A Brief Preview of Rochester's Match in Los Angeles

On Wednesday night the Rhinos will face off against this season's shiny new trinket, LA Galaxy II. Los Dos currently sits in second place in USL Pro while the Rhinos are in sixth.

LA Galaxy II has played 8 of its first 13 matches at home within the StubHub Center complex. The team usually plays on the track field but played its most recent game in the main field after the LA Galaxy v Chivas USA contest.

Speaking of its most recent game, Los Dos (as it is affectionately called and also because LA Galaxy II is a clunky name) destroyed the Dayton Dutch Lions this past Sunday. The young guns of LA stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the first half before settling for a 5-1 lead at the end of the match. Bradford Jamieson IV and Jack McBean each had a brace while Charlie Rugg had a goal and two assists.

Jamieson is a 17 year old Homegrown forward who signed with LA Galaxy in February of this month. Though he hasn't made his MLS debut yet, the kid has shown tremendous talent against the professionals in USL Pro.

The match against Dayton was the second time in as many weeks that Los Dos dropped five goals on an opponent. Head coach Curt Onalfo was confident enough with the result by halftime against Dayton, and rightly so, that he introduced academy players Jaime Villarreal and Elijah Martin for their professional debuts. Neither player had made the bench for the USL Pro before that match.

In addition to the three attacking players mentioned (all on loan from LA Galaxy proper), Los Dos has the luxury of bringing on Chandler Hoffman. The forward on loan from the senior side has been tearing up USL Pro this season, registering 8 goals in just 10 appearances (8 starts).

LA Galaxy II averages 2.31 goals per game while Rochester concedes an average of 0.83 goals per game. It's safe to say Bob Lilley's solid defense will be put to the test on Wednesday night, though.

2012 Supplemental Draft pick Rafael Garcia has been the general in midfield for LA Galaxy II. The 25-year-old midfielder is not afraid to get stuck into his challenges and is a calming presence behind the team's bevy of attacking options. 5'6" Garcia will strike an imposing force for the offense that Rochester can muster against LA.

Rochester has been on a bit of a slump recently. After a 7-game unbeaten run in USL Pro, the Rhinos have only gathered 4 points from the last 4 games (3 of which were at home). The match against LA Galaxy II on Wednesday kicks off a busy week for Rochester as the team travels to face Arizona United SC in Peoria on Saturday before returning to Western New York to host D.C. United in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 17.

Because of the time differential on the West Coast, Wednesday night's game won't kick off until 10:30PM EST from the StubHub Center. There will be a livestream of the game hosted on LA Galaxy II's youtube page.

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