CARSON, California (Sunday, May 1) – Phoenix Rising FC dropped a, 3-0 decision to LA Galaxy II tonight at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Phoenix returns to Wild Horse Pass to face San Antonio FC on Saturday, May 7 (7:30 p.m.).
Rising gave up its first goal of the match in just the second minute, when Los Dos’ Jonathan Perez sent the ball high and wide to Remi Cabral. Cabral popped the ball up in the air with his first touch before volleying a shot high over the head of goalkeeper Ben Lundt. The ball settled just inside the back post, giving the home side the 1-0 lead.
Just over 10 minutes later Perez notched his second assist of the day with a perfectly weighted pass that cut through the middle of Rising’s defense. Cameron Dunbar made his run off the back shoulder of his marker and the pass caught up to him in-alone on goal. Dunbar tapped a shot past Lundt to make it 2-0 in the 13th minute.
Things only got worse for Rising in the 36th minute when Darnell King was ejected for an elbow, reducing Phoenix to 10-men for the remainder of the match.
Perez took the initiative himself in the 43rd minute. The midfielder stepped past a defender and fired a shot into the back of the net to make it a 3-0 game just before halftime.
Santi Moar came on for Claudio Repetto in the 56th minute and injected some life into the squad. Marcus Epps found Moar open the back post in the 67th minute and Phoenix’s 2021 golden boot winner was in position to net his first of the year before being absolutely robbed by LA Galaxy II goalkeeper Eric Lopez. Moar skillfully struck the ball with his first touch but Lopez, who was coming across his line, reached back towards his post and touched the ball just wide of the post.
That’s a close as Phoenix would come to breaking through against a Los Dos side with a man advantage and the game finished 3-0.
LA – Remi Cabral (Jonathan Perez) 2
LA – Cameron Dunbar (Jonathan Perez) 13
LA – Jonathan Perez (Owen Lamb) 43
PHX – Aodhan Quinn (caution) 19
PHX – Ryan Flood (caution) 28
PHX – Darnell King (ejection) 36
LA – Hamza Barry (caution) 57
LA – Remi Cabral (caution) 63
LA – Duhaney Williams (caution) 88
Phoenix Rising FC – Ben Lundt, Ryan Flood (Baboucarr Njie 72), Joe Farrell, Kevon Lambert, Darnell King, Aodhan Quinn (Carlos Anguiano 73), Joey Calistri, Luis Seijas (Arturo Rodriguez 56), Marcus Epps (Richmond Antwi 88), Claudio Repetto (Santi Moar 56), Greg Hurst.
Substitutes Not Used: Lalo Delgado, Manuel Madrid.
LA Galaxy II – Eric Lopez, Felipe Cobian, Liam Doyle, Jalen Neal, Owen Lambe (Adrian Gonzalez 85), Hamza Barry, Remi Cabral (Taylor Davila 68), Mike Salazar, Cam Dunbar, Daniel Aguirre (Dante Campbell 85), Jonathan Perez (Duhaney Williams 85).
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Marcus Ferkranus, Preston Judd.