Only those present at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. were able to see the U.S. Open Cup match unfold between LA Galaxy II (Los Angeles Galaxy‘s second team) and PSA Elite. It appeared to be a close match, but it truly shouldn’t have been. Los Dos could have easily been victorious, but numerous errors led to its penalty shootout loss. It was a match the USL Pro team needed to win, but it could not get results.
LA Galaxy II’s biggest flaw of the match was its inability to convert penalty kicks. It’s the obvious reason it lost, but it could have avoided the shootout had it been able to score a penalty earlier in the match.
Unfortunately, a bad call by the referee led to Jack McBean‘s goal being disallowed, but the team was granted a penalty kick at the end of the matter. Travis Bowen took the shot, but missed. It’s always a little painful to see a missed penalty, and Galaxy fans are reminded of first team’s Robbie Keane‘s missed penalty from the opening match of the season.
I’m not sure how the team goes about practicing its penalty kicks, but this is definitely something that needs to be worked on. The shootout at the end of the match consisted of four attempts for LA Galaxy II. Laurent Courtois took and converted the first shot, but then McBean, Bradford Jamieson IV and Andre Auras all missed their shots. It comes down to the fact that LA Galaxy II lost the match because of four missed penalties. This is not okay.
Although, LA Galaxy II’s offense left much to be desired during the match, its defense was looking sharp. Center back Kyle Venter, who was picked up during the SuperDraft earlier this year, did really well in keeping the PSA’s offense at bay. Goalkeeper Cody Laurendi also made two incredible saves for the team, but the good defense was not enough to lead the team to victory.