Could the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves be playing in USL Pro next season? Manager Bruce Arena dropped a major league hint this week.
From the View’s perspective, this is a great move. If the Galaxy Reserves do join USL Pro next year, it would spark a major rivalry with the Los Angeles Blues and allow the Galaxy to engage in two local derbies in different leagues. In addition, Orlando City may be seeing a stern challenge from the Galaxy Reserves in terms of their league title defense..
“We’re going to try to do [this] ourselves next year and have our own USL team. We think that a number of our players this year could be benefit like [Jose] Villarreal, [Jack] McBean, [Oscar] Sorto, [Bryan] Gaul, [Kenney] Walker, [Greg] Cochrane, [Chandler] Hoffman,” said Arena to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Those type of players when they’re not getting consistent minutes, if we have our own USL team then we have the advantage of them going there on a full time basis or moving them back and forth.
“The Reserve League still isn’t the right mechanism and it’s very difficult to do with the schedules and everything else. I think that a separate team, separate league, with more players is the way to go.”
The Galaxy’s new Under-23 team may be the side that ends up entering the competition next season.
“We’re looking for a place we can evaluate where our Homegrown college kids and have a training environment for them in the offseason,” said technical director Jovan Kirovski. “It’s something where we’re looking for the possibilities of being a USL team. That means that we could sign kids earlier, it should serve as a stepping stone to our first team.
“We can also have our young academy kids go through there. “We had some of our U-18’s who played last year play [on Tuesday] as well as some of the U-16’s, we also had college kids, so it’s a chance to for us to keep track of them. It’s great for these young kids to have a place to play and maybe, one day, play in our first team.”
As for the Galaxy Reserves, they played the Colorado Rapids to a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Charlie Rugg (22′) and Chandler Hoffman (33′) scored for the Galaxy Reserves, who improve to 4-1-4. LA wrap up the Reserve League season on Oct. 7 against Chivas USA.
LA Galaxy 2, Colorado Rapids 2
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
StubHub Center – University Field #1 – Carson, Calif.
COL – Oscar Sorto (OG) 9’
LA – Charlie Rugg (Chandler Hoffman) 22’
LA – Chandler Hoffman (Laurent Courtois, Colin Clark) 33’
COL – Danny Mwanga (unassisted) 88’
LA – Colin Clark (Yellow Card) 18’
COL – Anthony Wallace (Yellow Card) 24’
LA – Hector Jimenez (Yellow Card) 41’
LA Galaxy: Brian Perk; Oscar Sorto (Jeffery Quezada^, 76’), Tommy Meyer, Greg Cochrane, Colin Clark (Malcolm Jones^, 68’); Laurent Courtois, Hector Jimenez, Rafael Garcia ©, Raul Mendiola^; Charlie Rugg (Bradford Jamieson^, 50’), Chandler Hoffman
Subs Not Used: Cesar Jerez^, Adonis Amaya^
^ – Galaxy Academy Players
Rapids: Matt Pickens, Brian Mullan, Diego Calderon, Brenton Griffiths, Dillon Serna, Anthony Wallace (Luke Vercollone**, 76’), Martin Rivero (Deshorn Brown, 58’), Jaime Castrillon, Kamani Hill, Tony Cascio, Danny Mwanga
Subs: Steward Ceus, Kortne Thompson-Ford*, Enda O’Neill*, Isaac Martinez*
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
Referee’s Assistants: Omar Meza, Mehmet Aksin
4th Official: Jess Yzaguirre
Shots: 8(6) 12(3)
Shots on Goal: 5(3) 4(0)
Saves: 4(0) 2(1)
Fouls: 10(5) 10(7)
Full time total (first half total)
Meanwhile, on the first team, Gyasi Zardes is hoping for better efforts on the left flank, as he has been out of his game for most of the year as a rookie. Zardes, historically, has had low grades for his effort on our player ratings and needs to step his game up. And he knows it.
“I feel like I have to be consistent and that’s the way that it is with everyone,” Zardes told Serrano. “You just have to practice hard and take every single opportunity and really place importance on repetition. Like when I cross the ball well, I need to do it again and again.
“I just try to be a threat with every opportunity that I get and that’s just going to ease the pain from Landon and Robbie when I am dangerous. I feel like when I make a run, I have to be a threat, they have to be goal scoring opportunities and when I get a chance, I have to put it away.”
As for the rest of the first team, D.C. United is a team not to be overlooked. The league’s worst team fell to Chivas USA 1-0 last weekend but may be due for what could be the biggest victory of their sorry year.
“I think we’re well aware of that fact; we’re not going to overlook them,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “We’d be real stupid to feel that way. If there’s a lesson to be learned in this league it’s there’s no given.”
“Without a doubt this is a good team,” added defender Todd Dunivant. “The results haven’t shown it. They have good players who will hurt you if you give them a chance. There’s no pressure on them, and they can come out free and easy and play aggressive.
“Anyone who’s been in this league knows how difficult it is to win on any given day, no matter if you’re playing the best team in the league or the team at the bottom of the table. We’re not fooled by D.C.’s record. I think right away we’re setting the tone this week that it’s going to be a tough 90 minutes, and we have to be prepared for that.”