Orange County SC return home from their quick two-game road jaunt to host a rare Tuesday night game, this one against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at 6 pm PT. It’s the first game between the teams this USL regular season, with plenty on the line.
One of the fixtures of USL play is that sometimes, new opponents can catch their opponent unaware. And past versions of OC and the Switchbacks have done just that to each other. But while Orange County’s roster is almost completely made over this year, the Switchbacks have been one of the most consistent teams the past couple years. That could prove to be an advantage, although at this point in the season it’s not like Orange County is an unfamiliar bunch to each other.
What could help OCSC is that Colorado Springs have been poor on the road this season, with a 2-6-3 record. That doesn’t mean they can’t grab a result, just that they clearly haven’t played their best this season away from home. And that could be just the boost Logan Pause’s squad needs. With August being an extremely busy period, it’s pretty likely Orange County has circled this game as a must-win, given the location and opponent. And if they can grab three points here, they’ll be within a point of Switchbacks FC in the standings, and will be back in the playoff slots. And that will be pretty important.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 26 points (7-5-5), 9th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +3; Last five games: D-L-W-W-D
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: 30 points (8-8-6), 6th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +2; Last five games: W-W-L-L-D
How to Watch Orange County SC vs. Colorado Springs: The game is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm PT at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. You can watch the stream below or in USL’s matchcenter.
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