Los Angeles Galaxy announced today, Jan. 29, that it has created a lower-division professional club for player development. This new club will go by the name LA Galaxy II and play in the USL Pro league. LA Galaxy is the first club in MLS to create a USL Pro club. This means there are big changes coming to the club.
LA Galaxy II already has its coach: Curt Onalfo has been promoted to head coach for the club, and he will lead the development of players for USL Pro. The club will train and play all its home matches at LA Galaxy's pitch The StubHub Center in Carson, Ca. So, the club does not seem to differ too much from the LA Galaxy that is known and loved, but of course it will be playing in a different league at a lower level.
Last summer, MLS announced its partnership with USL Pro. Unlike the English Premier League, North American does not function on a tier system. It does have three different division leagues, but they are not interconnected and clubs are not promoted or demoted. This announcement was a big deal. It mandated that there would be interplay between the MLS Reserves and USL Pro league; also, clubs that has USL Pro affiliates would loan four players on a long-term basis. This was a big partnership, and it can do great things for the league and its players. MLS is beginning to focus more on homegrown talent and this partnership is a great change.
Those who would like to see LA Galaxy II in action can buy their tickets here. Tickets are $72 for a full season; that's quite a deal.