Galaxy II opens 2017 with 2-0 victory over Vancouver

Galaxy II opened the 2017 USL season with a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at StubHub Center.

Los Dos opened the scoring in the fifth minute with what was ruled as an own goal. In the 67th minute, Ethan Zubak added another goal as new coach Mike Munoz picked up his first victory, replacing Curt Onalfo.

Jon Kempin started in goal and recorded three saves.

Six players made their debut for Galaxy II: Kempin, Ian Lonergan, Jean Engola, Tyler Turner and Miguel Aguilar and Justin Dhillon came on as a second-half sub.

Galaxy II will return to action Saturday at San Antonio FC.

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Galaxy II opens 2017 USL season Saturday afternoon

The first team might have the week off, but the Galaxy II will kick off the 2017 USL season, Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps 2 FC at the StubHub Center’s Track and Field Stadium at 2 p.m.

Former Galaxy player Mike Munoz replaces Curt Onalfo as coach of the club.

13 players are signed to USL contracts with Galaxy II. Seven of those players return from the 2016 roster and six are former Galaxy Academy members: midfielders Ryo Fujii and Adrian Vera, forwards Ethan Zubak and Adonis Amaya and goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon and Eric Liopez.

Here is the roster ahead of the season opener:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bennett Sneddon, Eric Lopez

DEFENDERS (4): Tyler Turner, Robert Castellanos, Jean Engola, Josh Turnley

MIDFIELDERS (4): Ryo Fujii, Adrian Vera, Miguel Aguilar, Andre Zanga

FORWARDS (3): Ethan Zubak, Adonis Amaya, Justin Dhillon

Per USL rules, a total of 30 players are allowed on a USL team’s roster at any time. In addition to those 30 roster spots, five Academy players are permitted to be members of that roster, for a total of 35.

With 13 players currently signed to USL contracts with Galaxy II, Galaxy and Galaxy Academy players will fill out the remaining space on the Galaxy II roster.

At any point in the season, the Galaxy’s MLS and Academy players are allowed to be made inactive or active on Galaxy II’s roster, with USL rules allowing the club to fluidly move players in and out of the 30-man roster throughout the season.

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Weekend recap: Galaxy take advantage of 10-man RSL to record first victory

The Galaxy is winless no more.

Thanks to a pair of second-half goals (Dave Romney and Emmanuel Boateng), the Galaxy defeated Real Salt Lake, 2-1, Saturday night for their first victory of the year.

RSL jumped ahead 1-0 in the 11th minute. Romney tied the game in the 69th and then Boateng sealed it his tap in on a nice cross from Romain Alessandrini.

RSL went down to 10 men after Kyle Beckerman picked up two yellow cards (34th and 44th minutes).

They said it:

Curt Onalfo on fight from the team:

“You could see the character of the team in the first two games of the year… It took strength of character to get back in it. I thought we showed enormous grit. I thought we pressed and we used the space of the extra player, and that doesn’t always happen, so easier said than done, especially when you’re on the road. Credit to the guys for a great effort and more importantly being intelligent tactically in the way we played.”

Jermaine Jones on the victory:

“I say it always. The team is young. It’s a process. We have to build something and we’re building. Of course, wins help building. It helps people to believe and it helps to keep the outside quiet.”

up next: The Galaxy is off until Aug. 1. The time away should help Gyasi Zardes, Ashley Cole and Giovani dos Santos heal up from their injuries.

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Report: MLS not happy with Galaxy social media meme

The Galaxy digital team is one of the more creative in sports and this week, that creativity reached a new level with a viral video mocking the Portland Timbers in regards to Saturday’s two fouls that led to two yellow cards for Jelle Van Damme.

Take a look for yourself. The video has been RT’d more than 37,000 times and liked nearly 54,000 times.

Sports Illustrated insider Grant Wahl reported that MLS will address the video with the Galaxy

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Sunday Galaxy gameday: Depth to be tested against Portland

No. Gyasi Zardes. No Ashley Cole. No Jermaine Jones. No. Dave Romney. No Robbie Rogers.

Other than that, things are looking good for the Galaxy as they prepare for the second game of the season today against the Portland Timbers.

Jones and Romney were both hit with one-game suspensions and will miss today’s game.

Portland scored five goals in their season opener last week. The new-look Galaxy defense could be in a rough day.

