Orange County SC continue their run of must-win games to conclude the USL regular season with probably the toughest game left on the docket, to league leaders Real Monarchs in Utah on Friday night.
When the teams played earlier this season in Orange County, the game was frustrating for OC, as they lost 1-0 to an extremely early goal, but at the same time the game gave some hope that Orange County can hang with the team that is likely to win the Shield this season.
Either way, it won’t be easy, admittedly, and there is maybe a bit of wiggle room for OC to lose one of their remaining games and still reach the playoffs, but since they are on the outside looking in, they don’t really have the luxury of taking a night off at this stage. And if there’s any room for optimism, it comes in the fact that Orange County have won two of their last three games and Real Monarchs are on a three-game winless run at present. Real are in the playoffs, and that clinching seems to have led to a bit of a mental break, so if Orange County can get in there and knock Real Monarchs on their heels, they may be able to pick up a vital three points and finally vault back above the playoff line. We’ll find out this evening.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 36 points (9-9-9), 9th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -3; Last five games: W-L-W-D-L
Real Monarchs SLC: 56 points (17-5-5), 1st place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +22; Last five games: L-D-L-W-D
How to Watch Real Monarchs vs. Orange County SC: The game is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm PT in Utah. You can watch the stream below or in USL’s matchcenter.
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