SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Friday, June 9, 2017) – The Southern California Sports Club is looking forward to its first-ever win at the Inland Empire Clasico this weekend as the team faces rivals Riverside Coras this Sunday (June 11) at the UC Riverside Soccer Stadium at 6:30PM (PT) for the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
Coras has dominated the recent but intense history of the Inland Empire Clasico as the team defeated SoCal SC three times in a row since 2016, including a hard-fought 2-1 win.
After back-to-back wins over City of Angels FC and Corinthians USA and a solid performance against Conference leaders FC Arizona, midfielder Jorge Moreno is confident that SoCal SC will be able to finally defeat their rivals.
“Last match is still tough to swallow for us and I’m confident that we can win this time”, Moreno said. “It’s a very important game for us and we’ve worked at our best through the week to be ready to get the result we want on Sunday”.
A win would be much welcomed as SoCal SC sits at the fifth place of the West Southwest Conference, with 14 points (four wins, two ties, five losses). With five more matches on the regular season schedule, the goal is to finish the season strong.
“The team has been performing pretty well and we feel that we lost some points due to lack of experience”, Head Coach Daniel Musatti commente. “This is a risk we assumed when we put together a roster that averages just over 21 years old as our main goal here is to develop players. But the improvement of the group is notorious as we have played competitive matches against the teams that are above us on the standings. We know that advancing to the playoffs is really hard now, but we want to do our part well, finish strong and see what happens”.
Riverside Coras is the third placed team of the division with 30 points (eight wins, two ties, two losses). The team, though, is going through an inconsistent moment as it lost two of its last three matches.