The LA Galaxy II Experiment

USL Pro team gives an opportunity for players to get regular playing time
by Jamie Pham   |   Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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The LA Galaxy started an USL PRO team aptly named, LA Galaxy II in hopes of having their younger players play regular minutes throughout the 2014 season. Though some players like Rafael Garcia and Jack McBean have been with the team for a few years, they’ve only played a handful of minutes with the first team.

With the LA Galaxy II, they are able to start and play each game regularly. This also gives Homegrown players and SuperDraft picks like Raul Mendiola, Charlie Rugg and Kyle Venter playing time and a chance for them to develop. Garcia is even captaining the brand new team. 

Without the USL team, who knows where and when they would have an opportunity to play other than a handful of reserve league games and the US Open Cup. This way, when they are called up to the 1st team, they are fit and ready to play.

Another thing is this gives players coming back from injury a chance to regain their fitness and gauge where they are at in their recovery. Kofi Opare spent a few games with the USL side and re-joined the first team last weekend against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Robbie Rogers also played 39 minutes last weekend against Sacramento Republic. Rogers is coming back from a left ankle injury and hopes to return to the first team in a few weeks.

In 4 games so far this season, LA Galaxy II are 2-1-1 with 7 points and are currently third in the standings. Chandler Hoffman and Daniel Steres lead the team with two goals apiece and Mendiola is leading the league with 3 assists. 

NEXT UP: April 19 – LA Galaxy II v Orange County Blues, StubHub Center, Carson, Calif. 10:30 p.m. EST, streaming on LA Galaxy’s YouTube channel.

Jamie PHAM

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Pasadena City College
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LA Galaxy
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Arsenal
Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.
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