It’s gamenight for Orange County SC, who have essentially a top of the table clash against Real Monarchs SLC at their new ground outside of Salt Lake City on Friday night.
Orange County are flying high, currently sitting at the top of the Western Conference, winning four of their last five and having an outstanding defensive record so far. But Real Monarchs, the defending USL Shield holders, will be their toughest test since Sacramento, as they’ve started hot, too, and sit in third place right now.
Perhaps one factor that could help OC is that Real Monarchs are coming off somewhat short rest, having hosted their home opener in their brand-new stadium on Monday, with a frustrating 0-0 draw against Las Vegas Lights. In fact, after rattling off a four-game winning streak to open the season, Mark Briggs’ group has posted their first loss and draw of the season, so they’ve found some resistance lately.
Still, this is likely going to be a very tall task for Orange County, but a good test for a team that is playing well right now. Their last road game, against RGVFC, they struggled mightily, and if they play like that again on Friday, Real Monarchs will play them off the field. But if they get back to their best, they can stand toe-to-toe with one of the West’s best, and may pull off a signature result as the season enters its third month.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 16 points (5-2-1), 1st place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +10; Last five games: W-L-W-W-W
Real Monarchs SLC: 13 points (4-1-1), 3rd place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +4; Last five games: D-L-W-W-W
How to Watch Real Monarchs vs. Orange County SC: The game is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm PT at Zions Bank Stadium in Utah. You can watch the stream only on ESPN+.
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