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Orange County SC Crash Out of U.S. Open Cup with 3-1 Loss vs. LA Galaxy

Orange County SC players warming up | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2017
Orange County SC Crash Out of U.S. Open Cup with 3-1 Loss vs. LA Galaxy

While the scoreline read 3-1, Orange County SC can take positives away from this result.

The game started well for the away side. They took the initiative and early as the 5th minute, winger Dusan Stevanovic played a crossfield pass to Carlos Alvarez, who in turn squared it to Jerry van Ewijk, who miss hit the pass and fell straight into the hands of LA Galaxy keeper Jon Kempin.

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Orange County SC player Carlos Alvarez | Photo by Jorge Alvarez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2017

They didn’t let up, they were able to retain possession and put pressure on the Galaxy defense. In the 16th minute, Carlos Alvarez was able to find some space in the box, but curled his shot wide of the far post.

Throughout the first half, not only were they were positive in their place, but they were compact in defense as the Galaxy were increasing their influence on the game.

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LA Galaxy’s Jack McBean marked by Orange County SC’s Oscar Sorto | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2017

While Orange County had the better of the chances, they were unlucky to go down 1-0 as Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal hit a world class shot past OCSC keeper Charlie Lyon.

Being down 1-0 early on is not the best situation for any club, but they were able to tie it up in the 26th minute as Belgian defender Roy Meeus scored a header off of a corner kick.

Even though they tied it up, The Galaxy were pinning the away side back in their own end and center-back Oscar Sorto conceded a penalty in the 36th minute. Galaxy striker Jack McBean scored the ensuing penalty from the spot in the same minute.

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Orange County SC defender Oscar Sorto | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14. 2017

The Galaxy were able to keep control at the beginning of the second half, but manager Logan Pause made some key substitutions. In the 58th minute, striker Wuilito Fernandes came on for midfielder Victor Pineda, and in the 66th minute winger Monday Etim came on for Stevanovic.

Fernandes and Etim were able to inspire the away side and they were able to get in behind the Galaxy defense. In the 70th minute, Etim was able to get on the end of a through ball by van Ewijk and crossed the ball and after a failed clearance, landed to the leg of midfielder of Richard Chaplow, who’s shot got blocked.

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LA Galaxy captain Jelle Van Damme marking Orange County SC forward Wuilito Fernandes | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2017

Another chance came in the 71st minute as Etim hit a shot over the bar inside the 18 yard box.

In the 73rd minute, the away side were made to pay for their missed chances as Ari Lassiter hit home a rebound from a corner kick.

After Orange County had a shot cleared, The match would turn into a stalemate in midfield and the score stayed at 3-1.

Roy Meeus believed that set pieces were the difference in the match, but played well regardless:

“The difference today was set pieces, they have a bigger side than us they were dangerous on set pieces…In these matches, details make the difference….We played very well. We were definitely not the weaker team today, but they took their chances. That’s the difference at the highest level. You got to make those details count. We got chances in the first half but we didn’t score them.”

Despite the the defensive mistakes on set pieces, Orange County can take positives away from this match. They were able to compete with an MLS side for 90 minutes (Even though it was a mixed squad). They were not outplayed and they were dangerous when on the attack. If they took their chances, it could have been a different outcome.

Their next match is at home vs. Seattle Sounders II on June 24th.

*Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise stated

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