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Los Dos: LA Galaxy II Drop Third Straight Match

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LA Galaxy II head coach Mike Muñoz | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 25, 2017

Returning from a two-game road trip, LA Galaxy II dropped their first home points of the season against Seattle Sounders II 2-1. They are now on a three-game losing streak and still out of the top 8 playoff spots. The game did not start well for Los Dos. They were unable to assert control in midfield and Sounders II looked sharp as they were getting behind the defense.

Sounders II broke the deadlock seven minutes as forward Felix Chenkam was able to capitalize on a mistake by Los Dos midfielder Ryo Fujii as he slotted the ball by keeper Bennett Sneddon. Things did not get better for Galaxy II as they conceded four minutes later as Sounder left-back Nouhou Tolo blasted a shot into the top left corner near the post to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

To make matters worse, Los Dos could have been dead and buried 20 minutes in as Chenkam failed to capitalize on another mistake in midfield as his shot went just wide of the target. Throughout the first half, Galaxy II could not establish rhythm because Seattle were beating them to every loose ball and controlling play in the center of the park.

For long spells, Los Dos had no answer for the Sounders II midfield three of Ray Saari, Francisco Narbon, and Zach Mathers. Galaxy II’s fullback were having a hard time containing the pace of Sounders II fullbacks Tolo and Brian Nana-Sinkham. Near the stroke of halftime, Los Dos were able to pull one back against the run of play as star forward Ethan Zubak was able to round Sounders II keeper Tyler Miller to make it 2-1.

The second half was not as open as the first. The Zubak goal put Sounders II on edge as they weren’t able to enjoy as much space as they had back in the first half. Los Dos, on the other hand, weren’t able to capitalize on the momentum they got before halftime as they had no answer for Seattle’s midfield. Similarly like before the end of the first half, Los Dos had a chance to level the score in added extra time in the second half as defender Hugo Arellano flicked the ball from a corner kick wide of the target. Sounders would hold on to win 2-1.

Man of the Match: Nouhou Tolo While there were many players for Sounders II that could have had the honour, Cameroonian left back Nouhou Tolo takes the plaudits after a tireless display. Tolo was a workhorse as he was getting up and down the pitch all game and was rewarded with a goal from a cracking finish past Bennett Sneddon. Los Dos had no answer for the Cameroonian international.

Whats Next for Los Dos? Dropping nine points from three games, LA Galaxy II will host Orange County Soccer Club at home on Saturday April 22. They will look to end their losing skid in a week’s time.

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