Orange County SC face a must-win game on Saturday, to snap their nine-game winless run and try and stay in the playoff race, by hosting Swope Park Rangers at Orange County Great Park.
OC are coming off short rest, having drawn Phoenix Rising FC on the road on Wednesday 0-0. The game was a result, yes, and brought OC up a spot in the standings, but they held on by the skin of their teeth after a late double-post attempt from Phoenix, while the Orange County attack continues to sputter.
Stepping in is SPR, once again a contender in the Western Conference, but a team that OC tied 1-1 on the road just last month. That means that if Orange County can figure out their issues up top and keep it tight in the back, they could get the vital win they absolutely need at this point. Considering they’ve shown they are capable earlier in the season, all they need to do is reclaim it. Of course, we’ve been waiting for that return for over a month now.
Still, the task is simple: Get three points. Anything less won’t knock OC out of the playoffs altogether this season, but it will make them more pretenders for the postseason, and their chances of returning to the playoffs will move further out of reach. Three points or bust at the Great Park tonight.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 30 points (7-8-9), 10th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -4; Last five games: D-L-L-D-D
Swope Park Rangers: 45 points (13-6-6), 4th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +13; Last five games: W-L-D-D-D
How to Watch Orange County SC vs. Swope Park Rangers: The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm PT at Orange County Great Park. You can watch the stream below or in USL’s matchcenter.
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