Despite some early chances for Sacramento Republic FC, LA Galaxy II got on the score sheet first in the 18th minute. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias received the ball in the middle of the field and attacked the center of the defense. Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković stepped up to try to make a tackle in the box, but Covarrubias was able to slide a pass to Jamie Villareal on the left wing. Villareal took one touch and sent a shot near post and past keeper Patrick McLain for an early 1-0 Los Dos lead.
Republic FC were relentless going into halftime, with a flurry of chances coming from Max Alvarez, Emrah Klimenta, David Estrada and Justin Braun. A few missed shots and a diving save from LA Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop kept the scoreline 1-0 in favor of Los Dos going into halftime.
LA Galaxy II came out firing in the second half, scoring in the 47th minute. After a giveaway in the middle of the field, Los Dos swung the ball out wide to Jack McBean, who sent a cross into the box for midfielder Ariel Lassiter. Lassiter skied over the defense and drilled a header off of McLain’s glove which then hit the bottom of the crossbar and down past the line for a goal.
LA Galaxy II added another goal in the 50th minute when midfielder Andre Auras bent a free kick over the wall and past a diving McLain, who got a glove to it, and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
LA Galaxy II forward McBean scored Los Dos’ fourth and final goal in the 76th minute. The goal pushed the final score line to 4-0 in favor of the visitors.
“Sometimes that is football”, said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “You just don’t get the result you are looking for. I am really proud of our effort.”
Republic FC will be back in action on Tuesday, July 14, when they take on English Premier League side, Sunderland AFC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
Scoring Summary: LA – Jamie Villareal (Alejandro Covarrubias) 17, Ariel Lassiter (Jack McBean) 47, Andre Auras 50, Jack McBean 76
Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Octavio Guzman (caution) 49; LA – Alejandro Covarrubias (caution) 55
LA Galaxy II – Clement Diop; Joe Franco, Lee Nishanian (Christian Onalfo 90), Bradley Diallo, Malcolm Jones; Ariel Lassiter (Ryo Fuji 90), Alejandro Covarrubias, Andre Auras, Jamie Villareal (Adrian Vera 83); Travis Bowen (Kainoa Bailey 84), Jack McBean
Subs Not Used: Bennett Sneddon, Ethan Zubak, Michael Lopez.
Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 3, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 1.
Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; James Kiffe (Thomas Stewart 73), Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Emrah Klimenta; Max Alvarez (Danny Barrera 65), Octavio Guzman (Cameron Iwasa 70), Ivan Mirković, Rodrigo Lopez (Derek Foran 79); David Estrada (Kaleemullah 67), Justin Braun
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez
Stats: Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 7, Corner Kicks: 10, Offside: 2.