It’s perhaps the biggest game of the season, as Orange County SC host Real Monarchs on Wednesday night in a game that could determine the top seed in the USL Western Conference this season.
OCSC, sitting in first place in the conference right now with Real Monarchs in third just three points behind, is in great form at the moment, losing just once in their last five and continuing to win in all manner of ways, home and away. After their late triumph in Fresno on Sunday, resulting in a competent 1-0 win in the Central Valley, Orange County can solidify their standing in the West and get a measure of revenge on Real Monarchs, who beat them 1-0 earlier this season in the teams’ prior meeting, in Utah. That game was well-played on both sides, and a momentary lapse made the difference.
With the end of the season fast approaching, Real Monarchs have been in their worst form of the season, going four winless including a three-game losing streak. Head coach Jamison Olave has set up this team to continue their strong run from last year again this season, but they may be slumping at the worst time, just before the playoffs.
All that said, expect a tough game, and a tight one. These two teams are shaping up to be contenders this season, but if one side falls flat here, it could be a setback with the postseason around the corner.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 57 points (17-7-6), 1st place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +26; Last five games: W-W-D-L-W
Real Monarchs: 54 points (17-9-3), 3rd place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +16; Last five games: D-L-L-L-W
How to Watch Orange County SC vs. Real Monarchs: 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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