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Local Rivals Real So Cal and LA Galaxy Battle to a 1-1 Tie in Their Opening Match of 2011 Development Academy Finals Week

MILWAUKEE (July 10, 2011) – SoCal Division rivals Real So Cal U-15/16 and the LA Galaxy battled to a 1-1 draw at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Wis., after a goal each from LA Galaxy forward Ludwing Vargas and Real So Cal defender Brandon Vincent earned the teams a share of the spoils from their first match at 2011 Development Academy Finals Week.

Both teams take the field again on Tuesday, July 12, as the LA Galaxy next face the Dallas Texans at 5:30 p.m. CT at Marquette High School, while Real So Cal takes on Seattle Sounders FC at 8 p.m. CT at Marquette University.

With the memory of two previous defeats in mind, Real So Cal came out with intensity from the opening whistle and it appeared at times their will would overcome the Galaxy’s technical abilities. After absorbing the pressure for 20 minutes, LA began to put their stamp on the game and their efforts were rewarded in the 34th minute. Fluidly circulating the ball around on the right side of the field to Justin Dhillon, the midfielder then dished off to Vargas. He took a few touches that carried him into the 18-yard-box where he fired off a rocket that Real So Cal goalkeeper Jason Trejos couldn’t react to fast enough to save.

The Galaxy chances continued to come before halftime. In the 37th minute, the Galaxy almost got on the board again. Drew Murphy controlled in the area and scooted a pass to Dhillon just before being taken down. Dhillon received it, turned on a dime and took a low shot that Trejos managed to parry out for a corner.

One minute later, Murphy delivered a tantalizing corner into the box but Matthew Tilley couldn’t quite get to it in time. Just before halftime, Sebastian Velasquez chipped a pass over the defense and into the path of Murphy, whose first touch towards goal gave Trejos an opening to charge and punch clear a moment before Murphy could strike.

Real So Cal returned from the break with a renewed force, and in the 42nd minute Quentin Anson powered his way into the box before three defenders closed in on him and stymied his effort.

Steve Manios tried his own luck in the 48th minute, gaining possession on the right side and driving forward before unleashing a blast that went high of the goal.

The Galaxy responded with danger in the 54th minute by way of second-half sub Jack McBean, who recently signed with the Galaxy as a Homegrown player. McBean carried the ball up the left flank, taking on two defenders before forcing a corner kick.

Vincent grabbed the equalizer in the 68th minute after a Real So Cal deep in the Galaxy area was cleared out by the defense. The ball bounced toward midfield where Vincent stepped up and sent a low drive into the 18-yard-box, where it ricocheted off another player and bounced awkwardly high in the air toward the goal. The strange bounce caught McNeely off guard and he tried to dive in time to save it but it bounced just under his reach and into the goal.

Real So Cal midfielder Dante Nino, who created headaches for the Galaxy defense throughout the match, broke up a Galaxy passing sequence by intercepting the ball and streaking into the box, dishing a pass out to the left to Luis Perez, Jr., who faced the goalkeeper alone but sent his shot wide left of the goal.

Both teams relentlessly searched for a second goal as the time wound down. In the 79th minute, Real So Cal earned a corner kick and the service slipped through McNeely’s hands and appeared destined for goal. His defender stood sentry on the line and impeded the ball’s path, keeping the score level. In the third minute of stoppage time, second-half Galaxy sub Sagar Jambusaria tore down the left flank and sent in a cross that clanged off the crossbar.

- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -

Match: Real So Cal vs. LA Galaxy
Date: July 10, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-15/16 - Group 1
Venue: Time Warner Cable Field; Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Weather: 88 degrees, muggy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real So Cal               0 1 1
LA Galaxy                 1 0 1

LAG – Ludwing Vargas (Justin Dhillon)  34th minute
RSC – Brandon Vincent                        68

RSC: 1-Jason Trejos; 6-Kevin Martinez, 21-Brandon Vincent, 2-Forrest Solis, 18-Quentin Anson (23-Richard Martinez, 52); 16-Luke Rosescu (4-Luis Perez, Jr., 47) (14-Jesse Gallardo, 74), 33-Dante Nino, 9-Angel Fernandez (13-Christian Arteaga, 52), 11-Fernando Samayoa, 12-Shane Steffes (capt.) (8-Daniel Dannas, 65); 7-Steve Manios
Subs not used: 0-Jonathan Price, 43-Cory Miller
Head Coach: Terry Davila

LAG: 38-Joshua McNeely; 34-Ivan Vasquez (50-Christopher Antunez, 76), 46-Vincent Reyes, 77-Matthew Tilley, 32-Ludwing Vargas (37-Sagar Jambusaria, 77); 29-Drew Murphy (42-Sean Dhillon, 60), 28-Grady Howe, 48-Eric Gonzalez; 53-Sebastian Velasquez (7-Jack McBean, 50), 45-William Raygoza (capt.), 40-Justin Dhillon
Subs not used: 3-Kevin Labastida, 35-Axel Mendez, 39-Grayson Cornwell
Head Coach: Kenny Arena

Stats Summary: RSC / LAG
Shots: 9 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 5
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
RSC – Luis Perez, Jr. (caution)           53rd minute
LAG – Christopher Antunez (caution)  79
LAG – Matthew Tilley (caution)           82

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
Assistant Referee 1: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistant Referee 2: Tyler Turner
Fourth Official: Jared Peeler Man of the Match: Ludwing Vargas (LA Galaxy)