Kickoff: Sunday, September 18 (2:00 PM PDT)
Where: Heart Health Park (Sacramento, CA)
How to Watch: ESPN+
Orange County SC will play their first of two straight road matchups when they head to the State Capitol for their second meeting with the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Finalists, Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday, September 18 at 2:00pm. OCSC looks to build on their 1-0 victory in the 405 Derby over the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves.
BARRICADING THE BATTALION
Sacramento Republic FC currently sit in fourth place in the USL Championship Western Conference and were the first USL Championship representatives in the U.S. Open Cup Final since the Charleston Battery in 2008. They boast the second best defense in the Western Conference, allowing just 29 goals with nine clean sheets.
2022 Regular Season Record: 13-8-7
Goals Scored: 39 | Goals Conceded: 29 | Clean Sheets: 9
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LOOKING TO REVERSE ROAD RESULTS
Orange County SC have had their fair share of struggles away from Championship Soccer Stadium, posting a 2-8-3 mark on the road. They will need a result from this match if they hope to keep their playoff hopes mathematically alive to defend their 2021 USL Championship title. A win against a current playoff team on the road, could be the kickstart they need to get back in the conversation.
Orange County SC is 8-9-5 all time against Sac Republic.
Previous Matchup: 2022 USL Championship
Orange County SC 1 – 1 Sacramento Republic FC
Summary: Damia Viader 2’ (SAC), Erick “Cubo” Torres 26’ (PEN) (OCSC)
YES. THERE WAS MORE, MILAN MAGIC
With a goal in the final USL Championship edition of the 405 Derby against the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves, forward Milan Iloski scored three goals to go along with two assists in two matches against Los Dos this year. He also added to his lead in the Golden Boot race with 20 goals scored on the season, tying the single season club record set by Danish forward Thomas Enevoldsen in 2018.
GOIN DOWN IN HOUNDTAHN
Orange County makes their fifth and final trip to an Eastern Conference opponent this season, taking on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Saturday, September 24. This is their sixth time in the Steel City against the Riverhounds, boasting a 4-1-0 record in their five previous trips.
SECURE YOUR 2023 SEASON SEASON TICKETS NOW!
Professional soccer is returning to Championship Soccer Stadium at the Great Park in Irvine for the 2023 USL Championship season! The best way to ensure your seat for all the action, is to become a season ticket holder! Enjoy all the same great benefits of being OCSC ticket holder, with an official OCSC badge and lanyard, a car magnet AND tickets to an away game of your choice. Place your deposit today at https://www.orangecountysoccer.com/season-tickets/.