LA Galaxy II

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LA Galaxy II
Nickname(s)Los Dos
FoundedJanuary 29, 2014; 5 years ago (January 29, 2014)
StadiumDignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium
Carson, California
Capacity2,000 (expandable to 20,000)
OwnerLA Galaxy (AEG)
ManagerMike Muñoz
LeagueUSL Championship
201814th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub 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 USL Championship, 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 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 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.

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.[6] 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]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of June 18, 2019.

No. Position Player Nation
15 Defender Diedie Traore ([A])  France
20 Defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce ([A])  United States
30 Midfielder Don Tchilao  Benin
33 Defender Nate Shultz  United States
41 Goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg ([A])  United States
42 Goalkeeper Abraham Romero  Mexico
43 Midfielder Adam Saldana  United States
44 Midfielder Geoffrey Acheampong  Ghana
45 Midfielder Oscar Cervantes ([B])  United States
46 Defender John Requejo  United States
47 Midfielder José Hernández  Mexico
48 Forward Augustine Williams  Sierra Leone
49 Midfielder Adrian Vera  United States
52 Forward Kai Koreniuk  Netherlands
53 Midfielder Jorge Hernandez ([B])  United States
54 Defender Kobe Hernandez-Foster ([B])  United States
55 Midfielder Lucas Gonzalez ([B])  United States
57 Defender Omar Ontiveros  United States
58 Defender Mauricio Cuevas  United States
62 Defender Nick DePuy  United States
63 Defender Michael Gallagher  United States
67 Midfielder Carlos Harvey (on loan from Tauro)  Panama
69 Defender Justin Fiddes  United States
70 Midfielder Brian Iloski  United States
71 Goalkeeper Carlos Zuniga ([B])  United States
72 Midfielder Ernesto Walker (on loan from Plaza Amador)  Panama
75 Goalkeeper Eric Lopez  United States
Midfielder Iván Gutiérrez  Mexico
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with LA Galaxy.
  2. ^ LA Galaxy Academy player.

Out on loan[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of June 18, 2019.

No. Position Player Nation
66 Forward Frank López (on loan to San Antonio FC)  Cuba

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]

As of 14 October 2018

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

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.
  6. ^ "Track & Field Facility". Dignity Health Sports Park. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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