Weekend TV Soccer Highlights: LA Galaxy, USMNT Gold Cup roster and more

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USL: LA Galaxy II bounces back from mid-week loss

Following the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy II (2-5-1, seven points) made it a perfect 2-for-2 with their 2-1 victory over New York Red Bulls II.

After allowing an early goal, Adonis Amaya (49th minute) and Justin Dhillon (72nd) scored the goals for Galaxy II to preserve the victory.

Nathan Smith started in defense for LA Galaxy II. Smith might be back with first team next week with Bradley Diallo getting sent off with two yellow cards in the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory against the Red Bulls.

“I’m really, really happy for the team,” coach Mike Munoz said. “Obviously it’s been a tough couple weeks. We asked for a response, we asked for a reaction. Even going a goal down, the boys fought for 90 minutes and we thoroughly deserved to get the three points today.”

The starting 11 for LA Galaxy II averaged 19.7 years of age.

 

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ICYMI Humpday Roundup: LA Galaxy, USWNT and more

More bad news for the Galaxy: Another starter bites the dust.

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Orange County Soccer Club gets off on right foot at home

The Orange County Soccer Club played their first game at home this season and had a smashing debut, trouncing LA Galaxy II, 4-0 at the Orange County Great Park of Irvine in the second I-405 Derby.

OCSC (3-1-1, 10 points) will play their home games at the Great Park and will eventually move into a permanent stadium at the same location once it is completed.

Jerry van Ewjik scored a pair of goals and Wulito Fernandes added another for OCSC.

LA Galaxy II (1-4-1, six points) will return to the field Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Real Monarchs SLC and then travel to New York to face Red Bulls II, Sunday at 6 p.m.

Orange County SC will be on the road next Saturday at Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

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USL: Galaxy and Orange County SC play to 1-1 draw

In what is being billed as the I-405 Derby, Galaxy II and Orange County SC settled for a 1-1 draw in their first meeting of 2017 in front of a crowd of 2,225, Saturday.

OCSC opened the scoring thanks to an own goal in the 50th minute. In the 66th minuted, Adrian Vera knocked home a rebound after a free kick from Ari Lassiter hit the crossbar to even the score at 1-1.

The teams will face off again May 6 in Irvine.

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USL: Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joins Phoenix Rising FC

Didier Drogba, who last played with the Montreal Impact, has resurfaced with Phoenix Rising FC in the USL as player-owner.

Drogba, 39, will play with the club and then transition into an executive role with the MLS expansion franchise ownership group.

Phoenix Rising FC has a star-studded roster. Along with Drogba, the likes of former England national team and Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mexican national team veteran Omar Bravo are also on the roster. Former Galaxy coach Frank Yallop is the coach.

Phoenix Rising FC is one of 12 groups bidding to win an MLS expansion berth.

If you’re interested, Phoenix Rising FC comes to StubHub Center May 27 and Aug. 5 to face Galaxy II and July 8 and Aug. 18 they will face Orange County Soccer club at Great Park in Irvine.

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