By: Nikko Giron
IRVINE, Calif. – The Orange County Blues are set to battle the Charlotte Eagles this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. PT at Anteater Stadium, located on the campus of University Of California, Irvine.
The Eagles are set to conclude a three-game West Coast road trip against the Blues, having played at Arizona United on Saturday night and at the LA Galaxy II on Monday night. Now they cross the Orange Curtain from LA to Orange County, and with Monday’s 2-1 loss to LA still fresh in their minds, the Eagles are targeting the Orange County Blues for a signature West Coast win.
Aiming to recover from their defeat to Sacramento Republic FC on the road, the Blues are back in Irvine and ready to clinch a win at home in front of their fans. The squad is hoping for a big turnout on Thursday, and encourage all of Orange County to come out and support.
The Eagles’ roster includes a few notable veterans. Midfielder Jorge Herrera, an All-League selection a season ago, has been with the Eagles for seven seasons, and midfielder Wells Thompson joined Charlotte this season after a six year career in Major League Soccer. Charlotte also has a young forward named Guiseppe Gentile, who’s on loan from Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire.
For Orange County, keep an eye on Jiovanni Santana and Allan Russell. Russell and Santana received Honorable Mentions on the USL PRO Team of the Week for their performance in Week 7 against Sacramento; Santana, for his far post cross assist to Russell, who utilized the assist to score with the header. Defender Rauwshan McKenzie, on loan from the Portland Timbers, was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for his performance on defense.
In addition, three Blues players have played for Charlotte in previous years. Gibson Bardsley was with the team in 2011, and Stephen Okai and William Prado were with Charlotte last season, which ended with the Eagles reaching the USL PRO Championship Game, where they fell to Orlando City.
Enjoy football in Orange County by calling (714) 738-8011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on the OC Blues or hashtag #myocblues on social media.
If you can’t make it to Anteater Stadium, you can watch the games via livestream, thanks to a new partnership between USLPRO and YouTube. Watch OC Blues FC versus Charlotte Eagles live, for free, on the OC Blues FC YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ocbluesfc).
The next match for the Orange County Blues will be this Saturday, May 10 on the road against OKC Energy FC. For fans interested in watching the Blues versus OKC, you may watch the game at the following link: (http://www.youtube.com/user/okcenergyfc).