Miami FC and Orange County SC Clash for the First Time

July 15, 2022 – United Soccer League Championship (USL) – Miami FC News Release

Irvine, Cal. – The Miami Football club turns to a cross-conference matchup against reigning USL Championship title winners Orange County SC on Saturday. The fixture is slated to kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will take place at Championship Soccer Stadium.

The game against Orange County is Miami FC’s third game in seven days. In brief, the South Florida side suffered a 4-1 loss against Pittsburgh Riverhounds last Saturday in Pennsylvania but turned things around with a victory over Charleston Battery on Wednesday in Miami.

Coming off a 1-0 win vs. Charleston Battery

The Orange and Blue claimed its seventh win of the 2022 USL Championship campaign. The 1-0 triumph against the Battery was enough to keep MFC on track for a playoff finish. Forward Romeo Parkes and attacking midfielder Florian Valot combined to score the outing’s only goal.

The results left Miami FC in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, with 27 points after 20 contests. Moreover, the side holds an even goal differential after scoring 22 goals and conceding the same amount.

Miami leads the league in clean sheets with nine overall, with goalkeeper Connor Sparrow claiming eight of the nine – most by a goalkeeper this year.

First-ever meeting against Orange County SC

Miami FC aims to pick up its first point against a Western Conference side this season. To do so, MFC will have to either draw or win against Orange County in their first-ever meeting.

Orange County is a veteran United Soccer League side, currently competing in its sixth USL Championship season. With Miami only joining the league in 2020, the two sides have not had the chance to face off on the pitch. Nonetheless, both clubs are looking to win the first edition of the series.

Three points are a must for Orange County, who are 11 points away from a playoff spot. On the other hand, the Orange and Blue need three points to maintain their playoff position and continue climbing up the Eastern Conference table.

About Orange County SC

Orange County SC finds itself second to last in the Western Conference standings. The USL Championship title holders have struggled to replicate their 2021 regular season run, where they finished second in their conference.

Up Next for Miami FC

Miami FC returns to South Florida for the week before traveling again. Pulis and his players head north to face off against Loudoun United on Saturday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Eastern Conference adversaries drew one-all at FIU Stadium on March 26, the second game of the season.

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