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PREVIEW | LA Galaxy II vs Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons get set for second fixture on US soil

22 July 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | LA Galaxy II vs Wrexham AFC

Red Dragons get set for second fixture on US soil

22 July 2023

In the second instalment of the US Tour, Wrexham have landed in Los Angeles, to take on LA Galaxy II at the Dignity Health Sports Park.

With one fixture already under their belt in the States, it’ll be another opportunity for the players to build on the minutes they got in the tank on Wednesday.

It finished 5-0 in the end to Chelsea, a result that didn’t reflect the performance, but did show the clinical nature of the London side.

All 22 players in the matchday squad were involved in the game, as the intensity continues to ramp up.

In the run-in to the previous game, Phil Parkinson stressed the importance of building match minutes, in preparation for the MK Dons fixture.

Only four members of the travelling party missed out on featuring in the 22, consisting of, Mark Howard, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Bryce Hosannah and Aaron James.

The squad consists of a mixture of international experience and youth which will provide plenty of rotation ahead of the opening day of the season.

Ahead of the fixture, Phil Parkinson issued an update on player fitness and the LA experience so far.

“We decided we wanted to make the absolute most of everyday, whether that be training to a high standard, but also have those experiences away from the football.

“There will be changes again, pre-season is a progression of minutes because we need to make sure that when we go back, everyone is ready and available for selection for the MK Dons game.

“It’s getting the minutes right in each player, which is an interesting challenge because we have 26 players with us.

“Some will get more minutes than others, but the general aim is to get every in as good of a position as possible.

Wrexham AFC’s travelling squad is as follows:

  • Rob Lainton
  • Ben Foster
  • Mark Howard 
  • Callum McFadzean
  • Ben Tozer
  • Aaron Hayden
  • Jordan Tunnicliffe
  • Eoghan O’Connell
  • Bryce Hosannah
  • Jacob Mendy
  • Will Boyle
  • Ryan Barnett
  • Max Cleworth
  • Aaron James
  • Jordan Davies
  • Luke Young
  • Liam McAlinden
  • Anthony Forde
  • Andy Cannon
  • Tom O’Connor
  • James Jones
  • Elliot Lee
  • Ollie Palmer
  • Paul Mullin
  • Billy Waters
  • Sam Dalby 

Eye on the opposition:

After a less-than-desirable start to the season, LA Galaxy II have struggled to find consistent form so far in the USL Western Conference.

They currently sit third-bottom in 11h place, with only 11 victories coming from 34 games.

However, despite their league position they are only six points off the play-offs and are unbeaten in their last three games.

Their dangerman across the season has been striker Aaron Bibout, who has notched up 10 goals and six assists so far.

The Cameroon national has featured twice for the LA Galaxy first team, who are also struggling in the MLS on 22 points.


How to watch:

You can tune into the fixture at 03.30 BST and 19:30 PT on MLS Season Pass and on the MLS Youtube channel



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