Both sides in Wednesday’s action drew over the weekend. LA Galaxy II were at home and tied SoCal rivals Orange County SC 2-2 on Saturday. Tacoma Defiance were level 3-3 with Fresno FC on Sunday. With Los Dos at home and an extra day of rest they should be a bit less stressed in the double-game week.
Defiance assistant coach Wade Webber promised squad rotation for the 7:30 p.m. match (ESPN+).
“We also know we had guys that didn’t play a lot of minutes today. We will rotate the squad. We know that Wednesday we have to go to LA with a short turnaround. It’s going to be trying.”
The goal on the short trip is to continue the points streak. Midfielder Jesse Daley is focused on accruing points (yes, plural).
“We’ve just got to build on this. We can’t pat ourselves on the back with those two results. We’ve got to go to LA now and get a good result and then come back home and hopefully turn it on in front of the home fans.”
Taking Scoring on the Road
After their season-high 3 goals, there is confidence in the clubhouse for Tacoma Defiance. Daley is proud of the talent in the attacking band.
“It’s clear that the talent we have all over the park, and especially in the final third, we’ve got lots of good players. To score three goals? It’s fantastic.”
The coaches are going to focus on how to repeat what worked against a Fresno side that holds teams to less than a goal a game. Webber particularly liked the third goal.
“I think we can take the recreatable nature of those goals, particularly the third goal from the build. We have a centerback that finds a holding midfielder who finds a guy on the run and a quality finish. It can be that simple.”
Tacoma will have to work hard on their own defense in a match that should feature multiple goals. Defiance look to assert themselves on the road and notch their first win of 2019 away from home.
“We’re not afraid of LA. We’re going to go down there with the belief that we can get a result – points.”
LA Galaxy II notes
- Los Dos won the first matchup of season 3-nil at Cheney Stadium. Augustine Williams scored a brace in that match.
- Midfielders Carlos Harvey and Ernesto Walker are away with Panama at the U-20 World Cup.
- Galaxy II have just 1 win in their last 7 matches (1-2-4 -4).
- Their preview
Tacoma Defiance notes
- Shandon Hopeau made the bench on the USL Championship Team of the Week and his goal is up for Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week.
- Defiance have scored in four straight matches.
- Justin Dhillon now has three goals, scoring in his last three matches.
MultiCare Pre-Match Health Report
Tacoma – No Defiance players are on the injury report.
Galaxy II – LA is not reporting any injuries.
How to Watch
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium, Carson, California
Kickoff Time: Wednesday, May 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Home: LA Galaxy II (4-4-4 -6)
Away: Tacoma Defiance (2-9-2 -26)