Mike Munoz could not have asked for a better start to his tenure as head coach of the LA Galaxy II. His side took apart the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 to begin the USL season, winning by a score of 2-0 at the Track and Field Stadium.
The big concern, which seems to be a trend at all levels of the organization already this year, are the injuries. All three subs used by Munoz were because of the knocks his players took. Miguel Aguilar, Tyler Turner and Adonis Amaya were all substituted because they could not work through the injuries.
It took all of six minutes for Los Dos to find the back of the net, and got some help with a mistake by the Vancouver goalkeeper. Baggio Husidic was simply trying to play a ball over the top to Ethan Zubak. However, Zubak never touched the ball as it rolled into the back of the net.
There could have been a second goal in the 20th minute after Adonis Amaya made a blistering run in behind the Vancouver defense. Once he was inside the box, though, Amaya was looking for contact and went down a little too easy after feeling a nudge on his back instead of attempting a shot.
The first good chance of the second half came three minutes before the hour mark. Husidic played another ball over the top to Zubak at the edge of the area. This time, the striker laid a pass off to Vera. Vera did well to avoid the initial slide challenge, but his eventual shot was snagged with ease by Spencer Richie, the visiting goalkeeper.
A second goal finally came for LAGII in the 67th minute. Bradford Jamieson IV took on a defender one on one and beat his man before sending a nice low cross towards the six yard box. Zubak was there to finally get on the score sheet, tapping one into the back of the net.
LA Galaxy II will hit the road for the next two matches to continue the young campaign and will hope that this performance is something they can build on. First, they’ll play San Antonio FC next Saturday night before taking on Phoenix Rising FC a week later.