 Goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg[A]  United States
42 Goalkeeper Wade Hamilton  United States
44 Midfielder Geoffrey Acheampong  Ghana
45 Midfielder Emmanuel Appiah  Ghana
46 Defender John Requejo  United States
47 Midfielder Miguel Aguilar  Mexico
49 Midfielder Adrian Vera  United States
51 Forward Ethan Zubak  United States
52 Goalkeeper John Pulskamp[B]  United States
53 Midfielder Jorge Hernandez  United States
54 Goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon  United States
57 Forward Justin Dhillon  United States
58 Forward Ulysses Llanez[B]  United States
60 Midfielder Alex Méndez[B]  United States
62 Defender Jake Arteaga[B]  United States
65 Defender Ian Lonergan[B]  United States
66 Forward Frank López  Cuba
67 Midfielder Jonathan Hernandez  United States
68 Midfielder Andre Ulrich Zanga  Cameroon
69 Defender Jeffrey Payeras  Guatemala
72 Defender Jean Jospin Engola  Cameroon
73 Forward Adonis Amaya  United States
74 Midfielder Taylor Davila[B]  United States
75 Goalkeeper Eric Lopez  United States
88 Midfielder João Pedro [A]  Portugal
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with LA Galaxy.
  2. ^ LA Galaxy Academy player.

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name Nation
Head Coach Mike Muñoz  United States
Assistant Coach Laurent Courtois  France
Goalkeeper Coach Claine Plummer  Costa Rica

Team Records[edit]

  • Updated to September 30, 2017

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season W-T-L Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance Top Scorer Goals
2014 3 USL 3rd: 15–6–7 Semifinals 3R 597 United States Chandler Hoffman 14
2015 3 USL 5th, Western: 14–3–11 Runner-Up 2R 969 Costa Rica Ariel Lassiter 11
2016 3 USL 5th, Western: 12–11–7 Conference Quarterfinals Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 1,211 United States Jack McBean 15
2017 2 USL 13th, Western: 8–5–19 Did not qualify Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 1,215 United States Justin Dhillon
United States Adrian Vera
6

Head Coaches[edit]

All time LA Galaxy II Coaching Stats
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Curt Onalfo  United States January 29, 2014 December 13, 2016 95 46 29 20 048.42
Mike Muñoz  United States January 12, 2017 Present 32 8 19 5 025.00

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "LA Galaxy Place Team in USL PRO". USL Pro. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. 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. 

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