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Galaxy II signs Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen II
by Paul Kennedy, August 20th, 2014 5PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, los angeles galaxy, usl


[USL PRO] The LA Galaxy, which was the first MLS club to launch a second team playing in USL PRO, continues to break new ground, signing up young talent to contracts with Galaxy II. The USL PRO club announced Wednesday it has acquired 19-year-old forward Kainoa Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen II, giving it one of the top-rated young Americans in Europe. Los Dos also signed 20-year-old French defender Jason Bli on a free transfer.

The Galaxy II previously signed Jaime Villarreal, the younger brother of Jose Villarreal, from the Galaxy's academy program. Signing young players to Galaxy II allows it to work with players it would otherwise be unable to sign for its first team because of roster limits. It is not clear if Bailey would have had to go through a weighted lottery (like French-based U.S. U-20 Romain Gall did recently when he joined Columbus) if he were to have signed with an MLS club.

“The addition of Kainoa Bailey to our roster brings a different dimension to our attack,” said LA Galaxy II head coach Curt Onalfo. “Kainoa is a young, talented player who is very fast in the attack and we are excited to strengthen our roster by bringing him to LA.”

Bailey played for the MLS Academy teams -- D.C. United and Real Salt Lake -- before pursuing a pro career in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen.  Bailey was steered to Germany by former U.S. national team star Brent Goulet, who coached Bailey in 2012 at the now-defunct Nashville Metros of PDL.

Bailey has attended U.S. U-20 training camps in November 2013 and in May 2014.

Bli spent the last season with L'Entente Sannois Saint-Gratien in France’s National (fourth division) League. Before the start of the USL PRO season, Bli spent time trialing with the Galaxy II, playing at left back in the team’s inaugural match against the Fresno Fuego. Before his stint with L'Entente SSG, Bli spent a season with Paris FC, making 11 appearances for the third division French club.
“Jason is another great addition to our roster, and we are excited to see him join the team,” added Onalfo. “Bli is a skillful player and we are sure he will add great depth to our backline.”

Wednesday, August 20
Charlotte vs. Orlando City
Sacramento vs. Wilmington
Friday, August 22

Arizona United vs. OKC Energy FC
Saturday, August 23
Richmond vs. Orlando City
Dayton vs. Colorado Rapids Reserves
Rochester vs. Harrisburg
Orange County vs. Wilmington
Sunday, August 24
LA Galaxy II vs. Wilmington
Pittsburgh vs. FC Dallas Reserves
OKC Energy FC vs. Charleston

USL PRO, Standings:
52 Orlando City 16-2-4 44/17
49 Richmond 13-1-10 49/22
45 Sacramento 14-6-3 42/25
43 LA Galaxy II 13-7-4 47/33
33 Harrisburg 9-9-6 37/36
31 Charleston 8-8-7 25/25
31 Rochester 8-10-7 21/24
29 OKC Energy 8-11-5 31/33
28 Charlotte 8-13-4 30/36
27 (-2) Arizona Utd. 8-12-5 28/41
27 Orange County 9-16-0 29/50
26 Wilmington 6-6-8 23/24
26 Pittsburgh 7-12-5 30/42
22 Dayton 6-15-4 27/50

USL PRO, Leading Scorers:
15 Kevin Molino, Orlando City
14 Matthew Delicate, Richmond
12 Aaron Schoenfeld, Dayton
10 Chandler Hoffman, LA Galaxy II
10 George Davis, Richmond
10 Tommy Stewart, Sacramento
8 Jose Angulo, Pittsburgh
8 Kyle Greig, OKC Energy FC
8 Jorge Herrera, Charlotte

Monday, August 25
Seattle Sounders Reserves vs. Arizona United
Wednesday, August 27
LA Galaxy II vs. Real Salt Lake Reserves
Sacramento vs. Charleston
Thursday, August 28
Wilmington vs. Orlando City
Friday, August 29
Charlotte vs. Pittsburgh
Saturday, August 30
Harrisburg vs. Rochester
Charleston vs. Pittsburgh
Wilmington vs. Sacramento
Orange County vs. Richmond
Sunday, August 31
Orlando City vs. Dayton

Monday, September 1
Montreal Impact Reserves vs. Charlotte
LA Galaxy II  vs. Richmond
Wednesday, September 3
Wilmington vs. Orlando City
Thursday, September 4
Sacramento vs. OKC Energy FC
Friday, September 5
Dayton vs. Wilmington
Charleston vs. Harrisburg
Saturday, September 6
Charlotte vs. Harrisburg
Pittsburgh vs. Arizona United
Orlando City vs. Richmond
Orange County vs. OKC Energy FC
Sacramento vs. LA Galaxy II
Sunday, September 7
Rochester vs. Wilmington

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