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LA Galaxy split San Diego Loyal in preseason scrimmages

Homegrown Jonathan Perez scored the winning goal for LA in the first match.

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The LA Galaxy hosted USL Championship side San Diego Loyal Saturday afternoon in a preseason scrimmage, and the Galaxy came away with a 1-0 win in the first 60-minute game, a 1-1 draw in the second set.

The goal in the first game was scored by Galaxy homegrown Jonathan Perez, who seems to have his shooting boots on in preseason and could find his breakthrough into the first team this year.

Greg Vanney’s opening lineup for the game was largely focused on the youngsters, with basically only Daniel Steres and Sacha Kljestan showing major experience for the XI.

The teams finished the first half scoreless, with Landon Donovan’s San Diego Loyal side playing a pretty strong XI from their squad.

But Mauricio Cuevas — officially on a LA Galaxy II contract at present, although he’s been training with the first team in preseason — set up Perez in the second half and that was the lone goal on the game.

But they played another 60 minutes, something the Galaxy didn’t mention on social media at all. San Diego was more forthcoming with details.

Galaxy 2021 draft pick Preston Judd scored a penalty for LA, while San Diego trialist CJ Fodrey tallied for the visitors to split that game at 1-1.

Vanney reflected on the day for his club.

The Galaxy are next in action next Saturday with a friendly against the New England Revolution. I believe this next game will be streamed by the club, so we can see some actual soccer, hopefully, before long.

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