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LA Galaxy II Split Series With Orange County SC In I-405 Derby


In the third I-405 derby this season, Galaxy II managed to split the series with rivals Orange County SC with a 1-0 win at Stubhub Center Track & Field Stadium on Wednesday night after having been drawn and defeated in the two previous meetings.

Throughout the first-half, Los Dos approached the match with a defensive style after Orange County had been displaying a lot of side-to-side possession in the midfield from players like Richard Chaplow and Frank Olijve leading the way, however Orange County struggled to find a real penetration towards the middle of the Los Dos defense because of how well-organized the back-line had been. First-team members Nathan Smith and Bradley Diallo had a lot to do with containing key runs from Wuilito Fernandes, and Jerry Van Ewijk, who are the dependent ones up top for Orange County.

In the second-half, the tempo of the match increased when Raul Mendiola got on the scoreboard for Los Dos when he put one past Orange County’S Charlie Lyon in the 58th minute. That goal forced the visitors to push up in the attack, however, Los Dos goalkeeper Jon Kempin had himself an excellent game by making saves throughout the game, specifically in the 85th minute when he denied top goal-scorer Roy Meeus from converting a penalty. Los Dos would eventually hang on to their 1-0 lead to collect all three points.

Orange County’s Joe Franco shared his thoughts after the 1-0 defeat to Los Dos:

“It’s definitely hard, especially when you feel like you dominate the game, and you can get the three points out of this game. I felt we had the most possession in the first-half, even in the second-half, but I guess we let our foot off the gas a little bit, and really they just needed one opportunity and one goal.”

As for Ethan Zubak, he shared his thoughts about the team’s back-line and teammate Jon Kempin’s performance:

“The back-line was solid, coming together with some first-team and Los Dos guys, it’s not easy, but the way those guys handled the game was great, and with a goalie like Kempin back there being confident made the back-line feel confident, and it showed that they had a great game.”

Overall, this was an excellent win for Los Dos moving forward, extending their unbeaten streak to four, and as for Orange County the team will look to bounce back on August 5 when they take on San Antonio FC.

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