Austin Bold vs San Antonio FC : After an Open Cup match during the midweek, USL sides resume their league play on Saturday. Fortunes differed for the two sides, and Austin Bold FC have an additional day of rest compared to Orange County SC.
Naturally there is no history between the two sides, but many of the players for the Bold have dressed for other USL sides in their careers. Most notable of the bunch is Austin goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, who had a torrid experience against Orange County in 2018, allowing six goals over two matches.
Orange County enters the match with a mixed run of form following last week’s draw in San Antonio, but Austin enters with an abysmal away record. The Bold have only scored once and earned just one point on the road, both of which were accomplished in the opening two weeks of the season. Such a record will surely be on the minds of the Bold players, meaning they will almost certainly attempt to strike first and control the rest of the game.
With only one point separating the two Southern California clubs in the Western Conference standings, this has the potential to be a riveting first edition of the rivalry matchup.
All-time, LA Galaxy II are 9-6-3 against Orange County SC, going 5-1-3 at home. In their final meeting of 2018, Los Dos secured a 3-0 win on the road against OCSC. Ethan Zubak, Frank Lopez and Jonathan Hernandez all recorded goals in the match.
Los Dos return home after showing their resiliency on the road against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. Omar Ontiveros scored the opening goal and his first of the season against his former team in the 16thminute. For the majority of the second half, LA Galaxy II found themselves down a goal, but they continued to press offensively. Their scrappiness was rewarded in the final minute of stoppage time when Zubak scored the game-tying goal to help LA Galaxy II steal a point on the road.
The first major cupset of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s national championship, was achieved by Open Division amateurs Florida Soccer Soldiers who beat Division II (USL Championship) professionals Charlotte Independence in a penalty shootout.
Soccer Soldiers, out of Miami Beach, already took down former NASL pros Miami FC in the First Round and will face the winner of North Carolina FC (USL Championship) or Richmond Kickers (USL League One) in the Third Round.