Orange County SC are in Arizona for a huge near-top of the table clash, taking on Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday night in arguably the game of the week in USL.
The teams, level on points in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the Western Conference, have played two tight games this season, drawing in the season opener in Irvine before Phoenix won the second meeting, in Arizona, 1-0 with a penalty being the difference.
Both sides see themselves as contenders, and this is the kind of game where one team can put some distance from the other one and improve or solidify their spot in the standings.
Will OC grab a big win on the road? They have been good on the road this season, but they’re struggled in all matches against the cream of the Western Conference crop. A victory here would be a big mental boost, with the playoffs fast approaching. Should be a fascinating game.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 41 points (12-6-5), 2nd place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +22; Last five games: W-D-D-W-W
Phoenix Rising FC: 41 points (12-5-5), 7th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -5; Last five games: W-L-W-L-W
How to Watch Phoenix Rising FC vs. Orange County SC: The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm PT at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex in Tempe. You can watch the stream only on ESPN+.
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