Orange County SC are riding high and looking to keep their unbeaten run going, as they welcome Rio Grande Valley FC to town on Saturday night.
The teams have met already this season on RGVFC’s home turf, with that game being one of just six losses in league play OCSC have suffered this season. Frankly, in an impressive season to date, that 2-0 loss in April is one of the most surprising results of the season, given Orange County’s strong play and Rio Grande Valley’s struggles in this campaign. But they were full value for the win, and OC will be looking to make sure they aren’t upset twice this season.
Orange County are coming off a big 3-2 win over Portland Timbers 2 on Wednesday, and so there may be some rotation of the squad, something that has been working well for Braeden Cloutier of late. With RGVFC truly out of the playoff run for this season, the aim will be to put together productive performances, while Orange County have a chance at going first in the Western Conference if they pick up more points than Real Monarchs tonight.
Still, this is the kind of game where you look at the match-up on paper and declare it in favor of one team, only for the unexpected to happen. Orange County will need to be alert to avoid the trap game here.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 50 points (15-6-5), 2nd place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +26; Last five games: W-W-W-W-D
RGVFC: 21 points (3-9-12), 15th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -7; Last five games: D-L-L-L-W
How to Watch Orange County SC vs. RGVFC: The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm PT at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine. You can watch the stream only on ESPN+.
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