Orange County SC will jump into the midweek fray on Wednesday evening when they host the newly rechristened Tacoma Defiance (formerly known as Seattle Sounders 2) at Orange County Great Park. OCSC are coming off their first win and best performance to date this season, at home against Colorado Springs on Saturday, and will be eager to add another one in quick succession.
Tacoma have been up and down to start the season, with wins in their first and most recent games and losses in the interim. That last game, against Sacramento Republic, featured a lineup heavy with Seattle Sounders first team players. Given the Sounders were supposed to play tonight on the road (that game in Colorado has since been postponed due to an impending blizzard), it seems likely Defiance will play their usual USL Championship squad, which is largely made up of academy players and products. This is a team that is hard to gauge game to game — sometimes they’ll be outmatched, and other times they’ll catch opponents completely off-guard.
One item that will be interesting to track is if Aodhan Quinn will get the start for Orange County. If he’s back in the XI, that will boost the home side considerably.
Tale of the Tape:
Orange County SC: 5 points (1-2-2), 13th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -2; Last five games: W-L-D-L-D
Tacoma Defiance: 6 points (2-3-0), 9th place in Western Conference; Goal Difference: -6; Last five games: W-L-L-L-W
How to Watch Orange County SC vs. Tacoma Defiance: 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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