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Positive Signs for Orange County SC Despite 3-Game Losing Streak

Orange County SC v Real Monarchs | Photo by uslsoccer.com | June 3, 2017
Positive Signs for Orange County SC Despite 3-Game Losing Streak

While impressing in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a win versus LA Wolves and a great performance against the LA Galaxy despite losing 3-1, Orange County SC are currently on a three game losing streak in the USL, with their last loss coming against Real Monarchs at home 1-0.

Even though this has been their worst run of form in the league so far, there have been many positives signs that they can turn their fortunes around this weekend against Seattle Sounders 2.

Turning back the clocks to their last home game vs. Real Monarchs, Orange County held their own against the second place squad in the Western Conference.

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Orange County SC team jerseys | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 31, 2017

While conceding in the first minute of the game, Orange County were not deterred by the early setback. They were able to stifle the Monarchs in midfield and were first to every second ball. With their good work, chances came. Forward Wuilito Fernandes had two chances to score and in the 44th minute, he curled a shot just wide of the post.

Good fortune came at the stroke of halftime as Fernandes was brought down in the box and was awarded a penalty. Winger Jerry van Ewijk stepped up to take it, but was saved by Monarchs keeper Connor Sparrow.

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Orange County SC goalkeeper Charlie Lyon | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 31, 2017

After a sterling performance in goal by keeper Charlie Lyon throughout the second half, Ami Pineda was close to scoring late on as his shot hit off of the crossbar.

If not for a missed penalty, Orange County could have left the Great Park with a point. They made life difficult for the Monarchs and created chances for themselves.

Against LA Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup, they pressed the home side and forced them into making mistakes while in possession. They created two clear cut chances early on as van Ewijk fluffed a opened shot towards Galaxy keeper Jon Kempin and Carlos Alvarez was in on goal and hit a shot wide of the post.

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Orange County SC shot wide off the mark | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2017

While they had the better of the chances, the quality of the Galaxy showed as Jose Villarreal hit a world-class shot past Lyon to make it 1-0 in the 17th minute.

Orange County continued to put pressure on the Galaxy and they leveled the score in the 26th minute as leftback Roy Meeus scored off of a corner kick. They then conceded a penalty when Oscar Sorto took Jack McBean down in the box. The Galaxy forward would score to make it 2-1.

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LA Galaxy’s Jack McBean preparing to take penalty shot against Orange County SC | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2014

Despite the score and their positive display, their presence in the box was dwarfed by a bigger Galaxy side, and their dominance in the box was awarded as Ari Lassiter hit home a loose ball in the box to make it 3-1.

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Orange County SC defender Joe Franco shielding LA Galaxy’s Ari Lassiter | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | June 14, 2017

While they lost 3-1, they showed that they can compete with an MLS side. They pressed and forced the Galaxy in making mistakes, they were compact in defense and kept a solid shape, and they created chances to score.

If they can take the positives out of these two matches, they have more than a good chance to put in a solid performance in their next match this weekend at home vs. Seattle Sounders 2.

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