Orange County dropped all three points in a shock loss to Portland Timbers 2 last weekend, but now all eyes are looking to set the record straight against LA Galaxy II. Just over a month ago the two sides drew in Carson, with two goals apiece.
OC remains in 12th place on 19 points after last weekend’s defeat, but still have a game in hand. Los Dos are even with OCSC on points, but sit in 13th because of their goal differential. For both teams to rejoin the playoff chase, a win is necessary.
Orange County has historically bounced back well from losses, which usually galvanize the squad. Coming off of the match against Timbers 2, OCSC seems primed for a unified team performance and a big win. OCSC has also played well historically against Los Dos, having scored six goals in their last four matches against the Carson-based team, including two shutouts.
Los Dos have been inconsistent as of late. In their last four matches, they have drawn twice and lost twice, only finding the back of the next three times while receiving two red cards in consecutive weeks. It provides a great chance for Orange County to win big and distance themselves from their Southern Californian neighbors.
Much like the reverse fixture, experience is the greatest difference between the two sides. With the addition of OC native, US international, and Club Tijuana veteran Michael Orozco, Orange County only adds more experience to their side.
Last week’s match also saw the return of Darwin Jones. The winger is currently Orange County’s top scorer and will certainly look to add to his tally on Saturday.
The match kicks off at 5:30pm at Championship Soccer Stadium at the Orange County Great Park. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN+ in the United States.
OCSC has taken 196 shots, an average of just over 12 shots per game.
Los Dos hold the joint-highest tally of red cards, having been shown four in 17 matches.