LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Seattle Sounders 2 on Sunday equaled their highest goal output of the season with three, but fell on the road to LA Galaxy II, 5-3. Jesse Daley scored his first goal with S2 and added two assists, while captain Ray Saari found the back of the net for the second consecutive match. David Estrada netted the third goal for S2, pushing his team-leading goal total to seven.
Seattle got on the board first in the 14th minute on Saari’s second goal of the season. Shandon Hopeau made a sliding tackle to win the ball in the midfield before finding Jesse Daley, who set up Saari for a long-range strike. Los Angeles answered with two quick goals in the 26th and 28th minute to take a 2-1 lead.
Daley netted his first S2 goal just before halftime to even the game at 2-2. Denso Ulysse sent the ball to the center of the area after a long buildup, and Daley was able to slot the ball past LA goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg from short range. Daley now has one goal and three assists in six games since being signed from Australia on May 1.
Efrain Alvarez scored his first of two goals just after halftime to give Galaxy II a 3-2 lead. His second of the match came in the 62nd minute, two minutes after Alex Mendez scored the eventual game-winner.
In the 80th minute, Daley found Estrada off a quickly taken free kick, and the veteran finished from inside the area for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Estrada now ranks tied for seventh in the Western Conference with his seven tallies.
S2 returns to action on Thursday, July 5 vs. Swope Park Rangers at 7:00 p.m. PT. The match is the first of two in four days at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, as S2 hosts Reno 1868 FC on Sunday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m. PT. Both games will be livestreamed on ESPN+.
Sounders FC 2 I 3-5 I LA Galaxy II
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Venue: StubHub Center I Carson, California
Referee: Elton Garcia
Assistants: Eduardo Jeff, Joseph Salinas
Fourth Official: Brandon Stevis
Weather: 70 degrees and sunny
SEA – Ray Saari (Jesse Daley) 14’
LA – Geoffrey Acheampong (Frank Lopez) 26’
LA – Frank Lopez 28’
SEA – Jesse Daley (Denso Ulysse) 45’
LA – Efrain Alvarez 49’
LA – Alex Mendez 60’
LA – Efrain Alvarez (Alex Mendez) 62’
SEA – David Estrada (Jesse Daley) 80’
SEA – Jesse Daley 3’ (caution)
SEA – Tony Alfaro 34’ (caution)
SEA – Ray Saari 40’ (caution)
LA – Frank Lopez (caution) 51’
SEA – Denso Ulysse (caution) 59’
LINEUPS & STATS
S2 – Sam Fowler; Denso Ulysse, Sam Rogers (Rodrigue Ele 45’), Tony Alfaro, Ibrahim Usman; Francisco Narbon (Gio Miglietti 64’), Ray Saari – captain; Shandon Hopeau (Gabe Threadgold 61’), Jesse Daley, Henry Wingo; David Estrada
Substitutes not used: Antonee Burke-Gilroy, David Olsen
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 4
LA – Justin Vom Steeg; Nate Schultz, John Requejo, Emmanuel Appiah, Ian Lonergan; Ulysses Llanez Jr. (Adrian Vera 78’), Alex Mendez, Julian Buscher, Geoffrey Acheampong (Jorge Hernandez 82’); Efrain Alvarez, Frank Lopez (Ethan Zubak 78’)
Substitutes not used: Eric Lopez, Jonathan Hernandez, Andre Zanga, Justin Dhillon
Total shots: 19
Shots on goal: 8