Without a doubt, LA Galaxy II’s player of the season is Jack McBean. Even though he did not play the whole season with Los Dos, McBean changed the way the second team played, and without him, they were a different side.
Jack McBean started the season out on the right foot, scoring three goals – including a brace against St. Louis – in the first three matches of the campaign. His form in front of goal skyrocketed from there.
Following the match against the OC Blues, McBean scored in four consecutive games. In the fourth game of that stretch, the Huntington Beach-native netted three times against Colorado Springs to give Los Dos a 3-2 victory.
The goals did start to dry up a little bit, however. His barnstorming start ended with merely six goals scored in his last eight appearances with Los Dos.
On August 19th, Jack McBean was loaned to English League One outfit, Coventry City. Bruce Arena said about the move:
Once Jack McBean left LA Galaxy II, Los Dos struggled. In five of their last eight matches, points were dropped. Three of those ended in defeat, two were 1-1 draws against the Sacramento Republic; both draws occurred after Los Dos gained leads in the first half.
Then, LAGII were ousted in the first round of the USL Cup Playoffs as the Swope Park Rangers handed them a 3-0 defeat to cap off a poor end to the 2016 season.
This shows just how important McBean was to the young G’s this season. He was their offensive outlet, always willing to have a go from just about anywhere in the final third of the pitch. Even though he missed the last two months of the season, McBean still finished as the club’s leading goal scoring, finishing with 15 league goals.
To put that number into perspective, the next two leading goal scorers on the team, Ariel Lassiter and Jose Villarreal, finished with 15 for the season combined.
Could Los Dos have had a better end to their season had McBean been able to stick around? One can only guess.