Last week Orange County SC extended their winless streak to seven games after a disappointing 2-1 loss against OKC Energy FC at home.
This upcoming Saturday, they will meet visitors Reno 1868 FC for the second time this season.
These two teams last met in the season opener where Orange County got the best of Reno 1868, 2-0.
However, with no Duke Lacroix to contribute this time around, here are the keys to success against Reno 1868.
Be The First To Score
In recent games, Orange County SC has been the one facing the challenge of having to come back from behind against opponents, and despite having shown that they are capable of sparking late turn arounds, it has not worked in their favor in terms of results.
It is one of those situations where Orange County is starting to feel “too little, too late” because of the momentum they have shown in the second half of matches.
However, if Orange County can avoid giving up the first goal, and in turn, be the first to score, the team’s confidence can rise significantly.
Last week midfielder Carlos Alvarez made his return to the pitch after having been sidelined for multiple games due to an injury they kept him from helping out his teammates in these tough times.
However, now that LAFC loanee is back, there is no doubt he will make an immediate impact starting this Saturday.
Maintain Possession In The Midfield
If there is one thing Orange County SC has done a great job of in recent games, it is maintaining possession in the midfield.
Players such as Richard Chaplow, Frank Olijve, and Zach Kobayashi do well in keeping the midfield balanced and running smoothly, so if they can hold onto doing that, it can only be a positive.
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