March 17, 2023 – United Soccer League Championship (USL) – Orange County SC News Release
Kickoff: Saturday, March 18 (7:00 PM PDT)
Where: Championship Stadium (Irvine, CA)
How to Watch: At The Champ, Bally Sports SoCal, ESPN+
Orange County SC kicks off our annual Beer Fest series when the Tampa Bay Rowdies make their first trip to Championship Stadium at the Great Park in Irvine, CA at 7:00 PDT. Gates will open for Beer Fest as early as 4:00 PM, so be sure to get out early and pack The Champ!
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Even though OCSC have played Tampa Bay twice before, this will mark the first time in club history that the Rowdies will come to Orange County. The Black and Orange have previously played against the Rowdies twice, and of course, every Orange County fan remembers the USL Championship Final in 2021. Tampa Bay is coming off a draw with Indy Eleven last Saturday, in which they conceded the tying goal in the 96th minute, a penalty scored by former OCSC midfielder Aodhan Quinn.
2023 Regular Season Record: 0-0-1 (20-7-7 in 2022, 3rd in USL-C Eastern Conference)
Goals Scored: 1 | Goals Allowed: 1 | Clean Sheets: 0
Players to Watch:
F Cal Jennings
F JJ Williams
HOPPING INTO SATURDAY
Orange County SC plays its second of three matches to open the 2023 USL Championship season. The Black and Orange will be looking to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss to a very good Louisville City FC side last Saturday. Midfielder Kevin Partida scored the lone goal in the match, with a rocket into the top corner. OCSC could be led by new reinforcements at the back with new shot stopper, Cody Cropper available for selection.
Orange County SC is 1-1-0 all-time against Tampa Bay.
Previous Matchup: 2022 USL Championship Season
Orange County SC 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Summary: Brian Iloski 57′ (OCSC). Leo Fernandes 15′, Ian Hoffman (43′ OG), Dayonn Harris 89′ (TBR)
ROOTED IN IRVINE
This year is Orange County SC’s 10th year calling the City of Irvine home! From the campuses of UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton averaging a little over 500 fans in attendance, to our home of Championship Soccer Stadium at the Great Park and averaging over 4,000 fans last year. We are proud to call Irvine our home and proud to represent our community. Over the course of this season, there will be various celebrations including a 10th anniversary merchandise line, a special “Ten Icons of OCSC” piece, and much more. Be sure to follow the club across all of our social media platforms to stay up to date with…
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