SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Saturday, June 17, 2017) – Following a hard-fought 2-1 road loss to rivals Riverside Coras, the Southern California Sports Club returns home this Sunday (June 18), as the team hosts Orange County FC at 11AM (PT) at the Fairplex for the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
This week’s game will be a real test of SoCal SC’s squad depth, as the team has as many as eight confirmed absences on its game day roster. SoCal SC will not have suspended goalkeeper Tyler Wilson, defenders Max Rico and Jesus Soria and forward Roonie Moreno and injured goalkeeper Checo Torres, defender Jorge Caballero and midfielder Eric Gonzalez, besides of defender Taeyoung Kim, who is on international duty with the South Korea’s College National Team.
Midfielders Jorge Moreno and Francisco Magaña and forward Jonathan Mendiola also have their presences considered questionable, leaving the coaching staff with only 15 available players this weekend.
“It has been really hard to put a team together this week”, said SoCal SC’s Head Coach Daniel Musatti. “We’ll have at least eight players sidelined and this is a massive blow on our plans. However, the absence of a player also means an opportunity for another and we have full confidence on what the new starters can bring for us. It’s up to them to work hard and make the most of this opportunity to show what they are capable of”.
One of the new faces on the field will be goalkeeper Brandon Cardenas, who joined the club after the start of the season and was not even registered by the team until some weeks ago. With both Wilson and Torres sidelined, the young stopper will make his first game with SoCal SC.
“Brandon is a very nice kid”, Musatti added. “He was part of our squad last year and returned this season, but joined the group later than the other goalkeepers and was our fifth option for the position in a given moment. He never missed a training session, always worked very hard and was finally rewarded by his dedication. We were preparing him for the future, but the opportunity came before expected and we are very confident that he will succeed”.
SoCal SC is currently the sixth placed team of the West Southwest Conference with 14 points (four wins, two ties and six losses). Orange County FC is third, with 26 points, and one of the two undefeated team of the division (seven wins and five ties).
SoCal SC, though, holds an advantage against Orange County FC as the team prevailed 2-1 on their preseason meeting and tied 3-3 on their matchup on the first half of the regular season. Tickets are already on sale.