“We hope to bring a good performance similar as we have seen during the training sessions during the week, which were really productive”, says Musatti. “We are still working on issues we identified during the last few matches and also reinforced some purposes of our game and several particularities of our system. We know they are still undefeated and a very competitive team, but we believe we can face them in equality and hopefully get a favorable result”.
Orange County FC, which is coached by former U.S. Men’s National Team legend Paul Cagliuri, is one of the three undefeated teams of the SW Conference, alongside Deportivo Coras and FC Arizona, and sits 3rd on the standings. The team is led by forwards Tomas Canale and Staforde Palmer, who scored three and two goals this season respectively.
It would be the first ever official match between the teams, as they previously met earlier this year during on a very hard-fought preseason friendly, where SoCal SC was able to come out with the 2-1 with a brace of Brazilian forward Edmilson Santos.
“That was an extremely atypical match, a test where we used our reserves during big part of the game and it doesn’t mean anything that we won that, as it wasn’t possible to take many conclusions from it. We expect their team to have a different attitude that this game would be not a friendly now, as we have seen on their games this 2017 NPSL Season. They are very competitive and tricky sometimes, but we are ready to enter the field to play our soccer regardless of who the opponent is”, added Musatti.