MILWAUKEE (July 12, 2011) – The LA Galaxy played their way into the driver’s seat of Group 1 with a convincing 4-0 win against Dallas Texans in their second Group 1 match at the 2011 Development Academy Finals Week.
The LA Galaxy faces West Conference foe Seattle Sounders in the third group match while Dallas Texans takes on Real So Cal. Both games kick off simultaneously on Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. CT.
Both teams started out strong and in the end, the Galaxy finished the match with nine players due to two red cards.
The Galaxy made three changes to the lineup from their previous game, including inserting U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team forward Jack McBean at center forward. The Southern California club created the first dangerous opportunity in the 16th minute, when Christopher Antunez sprinted to the sideline to save a ball that seemed destined for a throw in. Antunez sent in a long cross to McBean, who headed the ball on frame but Texans goalkeeper Kevin Wright was up to the task.
Just one minute later, Galaxy captain William Raygoza slipped a ball to McBean in the box. The striker received it with his back to goal, turned on his defender and sent a low drive into the lower right corner to give the Galaxy a lead they would never surrender.
After the goal, Texans earned a free kick on the right side and sent the ensuing cross into the six-yard box. Josh McNeely stepped out to punch the ball away, but a Texans forward got to it just a moment before, sending it inches over the crossbar.
Raygoza created another opportunity for the Galaxy in the 29th minute by weaving his way through three defenders and sending a blast to the near post that Wright did well to secure.
The Galaxy’s second goal came from midfielder Sean Dhillon off a pass from Sebastian Velasquez. Velasquez won the ball on the left side and dribbled into the middle, passing it wide to Sean Dhillon, who looked up and blasted a rocket from 30 yards out that curved slightly outward and nestled perfectly into the upper left corner.
Dallas had one of their best chances late in the half when Reis Woolley progressed down the right side and left his defender behind. He sent a driven ball across the box that McNeely did well to attack and smother.
In the second half, Woolley had another chance in the 49th minute when a ball was slipped behind the defense that he tried to chase down. McNeely did well to leave his line quickly and arrived first, saving the breakaway.
The Galaxy found themselves down to 10 men in the 51st minute after first-half sub Ivan Vasquez was sent off. Despite being a man down, the Galaxy struck again in the 59th minute with a goal orchestrated by McBean and executed by Justin Dhillon. McBean fought off a defender on the left touchline, managing to stay on his feet and keep the ball from rolling out of bounds. He carried the ball up the left flank deep into the area. Wright moved to his right to cut down McBean’s angle, and the forward deftly passed it to Dhillon in front of the open goal for an easy tap-in.
Sean Dhillon completed his brace in the 68th minute when Antunez sent a ball from the left that landed in the 18-yard-box in the middle of three defenders. Sean took a few touches before blasting it past Wright from close range. Two minutes later, the Galaxy went down yet another man after Antunez was sent off.
Now holding a two-man advantage but down by four goals, Dallas kept pressuring the Galaxy defense and in the 72nd minute sent in a long cross that a forward got a head on, but sent it just wide of the frame. Woolley tried his luck again in the second minute of stoppage time with a shot that went through traffic toward the lower corner, but McNeely saw the strike well and held it cleanly to secure the shutout.
- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -
Match: Dallas Texans vs. LA Galaxy
Date: July 12, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-15/16 - Group 1
Venue: Marquette University High School; Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 77 degrees, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Dallas Texans 0 0 0
LA Galaxy 2 2 4
LAG – Jack McBean (William Raygoza) 17th minute
LAG – Sean Dhillon (Sebastian Velasquez) 33
LAG – Justin Dhillon (Jack McBean) 59
LAG – Sean Dhillon (Christopher Antunez) 68
LAG: 38-Josh McNeely; 32-Ludwing Vargas (34-Ivan Vasquez, 40+2), 46-Vincent Reyes, 77-Matthew Tilley, 50-Christopher Antunez; 42-Sean Dhillon, 45-William Raygoza (29-Drew Murphy, 73), 28-Grady Howe; 53-Sebastian Velasquez (37-Sagar Jambusaria, 65), 7-Jack McBean (30-Francisco Magallon, 80+3), 40-Justin Dhillon (3-Kevin Labastida, 75)
Subs not used: 39-Grayson Cornwell, 48-Eric Gonzalez
Head Coach: Kenny Arena
DAL: 87-Kevin Wright (1-Collin Hall, 72); 25-Garrett Yancey (28-Jose Balderas, 65), 37-Jack Blanton (29-Jonathan Kotowski, 41), 31-Brandon Aubrey, 27-Vernon Bailey (40-Ryan Ward, 72); 44-Alec Petit (42-Sylvester Contreras, 41), 38-Andre Reyes, 32-Brody Hickey, 35-Geoffrey Hill; 7-Reis Woolley, 43-Christian Soldat (41-Jason Machado, 64)
Subs not used: None.
Head Coach: Dave Hudgell
Stats Summary: LAG / DAL
Shots: 14 / 8
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 15 / 13
Offside: 0 / 0
LAG – Ivan Vasquez (sent off) 53rd minute
LAG – Jack McBean (caution) 58
DAL – Vernon Baily (caution) 61
DAL – Jason Machado (caution) 63
LAG – Christopher Antunez (sent off) 70
DAL – Brandon Aubrey (caution) 76
Referee: Ben Trevino
Assistant Referee 1: Marc Lawrence
Assistant Referee 2: Cedric Adams
Fourth Official: Joshua Brooks
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Jack McBean (LA Galaxy)