The Orange County Blues return to the field for a midweek game against another California opponent, this time Sacramento Republic FC, who have shaken out of their doldrums and look to be real contenders once again this season.
The game, to be played at Anteater Stadium in Irvine this evening, comes amidst still-unfinished investigations surrounding the Blues, and in particular one publicly unnamed player, who is accused by LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers of repeatedly using a homophobic slur during Saturday’s game between the Blues and LA Galaxy II. In some respects, having a Wednesday game with that happening is perhaps unfortunate timing, and frankly it’s unclear what impact the situation is having on the entire team heading into this game.
But the game has been scheduled nonetheless, and barring any announcement prior to tonight’s 7:30 pm PT kickoff, we’ll have to wait a few more days, perhaps, to find out the findings from the various investigations by teams and leagues involved.
Setting aside the ongoing investigations for the moment, the Blues currently lead the season series against Sacramento 1-0-1, with another game coming up a week from Saturday between the clubs. With the Blues hanging on the edge of the Western Conference playoff places, and with three of their final four opponents this season in the playoff spots, they’ll need to pick up points to ensure qualification to the postseason.
Tale of the Tape:
OC Blues: 34 points (10-11-4), 7th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -5 (32/37); Last five games: W-L-W-L-W
Sac Republic: 40 points (11-6-7), 1st place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: 10 (34/24); Last five games: W-W-D-W-D
How to Watch OC Blues vs. Sacramento Republic: The game will kick off at 7:30 pm PT at Anteater Stadium. You can watch the game below or on USL’s matchcenter.
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