LA Galaxy II

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LA Galaxy II
LA Galaxy II logo.svg
Nickname(s)Los Dos
FoundedJanuary 29, 2014; 7 years ago (January 29, 2014)
StadiumDignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium
Carson, California
Capacity5,000
OwnerLA Galaxy (AEG)
ManagerJunior Gonzalez
LeagueUSL Championship
20208th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

LA Galaxy II is an American professional soccer team based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, United States founded in 2014. It is the reserve team of the LA Galaxy. The team currently competes in the USL Championship, the second tier of the United States soccer league system.[1] The team was a runner up in the 2015 edition of the USL championship in which 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 Dignity Health Sports Park'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 team's 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.

Daniel Steres was named captain, and was named Defender of the Year.[6][7]

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.

Daniel Steres was again named Defender of the Year.[6][7]

Stadium[edit]

The team currently plays in the Track & Field Facility at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The field has 2,000 permanent seats, but can be expanded to hold as many as 20,000 fans.[8] The main stadium at Dignity Health Sports Park holds 27,000 attendees and is the home of the LA Galaxy first team.

Players and staff[edit]

The squad of LA Galaxy II is 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 retain their college eligibility.[1]

Current roster[edit]

As of July 17, 2021[9]
No. Pos. Player Nation
12 GK Eric López ([A])  United States
18 GK Justin Vom Steeg ([A])  United States
24 DF Danilo Acosta ([A])  United States
25 FW Cameron Dunbar ([A])  United States
27 MF Carlos Harvey ([A])  Panama
28 FW Kai Koreniuk ([A])  Netherlands
30 DF Josh Drack  United States
31 FW Preston Judd  United States
33 GK Jonathan Klinsmann ([A])  United States
34 MF Taylor Davila  United States
35 DF Jesús Vázquez  United States
36 MF Jorge Hernandez  United States
37 MF Daniel Aguirre ([A])  United States
38 MF Axel Picazo  United States
40 MF Felipe Cobian ([B])  United States
42 GK Alan Solorio ([B])  United States
45 MF Adrián González  Mexico
46 DF Isaac Bawa  Ghana
47 DF Owen Lambe  United States
48 FW Augustine Williams ([A])  Sierra Leone
49 MF Rémi Cabral  France
50 DF Adrian Aguilar ([B])  United States
51 MF Axel Essengue ([B])  Cameroon
55 DF Sebastian Hernandez ([B])  United States
56 FW Jonathan Perez ([A])  United States
58 DF Mauricio Cuevas  United States
59 FW Felix Barajas ([B])  United States
61 MF Miguel Ávalos  Mexico
62 MF Alex Alcala  Mexico
63 FW Sebastian Nava ([B])  United States
65 FW Juan Calderón ([B])  United States
66 MF Victor Valdez  United States
74 DF Marcus Ferkranus ([A])  United States
  1. ^
    Signed to first team contract with LA Galaxy.
  2. ^

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name Nation
Head Coach Junior Gonzalez  United States
Assistant Coach Matt Tutton  United States
Goalkeeper Coach Claine Plummer  Costa Rica

Team records[edit]

As of October 10, 2020

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
2018 2 USL 14th, Western: 10–7–17 Did not qualify Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 1,048 Cuba Frank López 13
2019 2 USLC 9th, Western: 12–12–10 Play-In Round Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 881 United States Ethan Zubak
Netherlands Kai Koreniuk
9
2020 2 USLC 8th, Western: 8–2–6
2nd Group B
Conference Quarterfinals Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) N/A Sierra Leone Augustine Williams 13

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 July 19, 2019 85 23 42 20 027.06
Junior Gonzalez (Interim)  United States July 19, 2019 January 8, 2020 15 6 5 4 040.00
Junior Gonzalez  United States January 8, 2020 present 16 8 6 2 050.00

Honors[edit]

Player honors[edit]

Year Player Country Position Honor
2014 Chandler Hoffman United States United States Forward All-League First Team
André Auras France France Midfielder All-League Second Team
Daniel Steres United States United States Defender All-League Second Team
2015 Daniel Steres United States United States Defender All-League First Team
2016 Jack McBean United States United States Forward All-League First Team
2018 Efraín Álvarez Mexico Mexico Midfielder Young Player of the Year
2020[10] Augustine Williams Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Forward All-League First Team

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.
  6. ^ a b "Getting 2 know Galaxy II: Defender Daniel Steres". LA Galaxy. 15 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Daniel Steres LA Galaxy:Profile". Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Track & Field Facility". Dignity Health Sports Park. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Players". lagalaxy.com. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  10. ^ "USL Championship Reveals 2020 All-League Teams". USLChampionship.com Staff. October 28, 2020. Retrieved October 28, 2020.

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