LA Galaxy II knocked off defending champion Sacramento Republic FC, 1-0, to move into the semifinals of the USL conference playoffs. Uruguayan-American Bryan
Olivera had the winner with a first-half penalty kick as Los Dos made amends for their 3-2 loss to Republic FC in the semifinals of last year's playoffs.
USL Playoffs: Eastern Conference, Semifinals Saturday, October
3 No. 1 Rochester vs. No. 4 NY Red Bulls II No. 2 Louisville City vs. No. 3 Charleston Western Conference, Semifinals Saturday, October 3 No. 1 Orange County vs. No. 5 LA Galaxy II Sunday, October
4 No. 2 OKC Energy FC vs. No. 3 Colorado Springs
French goalkeeper Clement Diop preserved the win with saves on headers from
Sacramento’s Cameron Iwasa and Justin Braun.
“Tonight we showed our character and team unity,"
said LA Galaxy II coach Curt Onalfo. "As a group we did everything we could to defend the lead and I was proud of how the group responded under tremendous
pressure. We also had some great individual performances. Diop was spectacular in goal and Olivera took an excellent penalty kick, just to mention two.” Sept. 26 Sacramento, California Sacramento 0 LA Galaxy II 1. Goal: Olivera pen. 13. Sacramento --
Jakubek, Klimenta, Daly, Vukovic, Kiffe, Barrera, Mirkovic, Cazarez (Gissie 73), Lopez, Sherrod (Braun 51), Stewart (Iwasa 81). LA Galaxy II --
Diop; Sorto (Meyer 76), Steres, Diallo, Franco; Olivera (Bailey 84), Covarrubias (Walker 67), Auras, Jaime Villarreal; McBean, Bowen (Mendiola 68). Att.:
New York Red Bulls II emerged victorious in
its inaugural USL playoff match against Pittsburgh Riverhounds with a 4-2 win in overtime. It came back twice, the second time in overtime, and won thanks to two overtime goals from Karl Ouimette.
“I think we just outlasted them a little bit," said New York Red Bulls II coach John
Wolyniec. "We were able to keep the ball a lot and we put them under pressure through long stretches of the game, and it’s not always easy to outlast that. Give credit to our guys -- they
just kept pushing and kept running in front of the goal and kept putting balls in the box. We got the goals we needed.”
Sept. 26 in Harrison, New
Jersey NY Red Bulls II 4 Pittsburgh 2. Goals: Sanchez 62, Ouimette 101, 115, Bedoya 119; Hunt 15, 96. NY Red Bulls II -- Castano, McLaws,
Ouimette, Plewa, Heffron (Thomas, 107), Stolz (Castellanos, 99), Williams, Davis (Akinyode, 97), Sanchez (Da Fonte, 120), Bonomo, Obekop (Bedoya, 83) Pittsburgh -- Brown, Hunt, Arena,
Flunder (Cabrilo, 112), Dallman (Russell, 118), Earls, Vincent, Moloto, Zivanovic (Green, 71), Dantas (Newnam, 83), Kerr. Red Card: Pittsburgh -- Newman
120+. Att.: 915.
The Charleston Battery survived two red cards in overtime to beat the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, in a battle of the USL's two
oldest clubs playing each other for the 56th time. Forrest Lasso had the winner after the Battery came back from a goal down after the first overtime period.
Sept. 26 in Charleston, South Carolina Charleston 2 Richmond 1. Goals: Kelly 108, Lasso 114; own goal
92. Charleston -- Cooper, Griffith, Mueller (Lasso 105), Ferguson, Adjetey (Thuriere 119), Prince (Boyd 74), Portillo, van Schaik, Chang (Marini 94),
Garbanzo (Cordova 94), Kelly. Richmond -- Taylor, Roberts, Lee, Yomby, Troyer, Callahan (Goerres 114), Imura (Owusu Sekyere 68), Martin (Delicate 75),
Asante (Bentick 110), Davis, Yeisley (Grant 75). Red Cards: Charleston -- Garbanzo 96, Boyd 120. Att.:
In a battle of first-year teams, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks moved on with a 2-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 on first-half goals by Miguel Gonzalez and JJ Greer. Sounders 2 started three players who have played on the senior team's successful Concacaf Champions League