Despite a second half surge, defensive woes continued for LA Galaxy II in their 3-2 loss against Sacramento Republic.
In the last three games, Los Dos have opted to play with a defensive shape implemented by manager Mike Muñoz, and for good reason. They have conceded multiple goals in 8 of 13 matches before their match vs. Sacramento.
Munoz first opted for a defensive shape against Colorado Springs Switchbacks back on June 10. Despite the change, they still conceded two goals and dropped three points in their quest to rise up in the Western Conference table.
The shape worked in the following match away from home vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros as they won 1-0.
With grabbing a late win, they sought to keep their momentum on Sunday against the then-fifth placed team in the Western Conference.
As expected, Los Dos started the game defensively, but they were unable to contain the attacks coming from the away side. As they were trying to press and steal the ball in their defensive half, Sacramento was able to pass their way through the press and put the back line under pressure.
Sacramento would get a chance to take the lead after the 10th minute as Robert Castellanos‘ hand hit a ball whipped into the box. The Republic would then go ahead as the penalty was dispatched by Jeremy Hall.
Sacramento would then go up 2-0 four minutes later as Tyler Blackwood went unmarked as his header went into the near post.
To make matters worse, the away side would make it 3-0 in the 19th minute as a deflection landed at the feet of Trevan Cesar.
Sacramento continued to use the long ball tactic in the first half, and it was working. With field position as an advantage for the Republic, they were able to hold possession and constantly put Los Dos under the sword and create chances.
Fortune changed for Galaxy II in the second half as goals by Justin Dhillon and Adrian Vera made it 3-2, but it was too little to late as Sacramento took home all three points.
Los Dos need to turn things around defensively, they’ve now conceded multiple goals in 9 of the last 14 matches played.
They will look to turn their fortunes around as they host Swope Park Rangers on Friday June 30 at the StubHub Center Track and Field.
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