The latest edition of the local Southern California USL derby took place last week, with the LA Galaxy II beating the Orange County Blues 2-1 at the StubHub Center complex.
Adonis Amaya scored his second goal in as many games for LA, before Jack McBean came off the bench and earned and converted a penalty in the second half to give the hosts the firm lead. OC really made a go of things in the second half, having the better of the run of play on balance, but could only manage a late consolation goal by forward Trevin Caesar to bring the deficit to one on the night.
Galaxy II get a bye this week, and will be back in action next weekend on the road at Portland. At the moment, they sit in second place in the Western Conference, just three points behind Vancouver, although with other teams in action while they sit out, they may drop a bit after this weekend’s slate of games.
The Blues, however, are in action on Sunday, hosting Sacramento Republic FC at Anteater Stadium. It will be the second match of 2016 between the sides, with the Blues taking the first with a 1-0 road win in April. And for all the talk of late of how much Sacramento is struggling, their loss midweek snapped a nine-game unbeaten run in league play, stretching all the way back to the Blues’ win over them. Republic sit in third place in the Western Conference and are probably not an easy three points for the Blues, who have struggled to find any consistency in recent weeks. Sitting in eighth place, they’re treading water in the conference standings and could get another boost with a victory in this game.
Sunday’s game will be a matinée, starting at 4 pm PT in Irvine. If you can’t catch the game yourself, you can watch the stream on the league’s matchcenter.