The USL Championship expansion team San Diego Loyal says it will forfeit the point earned its 1-1 tie at LA Galaxy II on Wednesday after a racial slur was directed at a Loyal player during the match.
“We don’t even want to recognize being a part of a match where these types of actions take place,” said SD Loyal chairman Andrew Vassiliadis
. “The Loyal in
our name is symbolic of the diversity in our community and as a club we will not stand for this.”
The USL Championship has issued a six-game suspension and undisclosed fine to LA
Galaxy II's Omar Ontiveros
for addressing the racial slur. The incident took place in the 71st minute of the 1-1 tie in Carson. None of the facts in the subsequent investigation of the incident
by the USL Championship were disputed.
According to the Loyal, Ontiveros used the n-word toward a player it identified as being later red carded (Elijah Martin
) and the exchange
was heard by referees and Galaxy II coaching staff and players but the Loyal coaching staff did not learn of the incident until the match was over.
In the first minute of stoppage time,
two minutes after Martin's second yellow card, 17-year-old Alejandro Alvarado
equalized for Galaxy II.
The result left the Group B standings as follows: 1. Phoenix
26 points, three games to play 2. San Diego Loya
l 23 points, one game to play
------------------------------------------------------------ 3. LA Galaxy II
points, three games to play 4. Orange County SC
21 points, three games to play 5. Las Vegas Lights
9 points, three games to play
The USL Championship must decide
whether to keep the standings as they are, respect the Loyal's wishes and deduct its point or deduct the Loyal's point and give Galaxy II the win and the three points. (The latter is unlikely.)
Ontiveros, who was born in Texas, spent time in Mexico in Santos' youth program, played two seasons at CS Grevenmacher in Luxembourg before moving to the USL Championship, first with Rio Grande
Valley FC and then Galaxy II in 2019.
At 25, he is one of the Galaxy II's veterans. It played eight teenagers in the match against San Diego.