The May of Discontent continued for the Los Angeles Galaxy organization on Wednesday, when Curt Onalfo’s LA Galaxy II acted like a bunch of thieving swindlers in their 2-1 defeat to Rudy Ybarra’s Ventura County Fusion in the 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup second round. If their intent was to rob the home fans of their money without giving in return a cup match victory, the aspiring con artists of this day have officially been schooled by a bunch of kids attempting to steal, then eat the senior side’s lunch.
In fact, the LA Galaxy II didn’t even do the courtesy of at least taking the match to penalties. It was the lack of intention of defending their home field that puts Los Dos on the list of also-rans in the race for the USL title this season, according to the View.
Hot Take time: the U.S. Soccer Federation needs to restrict this competition to the first teams of all the clubs in all the divisions. No second teams are allowed. This is how it is done in Europe, where reserve teams can only play in a league, and that’s it. Playing in a tournament like the U.S. Open Cup should be a privilege.
Only the Galaxy first team should play in this, and if I am a Los Dos player, I have to work my way on to the first team through strong production on the second team so I can get a chance to play for them in a round of the Open Cup. Win or lose, the LA Galaxy II gain nothing from being in a tournament like this, and the result justifies this fact.
Ariel Lassiter scored the only goal for Los Dos, in first half stoppage time. Abu Danladi scored the game-winner in the second minute of second half stoppage time for Ventura, while Matt LaGrassa put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute of play.
The fourth round draw is tomorrow, and if the organizers are smart, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy first team will be paired up to meet the winner between Ventura County and PSA Elite, who dismissed the Orange County Blues 2-1. Do not be surprised if the winner of the Galaxy’s first Open Cup match faces Carolina, the one team that has been on a run of form against Los Angeles and who the View are going to call to win again, should it take place.
Meanwhile, some other activities took place yesterday, including a visit to a renowned gang intervention program. From LAGalaxy.com…
In continuation of LA Galaxy’s 20 for Twenty community program, the LA Galaxy will visit Homeboy Industries Wednesday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. PT. Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based organization, is the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world and offers education, therapy, tattoo removal, substance abuse treatment, legal assistance, and job placement services to former gang members.
On Wednesday, over 20 LA Galaxy staff and various LA Galaxy players will visit the facilities in Los Angeles to participate in their Teambuilding Tamalada program and meet trainees of the program. While there, the staff and players will learn to make tamales from scratch with Homeboy Industries trainees. Scheduled to attend are LA Galaxy players A.J. DeLaGarza, Dan Gargan, Rafael Garcia and Alan Gordon in addition to Galaxy coach Matt Reis.
The Galaxy will also receive a tour of the Homeboy Industries facilities courtesy of the trainees.
Founded in 1992, Homeboy Industries serves former gang members of all ages through intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry while providing trainees with a number of education, legal and health services. All these services are provided in a trauma-informed, therapeutic community setting that also allows them to work on attachment repair and building healthy relationships with co-workers who may formerly have been members of rival gangs.