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MATCH PREVIEW: Targeting the top half, SoCal SC faces Albion Pros SC in San Diego
June 30, 2017
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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Friday, June 30, 2017) – After a convincing 3-0 win over the Oxnard Guerreros last Sunday, the Southern California Sports Club will be on the road again on the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) this Saturday (July 1) as the team heads to the Mission Bay High School, in San Diego, to face the Albion Pros SC at 6PM (PT).

Eliminated from playoff contention, SoCal SC climbed up to the fifth position at the West Southwest Conference with 17 points (five wins, two ties, seven losses). With two more matches to play until the end of the season, the team wants to secure its spot in the Top 5 of the Division, finishing ahead of Temecula FC, which also has 17 points, and the Oxnard Guerreros (16).

“We’re looking forward to get the points”, said SoCal SC’s Head Coach Daniel Musatti. “Right now, we want to remain at the fifth position. Our goal is to be in the upper side of the league, like we did last year. Our campaign this season is really similar to last year’s and we feel that we just need to improve a little bit on the details that are needed to get the results”.

There is also a little bit of a revenge feeling for SoCal SC as the team was eliminated from last year’s playoffs by Albion and now has the opportunity of making the rivals’ way to the postseason more difficult.

With 28 points, Albion needs to win this match to continue competing with Orange County FC (29) and Riverside Coras (32) for the final two playoff spots of the Conference. Leaders FC Arizona (37) are the only team already guaranteed in the postseason so far.

“It’s the last two games of the season, we can’t just stop”, commented goalkeeper Tyler Wilson. “We have to keep playing and it’s about our pride too. We are also trying to keep Albion out of the playoffs. Obviously they did that to us last year, so it is a chance to redeem ourselves from last year”, commented goalkeeper Tyler Wilson.

For the final two games of the season, SoCal SC will not count on midfielder Jorge Moreno, who departed to Spain, where he will try out for La Liga team Leganés and second tier sides Rayo Vallecano, Albacete and Getafe.

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