Orange County SC are back in action in USL regular season play with an unusual fixture, a “businessman’s lunch” weekday matinee at Orange County Great Park, against a new opponent this year, Portland Timbers 2.
Timbers 2 last year were the worst team in USL, but they’ve bounced back in a major way, with a new head coach, Cameron Knowles, and a commitment to actually making the team competitive. It’s working, as they’re in the playoff places in the Western Conference, five points behind OC.
Orange County have had about 10 days off, and will look to keep hold of their 3rd place spot in the standings, or better it, as they sit atop a three-way tie on 37 points. With this game and another home game at the weekend, against Swope Park Rangers, this is a good opportunity for Braeden Cloutier to pick up points and keep pushing for the highest spot in the West.
Will it be hot? Probably, but will that impact the game? That remains to be seen. If you want to sneak away to check out the game in Irvine or just want to distract yourself at work by watching the stream during lunch, you’re in luck this afternoon.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 37 points (11-6-4), 3rd place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +21; Last five games: D-W-W-L-W
Portland Timbers 2: 32 points (9-2-3), 6th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +3; Last five games: W-L-W-L-L
How to Watch Orange County SC vs. Portland Timbers 2: The game is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 pm PT at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine You can watch the stream only on ESPN+.
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