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USL Match Preview – #RGVvLA

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 05/19/17, 9:04AM EDT

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Toros welcome Los Dos with both coming in off victories

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC and the LA Galaxy II are both coming off victories when they meet for the first time this season on Saturday night at H-E-B Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.

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Rio Grande Valley FC news and notes

  • Current record: 4-3-0, 12pts

  • Rio Grande Valley recorded its second consecutive win last Saturday as Todd Wharton scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory against the Swope Park Rangers in front of 7,196 fans at H-E-B Park.

  • Wharton’s goal was his first of the season, and won the USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week for Week 8 of the season.

  • The Toros’ victory moved the side into the playoff positions in the Western Conference, and above .500 for the first time this season.

  • Rio Grande Valley has now won four of its last five outings, and has conceded only two goals in that span.

LA Galaxy II news and notes

  • Current record: 2-5-1, 7pts

  • The Galaxy II snapped a six-game winless streak last Sunday night with a 2-1 comeback victory against the New York Red Bulls II at Red Bull Arena.

  • Adonis Amaya and Justin Dhillon scored for Los Dos, who rallied from a halftime deficit to earn their second win of the season.

  • The Galaxy II announced on Thursday the return to the club of midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias, who had signed his offseason with OKC Energy FC before returning to the west coast.

  • Covarrubias is the Galaxy II’s all-time appearances leader, having played in 77 games for the club over its first three seasons.

Series Notes

  • The Galaxy II took victory in both meetings between the clubs last season, including a 2-0 victory in the Toros’ inaugural home opener.

Squads

  • Rio Grande Valley – GK: Marco Carducci, Borja Angoitia, Calle Brown, Michael Kirk; D: Kai Greene, Victor Garza, Robby Sagel, Ivan Magalhaes, Jorginho James, Agus, Dylan Remick, Leo Ayala, Kevin Garcia, Alex Ochoa, Taylor Hunter, Omar Ontiveros; M: Charlie Ward, Eric Bird, T.J. Casner, Emilio Garcia, Todd Wharton, Christian Lucatero, Juan Garcia; F: Ruben Luna, Memo Rodriguez, Kyle Murphy

  • Los Angeles – GK: Clement Diop, Eric Lopez, David Preys; D: Hugo Arellano, Jake Arteaga, Robert Castellanos, Bradley Diallo, Jean Engola, Nathan Smith, Tyler Turner, Josh Turnley; M: Alejandro Covarrubias, Ryo Fujii, Jorge Hernandez, Jonathan Hernandez, Bradford Jamieson IV, Alex Juarez, Ulysses Llanez, Raul Mendiola, Adrian Vera, Jaime Villarreal, Jose Villarreal, Andre Zanga; F: Justin Dhillon, Jonathan Estrada, Ariel Lassiter, Ethan Zubak

Discipline

  • Rio Grande Valley – None

  • Los Angeles – None

Officials

  • REF: RAMY TOUCHAN

  • AR1: Diego Blas

  • AR2: Wilfredo Mejia

  • 4TH: Jesus Aguilar

Game hashtag:

  • #RGVvLA

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