Gameday preview: Shorthand Galaxy faces Portland

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Jermaine Jones and Dave Romney suspended for Sunday’s game

The Galaxy will be without two starters Sunday with midfielder Jermaine Jones and defender Dave Romney receiving one-game suspensions.

The rulings were handed down Wednesday by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Jones was suspended and issued an undisclosed fine for “serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent” for his foul against Cristian Colman in the 17th minute of Saturday’s game against FC Dallas.

Jones did receive a yellow card on the play.

Romney was found guilty of embellishment on a fouled to a penalty kick for the Galaxy in the second half.

Both will miss Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers (4 p.m.; FS1)

 

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Curt Onalfo and the Galaxy turn their sights toward Portland Timbers

The Galaxy opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday. This week, they’re back home against another tough opponent as the Portland Timbers enter town for a Sunday (4 p.m.; FS1).

Portland opened the season with a dominating 5-1 victory over Minnesota United, Friday.

Galaxy before taking the field in opener against FC Dallas; Photo Credit: Robert Mora and Stephanie Romero

“I thought we controlled the game,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said Tuesday of last week’s opener. “When you looked back on it, we dictated the game on both sides of the ball. So, what I liked it, is that I thought we built very, very well from our goalkeeper out. We created chances out of the run of play in transition and on set pieces, enough chances where you should win the game.

“What I’m not happy about is the goals we conceded. I thought they were soft goals and goals that can be prevented. That part, I wasn’t pleased with, but if you look overall at the performance, a lot of really good things to build on.”

The Galaxy can’t have the type of lapses they had against FC Dallas. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi both scored a pair of goals last week.

“I think they’re the best team in MLS at this point,” Onalfo said of Portland. “They’re at full strength, they’re attacking players are playing very well as you could have seen from their 5-1 result. They’re very good defensively as well.”

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U.S. Women National Team set sights on SheBelieves Cup

The U.S. women’s national team begins play in this year’s SheBelieves Cup, Wednesday against Germany.

The tournament also features France and England.

England open the tournament against France on Wednesday (1 p.m. FOX Sports GO). The U.S. will follow against Germany at 4 p.m. on FS1.

The teams will then move to New Jersey for March 4 action. France faces Germany (11:15 a.m. FOX Sports GO), followed by the U.S and Englad at 2 p.m. on FOX.

The tournament concludes March 7 at RFK Stadium as Germany takes on England (1 p.m. FOX Sports GO), followed by the U.S. and France (4 p.m., FS1).

“We’ve now had two camps together this year and I’ve seen some good things across the board,” U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis said. “Now we’re looking to translate that into three games against fantastic opponents. We will be greatly tested and these are the moments where you learn the most about yourself which is exactly what we need right now.”

Here is the final roster for the U.S.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2017 SheBelieves Cup Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)

FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

 

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The Orange County Soccer Club announces new signings

The Orange County Soccer Club announced the signing of former Seattle Sounders

Orange County Soccer Club

goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, former Galaxy II defender Joe Franco and Santa Ana native Amirgy Pineda.

Lyon, who attended Marquette University, spent the previous two years with the Sounders, playing mostly with Sounders 2.

Franco, 27, joined Galaxy II in 2014 and helped lead the club to the Western Conference title in 2015. He played with Miami FC of the NASL last year.

Pineda, 19, was born and raised in Santa Ana. He trained at the Nike Academy in England and was eventually signed to the LA Galaxy Academy.

The club opens preseason play, Saturday at LMU (1 p.m.). The regular season begins May 6 against Galaxy II.

 

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Galaxy facing injury concerns as preseason continues

The start of the 2017 season is quickly approaching and the Galaxy might be without two returning starters for the March 4 opener.

Forward Gyasi Zardes, who missed the end of the regular season after suffering a broken bone in his right foot in August, recently had “minor” surgery on his right knee, coach Curt Onalfo confirmed Tuesday.

Zardes originally injured the knee during training camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team, forcing him to miss the two friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica.

“He’s progressing fine with his rehab,” Onalfo said. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to start moving early next week.”

Defender Robbie Rogers is bothered by an ankle injury that has kept him off of the training field.

“He’s still recovering from his ankle surgery,” Onalfo said of Rogers. “I don’t anticipate him to be available to start the season.”

Rafael Garcia has replaced Rogers at right back in each of the two preseason games so far.

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