Orange County SC vs. LA Galaxy II
2017 USL Regular Season (Week Seven)
Orange County Soccer Club, Irvine, CA
Saturday, May 6 – 5pm PST
Orange County SC Debut New Stadium Against Rivals LA Galaxy II
Irvine, Calif. (May 5, 2017) Orange County SC face off in the I-405 derby against local rivals LA Galaxy II this Saturday, as they prepare to debut their brand new 5,000 seater stadium at the Orange County Great Park. Saturday’s clash will be the first home match of the 2017 USL season for Orange County, having spent their opening four fixtures on the road. Orange County have travelled to Reno 1868 FC, Sacramento Republic FC, Portland Timbers 2 and most recently LA Galaxy II.
The last time the two sides met was two weeks ago at the Stub Hub center where they played out an enthralling 1-1 draw. Both sides created a host of chances and both were disappointed to come away with just a point. It was Orange County SC who broke the deadlock 4 minutes into the second half, when Roy Meeus’s whipped cross was turned into the Galaxy goal by Los Dos defender, Jean Engola. Orange County didn’t manage to see out the game as Los Dos levelled just after the hour mark as Ariel Lassiter’s well struck free kick fell to Adrian Vera, who slotted home from close range. Despite a number of chances for both sides, which included some astounding saves from man of the match, Charlie Lyon, neither team could record a winner.
Orange County go into Saturday’s match looking to mark their stadium opening with three points, following their move from UCI’s Anteater Stadium to the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Orange County will be buoyed by the fact that they are unbeaten in over a year on home soil against Los Dos, following two 2-0 victories last season. And also by the fact LA Galaxy II are yet to record a single point on the road this season, following defeats at San Antonio FC and Phoenix Rising FC.
Not only will Orange County SC be debuting their brand new stadium but they will also be unveiling their new custom made, black and orange adidas home jerseys. This will be the first time the side will be competing in the official club colors since the club’s rebrand in the off season.
Two Orange County players who will be rearing to go on Saturday will be Southern California natives, Oscar Sorto and Joe Franco, with both having spent time with Saturday’s opponents. Sorto was signed by the LA Galaxy as a homegrown player and went on to play for the first team along with multiple appearances for Los Dos. Franco played alongside Sorto in 2015 and was part of the side that saw LA Galaxy II reach in USL Championship final. The pair will be eager to prove a point against their former employers and will hope to record the club’s first home win in front of a packed Orange County Great Park Stadium on Saturday night.
In what will be the only I-405 derby of the season at the Orange County Great Park, both sides will be looking to record a win. Orange County SC keen to get off to the perfect start in their new venue and Los Dos eager to spoil the party and record their first road victory of the season.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB:
The Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s Professional Soccer Team. The club was one of 12 founding members of the new United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2011 season. Established in 2013, the predecessor club Orange County Blues were the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Champions and have reached the Western Conference semifinals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The club’s brand-new owner, James Keston, is the Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, and will actively oversee all operations of the USL club in Orange County. Keston is dedicated to transforming the club into a world-class professional soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club or to purchase tickets visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com.
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