Irvine, CA (May 8, 2014) – The Orange County Blues lost their third game in a row, falling 2-0 to the Charlotte Eagles.
The Blues started the brighter of the two sides getting forward, but created very few chances. Charlotte grew into the game and took the lead in the 33rd minute as Drew Yates spun in the box and smashed the ball beyond the Orange County keeper, Patrick Mclain.
Blues Head Coach Daryoush Yazdani rang in the changes either side of half time. Four changes were made before the 48th minute as Gibson Bardsley, Gabriel Gonzalez, Cesar Rivera and Jiovanni Santana breathed new life into the Blues’ attack. Just as the Blues looked the more likely side to get the second goal, Ben Newnam curled it a wonder strike against the run of play. The Blues continued to attack but, the Eagles remained compact in defense and were able to see out the match.
The Eagles can now take a break from their six-game road swing as they prepare to host Premier Development League (PDL) side, Carolina Dynamo in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
The Blues do not have too much time to dwell on their third straight defeat as they hit the road to face off against Oklahoma City Energy FC, on Saturday. It will be Orange County’s first road match outside of California.
Orange County will then return home and head to central California to face the Fresno Fuego of the PDL on May 14th, in the second round of the US Open Cup. After that, it’s back to USL PRO play as the Blues will head to the Pacific Northwest to face-off against the Seattle Sounders Reserves on May 18th as part of the Major League Soccer-USL PRO partnership.
Catch the next match for the Orange County Blues 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)