SUNDAY: It’s a quick turnaround for SD Loyal as it continues a weeklong road trip with a second away match in four days. This time it visits LA Galaxy in a match slated to be broadcasted on ESPN+.
SD Loyal is coming off a loss at Tacoma Defiance this past Thursday night and it quickly had to prepare for its next match. Coach Landon Donovan’s team traveled from Washington State straight to the Los Angeles area for this match.
· SD Loyal
· LA Galaxy II
Sunday, Aug. 1
5 p.m. PT
Dignity Health Sports Park (Track Stadium)
18400 S Avalon Blvd,
Carson, CA 90746
SD Loyal will be looking to get back to earning points in the Pacific Division standings when it visits LA Galaxy II in the second match of a double-match week. Donovan’s team is coming off a 2-1 loss at Tacoma Defiance in which a pair of mistakes on the defensive side led to the pair of Tacoma goals. SD Loyal has lost two-in-a-row for the first time since starting the season 0-4 and then going on a nine game unbeaten streak. SD Loyal is trying to keep pace with division leader Phoenix Rising FC as it sits in third place, a point behind second place Orange County FC, heading into this weekend’s games. This could prove to be an important match as SD Loyal heads into another long home stand with four matches against Real Monarchs, and three division rivals in Tacoma, Las Vegas Lights and Orange County FC. It finishes a six-match month of August with a road match against Sacramento Republic Aug. 28. Against LA Galaxy Sunday, SD Loyal will be without defender Morgan Hackworth who was shown a red card late in the match against Tacoma Defiance July 29.
LA Galaxy II has had a roller coaster season. It started the 2021 USL Championship campaign near the top of the standings but never got on a roll with back-to-back wins. It is coming off a 3-0 win against last place and first-year club Oakland Roots SC. Joshua Drack, Carlos Harvey and Jorge Hernandez scored for coach Junior Gonzalez’ squad. LA Galaxy II also comes into this match with a 4-7-4 record with 16 points, sitting tied for fourth with Tacoma Defiance and Las Vegas Lights. Both of those teams are ahead of “Los Dos” in the tiebreaker. LA Galaxy II snapped a seven-match streak without a win after defeating Oakland. Its last win prior to last week was a May 29 victory against Orange County SC. Part of that streak without wins included a 2-1 loss to SD Loyal as it gave up late goals by Alejandro Guido and Miguel Berry in the first meeting between these clubs this season.