Curt Onalfo’s Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves return to action this Saturday at the StubHub Center against Daryoush Yazdani’s Los Angeles Blues at the newly-renamed StubHub Center. While the Galaxy are merely 1-1-1 (four points), they have several games in hand over a number of opponents in the West Division of the MLS Reserve League.
As for the Blues, they are 5-5-4 (19 points) and have been greatly inconsistent with their results this season and need a win badly to remain in contention in USL Pro. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves and the Los Angeles Blues from the Hub.
1. Gyasi Zardes with a goal and an assist
The man to watch for the Reserves is Gyasi Zardes, who is still finding his stride as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy first team. Zardes will get a goal and an assist for his troubles.
2. The Galaxy will dominate key match statistics
The Los Angeles Galaxy will be making its presence felt in a number of match statistics. It will dominate in shots, shots on goal and saves.
3. Here comes Chandler Hoffman
Chandler Hoffman broke through the last time these two teams met in the 17th minute of play. This time around, Hoffman will again get the better of the Blues defense in the first half.
4. Oh boy! It’s Hector Jimenez!
Hector Jimenez has also been doing his share for both the reserves and the first team, and against a third-division side like the Blues, you can expect Jimenez to score one. He will do so in the first half.
5. Michael Stephens strikes again
Another key component in the Galaxy’s campaign has been the play of Michael Stephens. He was on goal in the last meeting between these two teams and will be on goal again.
6. At least three saves from Brian Rowe
After a disappointing performance last week against Real Salt Lake, Brian Rowe will look to atone for a dismal showing by making at least four saves against the Blues.
7. Shay Spitz keeps on rolling
One of the scoring revelations for the Los Angeles Blues has been the play of former Kitchee ace Shay Spitz, who scored in the 72nd minute for the Blues. Spitz will also score in the second half against the Galaxy.
8. Allan Russell shows his character
Los Angeles Blues captain Allan Russell is a proven finisher and a proven leader. He will score late in the second half to make the final scoreline a little bit more respectable.
9. Under 20 fouls and four yellows
This will be a fast-moving game, but there won’t be too much physical play in this one. Under 20 fouls will be whistled and less than four yellow cards will issued, with no players sent off.
10. Another win for the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves
This should be a straightforward affair for the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves, who are intent on putting their best foot forward for the remainder of their MLS Reserve League campaign.
Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves 4, Los Angeles Blues 2