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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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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Markhus Lacroix scores a pair to lead Orange County SC to victory

Newly-branded Orange County Soccer Club opened the 2017 USL season in style with a 2-0 victory over Reno 1868 FC, Saturday.

Markhus “Duke” Lacroix scored in the 30th minute and added another in the 45th to seal the victory. This is Lacroix’s first year in Orange County, having spent the previous two years with Indy Eleven of the NASL.

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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.

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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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The Orange County Soccer Club announces new signings

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

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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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Former Galaxy defender lands at Orange County SC

Oscar Sorto has signed with the Orange County SC, the club announced Thursday.

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Sorto, 22, is a former Galaxy Homegrown Player. He made five appearances for the first team, spending the majority of his with Galaxy II.

He was signed as a Homegrown Player in 2012 by the Galaxy. Sorto was the first defender to be signed directly from the Galaxy Academy.

Sorto was out of contract with the Galaxy following the 2016 season.

“We are excited for Oscar to join our organization,” Orange County SC coach Logan Pause said. “He is a talented young full back, who immediately strengthens our team and we are keen to continue his development.”

OCSC is the official affiliate of Los Angeles Football Club.

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Galaxy II coaching staff finalized

The coaching staff for LA Galaxy II was finalized Wednesday.

Mike Munoz was hired recently as coach to replace Curt Onalfo. Laurent Courtois and Claine Plummer were added to the staff. Plummer will take role of Goalkeeper coach.

Courtois, 38, was a player/coach for the team’s first season in 2014. His professional career dates back to 1998, with stops at AC Ajaccio, Toulouse, Istres, Grenoble and Lyon. He also played in the Premier League with West Ham United and Spain with Levante.

Plummer has had coaching stops with Chivas USA, Cal State LA, UCLA, Chicago Fire Academy, Jamaican National Team and Real Salt Lake Academy. As a player, he was a member of A.D. Limonese in the Costa Rican First Division after four years as a starting goalkeeper for Cal State LA.

“Laurent is a great addition to our staff, not only because of his extensive experience in soccer, but also his experience with soccer in Los Angeles,” Muñoz said. “With our goalkeeping position, Claine’s wide range of experience and success coaching soccer at the youth and collegiate level is going to make him a very effective piece of this staff.”

Los Dos will kick off the 2017 campaign at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on Saturday, March 25 when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

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Orange County SC acquires Salomon Wbias on loan

Orange County SC announced Thursday the signing of Mexican youth national team defender Salomón Wbias on a season-long loan from from Pachuca of Liga MX.

Wbias, 20, is a central defender and has played at the U-15, U-17 and U-20 Mexican National teams.

“We are thrilled to welcome a world class talent like Salomon to our organization and demonstrate our intention to showcase some of the most talented young players from Orange County and around the globe” Orange County SC General Manger Oliver Wyss said.

Orange County SC is the USL affiliate of Los Angeles Football Club, who will debut in Major League Soccer next year.

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