Coming off a tough three match road trip, the Monarchs will now be at home for three of the final four regular season matches. Three of the four matches are against teams above them in the standings and the fourth is against a team equal on points. In addition, the match scheduled for last Saturday was delayed due to the untimely death of an Austin Bold player leaving the Monarchs playing on both Wednesday and Saturday for each of the final two weeks before the playoffs.
First into town on Wednesday night is Orange County SC who sits two points above the Monarchs. Orange County delivered an elegant 3-1 victory over the Monarchs just over a month ago in Irvine and have gone 4-1 in their last five matches. They will however be coming up to Herriman on short rest following a 2-0 victory over OKC Energy on Saturday in Irvine.
Lead by 23-year-old Jamaican Michael Seaton with 12 goals and Darwin Jones with 11 goals, Orange County has an offense that sputters at times and typically relies on good team defense to pull out victories. On the road, their pattern has been to pull in a tight defensive formation as seek to push through a goal or two on the counter.
As always it will be important for the Monarchs to come out quickly and push for an early goal. With leading scorer Douglas Martinez away with the full Honduran MNT during this international break, Maikel Chang, Jack Blake and Kyle Coffee will need to step up and deliver the goals.
Look for RSL to also supply help in goal and the midfield during their break from play before the playoff game against Portland in 10 days.
The action begins at 7 PM tomorrow night within the friendly confines of Zions Bank Stadium and will be streamed on ESPN+ live and following the match.