Kickoff: Tuesday, November 15 (7:00 PM PST)
Where: Championship Soccer Stadium (Irvine, CA)
How to Watch: At The Champ, ESPN+
Orange County SC is hosting an international friendly with Bundesliga 2 side Hamburger SV on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine. Join us at the Champ for this historic event, as well as a German-style beer fest and few send offs for some club legends.
READY FOR THE RED PANTS
Hamburger SV is one of the longest-standing clubs in the history of German club soccer. Nicknamed die Rothosen for their iconic red pants, the club is currently playing in 2. Bundesliga and head into the World Cup break sitting second in the table. Hamburg selected OCSC as one of their friendly opponents due to the club’s shared “Pathway to Pro” beliefs for their players. They have previously been crowned German champions, won the European Cup and are currently working towards promotion back into the Bundesliga.
2022 Regular Season Record: 11-5-1
Goals Scored: 19 | Goals Conceded: 10 | Clean Sheets: 6
Players to Watch
M Lásló Bénes
F Robert-Nesta Glatzel
ORANGE COUNTY VS. THE WORLD
This is Orange County SC’s third international friendly match in club history. They previously split a two game set with Club Tijuana at Championship Soccer Stadium.
Orange County SC is 1-1-0 all-time in international friendlies.
Previous Matchup: 2019 International Friendly
Orange County SC 5 – 1 Club Tijuana
Summary: Elliott Collier 60’ (SAFC)
ONE FINAL RUN AT THE CHAMP
Tuesday’s match will mark the final match in Black and Orange for German goalkeeper Patrick Rakovsky and Finnish midfielder Mikko Kuningas. This season Rakovsky made 27 starts and recorded 69 saves for OCSC. Kuningas battled injuries over the course of the 2022 season, but recorded one goal and two assists in 16 matches. Both Kuningas and Rakovsky played integral roles in OCSC’s run to the title in 2021, so be sure to come out and send them off in style.
FOREVER ORANGE AND BLACK
Orange County SC is also saluting captain and defender Michael Orozco, midfielder Tommy McCabe and forwards Sean “Ugo” Okoli and Erick “Cubo” Torres. The group will not be appearing in the match against Hamburg, but will be receiving special recognition during the match. Orozco is the club leader in starts, matches played and minutes played. McCabe made eight starts in 24 appearances for OCSC this season, providing one goal. Okoli notched five goals in 13 starts across 33 appearances. Torres scored nine goals and added two assists in 25 starts across 33 appearances in 2022, his lone season with OCSC. McCabe, Okoli and Orozco depart as champions and all four will always be remembered for their contributions in Orange and Black!
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/.
Get your 10-game Orange County SC Flex Packs for the upcoming 2023 season. When you buy 9 tickets, you get a 10th for free! You can spread out the ten tickets across multiple games or bring out the whole crew for one game.
OCSC X RANGERS THANKSGIVING CAMP!
Join us at the Great Park in Irvine for our OCSC x Rangers Thanksgiving Camp! Campers will enjoy instruction from youth development coaches at our partner club, Rangers FC in Scotland. You can sign up here.