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Galaxy II Continue Losing Skid with 2-1 loss vs. Switchbacks

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Galaxy II striker Ethan Zubak frustrated with his head down | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 10, 2017

Despite improvements in play, LA Galaxy II drop three more points at home in a tough loss vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

The first half saw significant changes tactically for Los Dos. Manager Mike Munoz instructed his team to adopt a defensive shape. He had a good reason to implement it. Galaxy II have conceded multiple goals in seven of the last 11 matches played.

The shape was working. Galaxy II’s two lines of four were stifling every Switchbacks attack and they were forced to hit it around the defense to change the focal point of the attack.

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Galaxy II forward Ethan Zubak denied a goal while teammate Justin Dhillon looks on | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer News | June 10, 2017

As a result of their defensive solidity, they were able to hit on the counter with pace. Forwards Ethan Zubak and Justin Dhillon were constantly making runs to unsettle the defense.

What also helped the counter attack was the play of left midfielder Jonathan Hernandez. He was a constant threat and was making great decisions on the ball, either beating the fullback, or putting in a good cross. He had a shot on goal in the 22nd minute as he hit a shot from out side of the box.

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Galaxy II midfielder Jonathan Hernandez dribbling past Switchbacks player | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 10, 2017

Despite success on the counter, they were unable to take advantage and the scoreline stayed 0-0 at halftime.

The second half saw the team unravel. They weren’t keeping their shape and the Switchbacks had chances to score. Los Dos got let off the hook as a potential own goal was ruled offside early on in the second half.

The Switchbacks broke the deadlock in the 65th minute as Kevaughn Frater got on the end of a cross and headed it past keeper Bennett Sneddon.

Munoz had to make a substitution to change the game as fullback Zico Bailey came off for forward Adonis Amaya after the goal.

Galaxy II began to press to take the game to the Switchbacks and the tied the game in the 80th minute as Justin Dhillon struck a world class shot past keeper Moise Pouaty near post to make it 1-1.

While pushing to get the winner, the had another lapse in concentration as Kevaughn Frater put another header past Sneddon in the 90th minute to make it 2-1. The scoreline would stay the same at fulltime.

Despite the change in approach, Los Dos allowed another multiple goal game making it 8 games out of 12 where they conceded more than one goal. This is their third consecutive loss and have not won since May 14. Despite flashes of good play, HC Muñoz admits it’s still a work in progress for his young squad,

“You learn from failure. You learn from mistakes. But you have to make sure it doesn’t happen anymore. Right now, it’s still happening. We’ll go back this week…obviously another tough game against Rio Grande away so I’m really curious to see how my team reacts this week.”

Galaxy II need to increase their goalscoring as they have only scored 9 goals in 12 games. Zubak, Dhillon, and Amaya lead the team with two goals each. As a team used to being near the top of the Western Conference in the USL, they need to start scoring to propel the team up the standings as the season rolls on into the summer.

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