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Falling down: Orange County SC 0, Portland Timbers 2 2

Draw turns into late loss for California outfit.

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Roy Miller was the unlikely hero for Portland in Irvine.
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The hits keep on coming, as Orange County SC conceded late and lost 2-0 to Portland Timbers 2 in USL Championship action.

Longtime MLS veteran Roy Miller had the late dagger for the visitors, after the teams played to a defensive stalemate for most of the match, but Orange County ultimately walk away without a point on the night.

Perhaps the news that Orange County SC signed experienced defender Michael Orozco, announced just after halftime, gave the players on the backline a bit of extra motivation to put in a good shift with another member joining their ranks. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold on for the full game.

Orange County had the bulk of the run of play, but could not get enough chances on frame to really test Portland a great deal. The same went for Portland, but their first shot on target was smothered by Patrick McLain.

While the game looked like it would end in a 0-0 draw, Portland took the lead in the 88th minute, as Miller knocked in Cristian Ojeda’s corner kick with a near-post header. And with Orange County trying to push for an equalizer, Portland substitute Brayan Hurtado hit an insurance tally on the counterattack to seal the win.

OCSC have a busy week coming up, as they’ll host Club Tijuana in a friendly on Thursday, before the second edition of the 405 Derby, this one the home match against LA Galaxy II, next Saturday. OCSC and Galaxy II played to a 2-2 draw in their first meeting this year on May 25.

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