The 2019 USL Championship Playoffs are here, and Orange County SC will look to make another deep run this year, beginning with a road clash Saturday afternoon against the seed directly ahead of them, Real Monarchs.
Real Monarchs finished two points ahead of OCSC, the seeding essentially decided by the teams’ meeting at the same venue, Zions Bank Stadium, back on Oct. 9, when Real Monarchs won 2-0, with two late goals, one an own goal and the other a long switch and an angled shot finished by Maikel Chang.
Orange County have tended to struggle in Utah, but Monarchs have yet to win a playoff game in their history, and that factor could help Orange County, which has a good core of experienced players who know how to win big games. Of course, OCSC were once in this spot, too, and records are made to be broken, and both teams will look to put it all on the line when they square off in the single-elimination game.
Can Orange County extend their season another game, or will they fall short on the road to open the playoffs? We’ll find out very soon with the Saturday matinee game.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 54 points (15-10-9), 5th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +11; Last five games: W-W-L-W-L
Real Monarchs: 56 points (16-10-8), 4th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: +18; Last five games: W-D-W-W-W
How to Watch Real Monarchs vs. Orange County SC: The game is scheduled to kick off at 12 pm PT at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. You can watch the stream only on ESPN+.
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