Kickoff: Saturday, October 21 (7:30 PM PST)
Where: Championship Stadium (Irvine, CA)
How to Watch: At The Champ, ESPN+
Orange County SC plays their first match in the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs as they host El Paso Locomotive FC in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 PM at Championship Stadium in Irvine, CA. Join us at The Champ with gates opening at 6:00 PM for a Pregame Party! Plus, the first 3,500 fans in attendance will receive thundersticks courtesy of our partners at Monkey Shoulder.
GOT ON THE RIGHT TRACK BY THE END
El Paso Locomotive FC enters the Western Conference Quarterfinal as the 7th seed in the USL Championship Western Conference. It was a tumultuous ride for the Locomotive at the end of the season, finishing 3-2-2 in their last seven matches. This includes a 2-1 win on the final day of the regular season over Oakland Roots SC that brought them above the playoff line after entering the day on the outside looking in. Former champion with OCSC and current Locomotive captain Eric Calvillo led the side in the regular season in assists. Now El Paso heads into the playoffs Top 10 in clean sheets, but also bottom 10 in goals allowed on the season. So it begs the question, which Locomotive will we get on Saturday?
2023 Regular Season Record: 13-13-8 (7th in USL-C Western Conference)
Goals Scored: 41 | Goals Allowed: 51 | Clean Sheets: 10
Players to Watch
M Eric Calvillo
F Petar Petrović
THE JOURNEY TO BRING IT HOME STARTS AT THE CHAMP
Orange County SC heads into the Western Conference Quarterfinals as the 2nd seed in the USL Championship Western Conference. The Black and Orange earned all three points last time out after they defeated Monterey Bay FC 1-0 on the road. Forward Milan Iloski scored his 16th goal of the season, and goalkeeper Colin Shutler and his defense secured their second consecutive shutout to claim all three points. They will be without forward Marc “Sparky” McNulty and midfielder Kevin Partida Saturday, as both will be serving red card suspensions for the first round. Heading into the postseason, OCSC is ranked top five in clean sheets and goals conceded and is in the top half in goals scored, led by Milan Iloski’s 16, which ranked fifth in the league individually.
Players to Watch
F Milan Iloski
GK Colin Shutler
Orange County SC is 1-4-3 all-time against El Paso Locomotive FC, with no previous playoff meetings.
Previous Matchup: 2023 USL Championship
Orange County SC 0 – 0 El Paso Locomotive FC (Championship Stadium, Irvine, CA)
Scoring summary: N/A
BECOME AN OWNER OF OCSC!
Orange County SC has officially launched its fundraise campaign earlier this week, giving Orange County SC fans and soccer fans around the world the unique opportunity to own their own piece of Orange County SC! If you would like to purchase an investment stake in OCSC, you can do so on the Republic page.
HERE TO STAY!
In a decision that was voted unanimously 5-0 by the Great Park Board on Tuesday, October 10, Orange County SC earned a landmark agreement with the City of Irvine to keep them at Championship Stadium at The Great Park in Irvine until 2033! We look forward to making memories with our fans and playing at The Champ for the next decade!
SECURE YOUR SEAT FOR 2024!
The only way to secure your seat for every Orange County SC home match in 2024 is by becoming a season ticket holder! Becoming a season ticket holder comes with special benefits, like your own entrance at The Champ, a ticket to one away game of your choice and much more! Deposits for the 2024 season are now open! Place yours today at orangecountysoccer.com/season-tickets.