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LA Galaxy II

LA Galaxy II
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
2015 5th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Runner-Up
Website Club home page

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 third tier of the United States soccer league system.[1]

Contents

  • Purpose 1
  • History 2
    • 2014 Season 2.1
    • 2015 Season 2.2
  • Players and staff 3
    • Current roster 3.1
    • Coaching staff 3.2
  • Team Records 4
    • Year-by-year 4.1
    • Head Coaches 4.2
  • Honors 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Purpose

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

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

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

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

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

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 30, 2015.
No. Position Player Nation
41 Goalkeeper Diop, ClémentClément Diop      France
44 Defender Steres, DanielDaniel Steres      United States
46 Forward Lassiter, ArielAriel Lassiter      Costa Rica
47 Midfielder Olivera, BryanBryan Olivera      Uruguay
48 Midfielder Fujii, RyoRyo Fujii      Hong Kong
49 Midfielder Vera, AdrianAdrian Vera      United States
50 Forward Bowen, TravisTravis Bowen      United States
53 Defender Diallo, BradleyBradley Diallo      France
54 Goalkeeper Sneddon, BennettBennett Sneddon      United States
55 Defender Bli, JasonJason Bli      France
57 Midfielder Covarrubias, AlejandroAlejandro Covarrubias      United States
58 Forward Bailey, KainoaKainoa Bailey      United States
59 Midfielder Martin, ElijahElijah Martin      United States
63 Midfielder Auras, AndréAndré Auras      France
64 Goalkeeper Shackelford, NicholasNicholas Shackelford      United States
65 Midfielder Villarreal, JaimeJaime Villarreal      United States
66 Defender Franco, JoeJoe Franco      United States
72 Defender Nishanian, LeeLee Nishanian      United States
73 Forward Amaya, AdonisAdonis Amaya      United States
75 Goalkeeper Lopez, EricEric Lopez      United States

Coaching staff

Role Name Nation
Head Coach Onalfo, CurtCurt Onalfo  United States
Assistant Coach Becerra, RobRob Becerra  United States
Goalkeeper Coach Gonzalez, DanielDaniel Gonzalez  Argentina
Strength and Conditioning Coach Rodriguez, CrisCris Rodriguez  United States
Athletic Trainer Tajima, AkiAki Tajima  United States

Team Records

  • Updated to June, 2015

Year-by-year

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 Chandler Hoffman 14
2015 3 USL 5th, Western: 14-3-11 Runner-Up 2R 900 Ariel Lassiter 11

Head Coaches

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup
All time LA Galaxy II Coaching Stats
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Curt Onalfo  United States January 2014 Present 47 25 14 8 53.19

Honors

  • USL Championship
    • Runners Up : 2015
  • USL Western Conference (Playoffs)
    • Winners : 2015

References

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External links

  • Official website
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