This Saturday, LA Galaxy II will open up the USL season at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps II. Both teams will look to start the season with three points in the bag.
Los Dos finished last season fifth place in the Western Conference and will look to improve this season as they lost in the USL championship game. With several former Galaxy II players moving on to the first team due to injuries and suspensions, the Galaxy II will look to using more academy talent this season as they will look to streamline more academy graduates into the first team.
In 2016, LA Galaxy II scored the most goals in the USL helping them to their third consecutive playoff appearance, but much of them have now signed professional contracts with the LA Galaxy this season, but may get looks this season for Los Dos.
Much of the responsibility lies on young forward Ethan Zubak, who was recently named in the USL’s top 5 under-20 players.
— USL (@USL) March 22, 2017
In his first season with the club, he scored 2 goals in 22 appearances last season, and will look to lead the line as former Galaxy II forward Jack McBean has been called up to the Galaxy’s first team. He’s got big shoes to fill as McBean and former academy graduates such as Ariel Lassiter and Chandler Hoffman were able to hit the double digit mark in goals in each of the last three seasons.
— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) March 23, 2017
Another forward who will look to make his mark this season for Los Dos is Adonis Amoya. The 20-year-old exploded in the second half of the season as he scored four goals and assisted five. His pace helped create many chances for his side last season and will look to help Zubak in sharing the load of goal scoring this season.
Returning players like Ryo Fujii and Adrian Vera will look to cement their place this season and make their mark to compliment a very talented squad.
Galaxy II coach Mike Munoz is excited about this season as he will look to improve this squad for the next 2-3-4 years and groom the next generation of Galaxy talent, but expects them to step up this season:
“The plan now is to being a second cycle with Galaxy II and really invest 2-3-4 years of the next crop the next group coming through. As you can see the depth that we have right now from the first team down that academy kids are going to be required and it’s time for them to step up for Galaxy II”.
If Los Angeles are able to maintain their goal scoring form from last season, they should be able to beat Vancouver and begin their season on the right foot.
Los Dos 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps II
The game will be at 2:00 PM March 25 at the StubHub Center track and field stadium and there will be free parking in lot 17 through gate A.
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