Orange County Blues (0-1-0, 0 Pts.) vs.
Saint Louis FC (0-2-0, 0 Pts.)
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 9:00 PM CT
Venue: Anteater Stadium, Irvine, California
LAST TIME OUT: For 42 minutes on Wednesday night, Saint Louis withstood and countered a number of attacks by the LA Galaxy II. In the 43rd minute, Los Dos midfielder Jaime Villarreal was able to thread a pass to Jack McBean, who got behind the back line, avoided diving goalkeeper Mark Pais and scored on a wide open goal. Two minutes later, Byram Rebellon fired a shot from the arc just outside the box which ricocheted off the near post and into the back of the net. It marks the second consecutive game Saint Louis gave up a goal in the closing minutes of a half after falling to the Real Monarchs 1-0 from an added time goal in 90th minute.
The Galaxy were able to add a third goal in the 58th minute when McBean bent a free kick into the net to record his second goal of the evening and seal a 3-0 victory for the home side.
Saint Louis would finish the night with eight shots, only one of which was on goal and accumulated two yellow cards. Midfielder Jacob Bushue was whistled for a hard tackle in the 57th minute, leading to McBean's free kick and goal, and defender AJ Cochran earned his booking in the 74th minute.
THE OPPONENT: The Orange County Blues fell to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in their home and season opener 1-0 on Saturday, March 26. The loss ended their five-game regular season unbeaten streak dating back to last season.
The Blues are lead by Head Coach and General Manager Oliver Wyss. In his first season at the helm in 2015, Wyss lead the Blues to a first place finish in the Western Conference regular season with a record of 14-9-5, for 47 pts.
2015's points leader, midfielder Didier Crettenand, who notched seven goals and three assists in 23 games returns to the Blues in 2016.
FIRST TIMERS: Seven players have made their first appearance for STLFC in the previous two matches. Chad Bond debuted as the club's newest captain last Saturday against the Real Monarchs SLC while defender AJ Cochran and midfielder/forward Schillo Tshuma also logged their first starts for the club. Rookie Tyler David and Chicago Fire loanee Drew Conner were subbed on in the second half against RSL to make their debuts as well.
In Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Eric Gehrig, also down from the Fire, made his first start for STLFC and rookie Vince Cicciarelli came on late in the second half to officially begin his professional career.
BACK TO BACK: Saint Louis FC has lost back to back games for the fifth time in its young franchise history. Never losing three in a row, the club will look to rebound Saturday night and bring home points at the conclusion of the season opening road trip.