Another game, another concerning result for the Orange County Blues on Friday, as they lost once again to the LA Galaxy II, this time 3-0 at StubHub Center. Goals from David Romney, Travis Bowen and Ariel Lassiter left the Blues completely outmatched, extending their all-time losing streak to 0-6-0 against Galaxy II. The loss also extends their current losing streak to three games across all competitions, and leaves them winless in four. There's also a chance they could fall deeper in the standings than their current position of 7th in the Western Conference, depending how the rest of the weekend's action goes.
The Blues, who hadn't played since a loss to the Galaxy II two weeks ago, looked sluggish and unable to really compete with their local competitors, who vaulted up to 1st place with the win. Missing the attacking duo of Denzel Slager and Christofer Ramirez yet again, midfield general Didier Crettenand failed to make an impression once more and the Blues looked second-best overall.
The scoring started midway through the first half, as Romney headed the ball home off an Andre Auras corner kick in the 22nd minute. The Galaxy II doubled their lead in the 60th minute, as Bowen had a redirection off a corner kick that eluded the Blues in the box.
Orange County thought they were on the board in the 72nd minute, as Brenton Griffiths slammed a second chance off a partially-cleared corner kick, but it was waved off for offside.
Lassiter finished off the scoring in the 90th minute as he took a through ball from Raul Mendiola and beat a helpless Pepe Miranda to make it 3-0.
The best thing Orange County can do at this point is put this game behind them as soon as possible and get ready for the rest of the season, which is going to feature a lot of two-week games the rest of the way. They're sputtering, and the Galaxy II clearly still have their number. Maybe seeing another opponent will improve their prospects. Their next opponent, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Wednesday in Colorado, may be a tricky game, too, even though OC have beaten them already this season. But the slump the Blues find themselves in is real, and they're going to need to figure out how to get out of it quickly if they count themselves among the contenders in the West.
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