SD Loyal match preview against LA Galaxy II

Credit: SD Loyal

Credit: SD Loyal

The San Diego Loyal are back home and host second-place LA Galaxy II in a Pacific Division matchup

The match will be played at Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego.

Kickoff is Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+ and Fox 5 San Diego. It can also be broadcasted on Azteca 33 in Spanish.

San Diego currently sits in sixth place in the division with five points and a (1-4-2) record. The good news is that they haven’t lost in three straight matches. They will look to keep that streak going as they face the second-place Galaxy II. LA is (3-2-2) with 11 points on the season.

Last time out

The Loyal is coming off back-to-back draws, with the last coming against Orange County SC this past Wednesday. The match ended 1-1, with OC scoring late to even the score. Tumi Moshobane scored for the Loyal for his first this season and second for the club. Goalkeeper Trey Muse performed as well as he could by saving multiple shots and keeping the Loyal in the match.

Despite the loss, Moshobane and the rest of the team were pleased with the number of fans that traveled to support.

“It was terrific to have them here,” Moshobane said. “They gave us energy and a good boost. I was glad to have scored near and in front of them.”

The Loyal improved during the last three matches. The last two didn’t get the result they wanted but controlled a majority of the matches.

“This is a process,” Donovan said. “We have said all along this is a process. Our effort has been very good and our guys have battled very hard in every match.”

Credit: SD Loyal

San Diego and LA have a history

The last time these two teams faced off, the Loyal forfeited the match after a racial slur was directed at Loyal’s Elijah Martin. The match would have ended in a 1-1 draw if not for the decision to forfeit. The result of the decision allowed the Galaxy II to earn the final spot for the 2020 playoffs. San Diego then went on to miss the playoffs in their inaugural season.

Last season, these two teams finished (1-1) against each other, along with the one forfeit. In the first matchup, LA defeated the Loyal 1-0 in San Diego. The next match, San Diego won 3-0 in LA.

Los Dos is coming off a 4-3 win against Orange County SC and will look to take first place in the division with a win and Phoenix Rising loss.

The Galaxy II earned consecutive postseason appearances (19-20) and are once again off to a fast start in 2021.

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Chris Spiering
Chris is a graduate of the University of San Diego. He is the former Sports Editor for the USDVista newspaper. Chris is also an athlete and is huge fan of San Diego sports. Chris has covered the San Diego Loyal, and contributes regularly about the Padres.

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