Orange County SC will attempt to continue their unbeaten run, pick up points on one of their many games in hand on the rest of the Western Conference, and wrap up the 405 Derby season series with a game Wednesday night against local rivals LA Galaxy II.
The teams are meeting for the final time this season, with OC leading 1-0-1. That means Galaxy II could win the season series if they beat Orange County by more than four goals. Hey, you never know.
The teams have been in completely different form since the last time they met in May. Orange County did have a tough stretch, with a few losses in a row earlier this summer and a long bye capping off a run where they sunk to 14th place in the standings, below LA. But much of that came because they had played fewer games than the rest of the West, and since returning from the long bye, they’ve been unbeaten in seven games and are now back in the playoff places.
Galaxy II, meanwhile, have struggled throughout the season, with a particular lowlight being a 9-0 thrashing against Reno 1868 in early July. LA are effectively out of the playoff race, but Curt Onalfo’s firing as LA Galaxy head coach last week and the appointment of Sigi Schmid could push some of the first team players back down to the USL team, and that could provide a boost. Already last weekend, Mike Munoz fielded a more experienced squad and Galaxy II tied OKC Energy FC on Sunday.
Still, if Orange County have title hopes this season, they need to beat the likes of LA Galaxy II more often than not, no matter who turns up on the field in this game. If they win, they could leapfrog two or three teams to move even higher up the standings, and they could take the 405 Derby again this season. There’s plenty of motivation on the line here, so here’s hoping it’ll be a good match.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 25 points (7-4-4), 8th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +4; Last five games: W-W-D-W-D
LA Galaxy II: 16 points (4-11-4), 14th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -23; Last five games: D-D-W-L-L
How to Watch LA Galaxy II vs. Orange County SC: The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm PT at StubHub Center. You can watch the stream below or in USL’s matchcenter.
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