Images: Darren Abate / USL
San Antonio FC is set to host Orange County SC Saturday night, as the Alamo City club will look to slow OC’s hot start to the season.
While Orange County has played one more match than many of the teams in the West, San Antonio included, they have been dominant in their showings. Most recently OC topped their fellow Southern California rivals Los Dos 3-0 after maintaining success on the road in two Oklahoma games, 1-0 over OKC and 5-0 over Tulsa.
Having allowed only two goals in their 2018 campaign, Orange County is a possession-minded, attacking team who has not allowed their opponents many opportunities to score. Part of their success comes from NYCFC loanee goalkeeper Andre Rawls, with some irony being that NYC is the MLS affiliate of SAFC.
San Antonio isn’t likely to sweat not holding the majority of possession. The club’s counter-attacking, build from the back and go attacking style may be the toughest challenge the OC squad has faced given how opposite it seems to be from their own. SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell has always played down the possession stat, pointing instead to what the team was able to do with the chances that had.
On the injuries front, Stephen McCarthy and Cesar Elizondo are the two known injuries that are most likely to miss time in this match. Greg Cochrane is expected to reclaim his starting role at left back while other players coming back from injury like Sonny Guadarrama and Connor Presley appeared to be full-health last week.
While it will be a tough test for San Antonio FC, the match should at least be an interesting one to watch. The last time the two teams met at Toyota Field was August 5th 2017 when Orange County came away with a penalty goal 5 minutes into stoppage time to level things 1-1. Kris Tyrpak’s goal in the 2nd minute preserved the point for the home team, and he’ll likely look to get another one past the LAFC affiliates.
Orange County SC
Form: 3-1-1 DLWWW, previous match 3-0 vs LA Galaxy II
San Antonio FC
Form: 1-1-2 LWDD, previous match 1-1 vs Swope Park Rangers
Two Ten Soccer Projected Starting XI
Images: San Antonio FC
Jonathan Check: San Antonio 1-1 OCSC
Jesus Miguel Garcia: San Antonio – OCSC
Larry Leathers: San Antonio 1-1 OCSC
Jose Mario Jimenez: San Antonio 1-0 OCSC
Kyle Mahnke: San Antonio 2-1 OCSC
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