The second round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup is here, as Orange County SC jump into the fray, where they’ll play second-year PDL side FC Golden State Force at Citrus College in Glendora.
The Open Cup is a special tournament, a “March Madness” that also happens to be the oldest soccer competition in the United States. Teams play each other across the divisions, and watching underdogs try to overcome the higher division sides is always fun. Then there’s the appeal for the local team, as fans look for their team to make a deep run in the tournament. Hope springs eternal.
Orange County SC head coach Logan Pause has won two Open Cups as a player for the Chicago Fire, so it will be interesting to see how he can use his experience in this game. Orange County have not been good in recent years in the USOC, with their last win coming back in 2013. They’ve only won two games ever in the tournament.
Who will they be playing? OCSC will play Golden State Force, a second-year PDL team. This is their first time in the Open Cup, and they reached the playoffs last year in their debut season. This year, the PDL has just started, but Golden State Force are 2-0-0 in league play.
Their roster will be familiar to the OCSC organization, as FC Golden State Force defeated Orange County SC U-23s 6-0 in the teams’ PDL regular season opener a couple weeks back. In addition to fielding former OC Blues midfielder Grady Howe, Force have 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick Dominic Oduro, former Stanford standout Mark Verso, and Jinho Kim, who scored a brace in 45 minutes of play against OCSC U-23s. Needless to say, this is not an opponent to take lightly.
Still, all things being equal, Orange County may be the “road” team but they are still favored as the professional team. Will they break their duck and get the win to advance in the Open Cup? We’ll find out tonight.
How to watch FC Golden State Force vs. Orange County SC:
While most games tonight have advertised streams, this one so far has not, so the assumption for now is that you’ll have to go to Citrus College to actually witness this one. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm PT. Update: There’s a stream listed: Go to this page to find it.
2nd Update: Orange County SC’s twitter says there’s no stream after all.
What do you think? Leave a comment below!