Saint Louis FC And Orange County SC Kick Off At 7:30 PM Saturday Night At Toyota Stadium
Saint Louis FC welcomes Orange County SC to town this weekend for a Saturday night United Soccer League tilt at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.
Orange County SC sits in third place on the USL’s Western Conference table with a record of 11-6-3 through the first 20 games of the season. Saint Louis FC is 5-6-7 on the season and in tenth place on the table.
The two sides played to a 1-1 draw back in May at Champions Stadium in Irvine, California.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM at Toyota Stadium. Can’t make it to Soccer Park? Stream the match on ESPN+ or listen on KTRS 550 AM.
Scroll down for a preview of Saturday’s match and more, including Fire & Ice SC heading to the WPSL Final Four.
Last Time Out
Saint Louis FC did battle with Tulsa Roughnecks FC last Saturday at Soccer Park. Well. . . they did battle for about nine minutes. Severe weather in the area led to a weather delay in the 9th minute. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow for the game to continue. On Wednesday October 10, play will resume between STLFC and Tulsa in the 9th minute at Soccer Park.
Orange County SC gave the Swope Park Rangers their third loss in a row last Saturday, winning 4-0. Four different players scored for Orange County at Children’s Mercy Park.
Aedan Stanley Set For Final Home Match Of 2018
Aedan Stanley will be playing his final game of the 2018 season for Saint Louis FC. Well hopefully he’ll be playing his final game, as strange as that sounds to say. We’ve known all season that Stanley would be leaving early to begin his college soccer career playing for John Kerr at Duke University. The Blue Devils will open the 2018 season with an exhibition match against Clemson in Durham, North Carolina.
Earlier this month, Stanley was called into the U.S. Men’s National Team U-20 camp by coach Tab Ramos. The camp was originally scheduled to run from July 15-22 in Raleigh, but Stanley was in the starting XI for Anthony Pulis last weekend against Tulsa. General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh revealed on FC Soccer Weekly that the club is hoping the young defender will make it back to St. Louis in time to play Saturday night.
Stanley told USLSoccer.com that he’s looking forward to playing at home one last time this season.
“I feel like it will be very bittersweet to play a game at home in front of all our fans and then begin the next chapter of my life away at Duke [University],” said Stanley. “I just got done with a U20 USMNT camp for the last four days so it’s deﬁnitely been a whirlwind but I’m looking forward to playing at home one more time before focusing on my collegiate career.”
Anthony Pulis had kind words for Stanley recently in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“It’s been a real pleasure working with Aedan the last six months or so,” the coach said. “He’s a really good player and a really good human being. Obviously, we’re disappointed that he’s leaving because he’s become an important player for us. At the same time, though, I’m excited for him and looking forward to seeing what he can do at Duke and hopefully beyond that.”
Enevoldsen Leads Orange County SC
Orange County SC can definitely score some goals, only two teams have scored more goals that OC’s 36. Thomas Enevoldsen leads the team and the USL Golden Boot race with 11 goals in 20 appearances this season. Michael Seaton (5 goals), Giovanni Ramos Godoy (3 goals in 16 games) and Aodhan Quinn (4 goals) are also proven goal scorers for the visitors. All four scored last Saturday in Kansas City.
Quinn also is the USL distribution leader by a wide margin. The Orange County midfielder has completed 1,324 passes on the season while Mitchell Taintor of Sacramento is second with 1,186.
Orange County also added former Seattle Sounders forward Darwin Jones to the roster earlier this week. Jones played 23 USL games last season for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Enevoldsen has done it all for Orange County this season. The 30-year old forward from Denmark has started every game for his side and spent 1,800 minutes on the pitch this season. In addition to his 11 tallies, he’s also produced 4 assists and been shown 3 yellow cards. Enevoldsen joined Orange County back in February after spending portions of his career in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The winger made 11 appearances for Denmark’s Men’s National Team from 2009-2011, including one cap in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
MLS side Los Angeles FC loaned goalkeeper Luis Lopez to Orange County SC earlier this week. The 24-year Honduran moved to LAFC back in January from his Honduran club, Real Espana, and was brought in to make up for the recent absence of Andre Rawls. The New York City FC loanee had been one of the top goalkeepers in the league this season. In 16 appearances this season he has made 57 saves and recorded seven clean sheets, but has not played since June 30 in Phoenix due to injury.
Rawls was born in St. Louis, but graduated high school in California. The 26-year old was actually in goal for the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 9, 2015 at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. Sam Fink’s second half goal gave STLFC the 1-0 win, its first home win in franchise history.
Mats Bjurman, who played with Saint Louis FC last season, has been featured in 18 matches this season for Orange County. Alex Crognale, who has started 12 games and been featured in 13, will serve the final of his three-match suspension this Saturday.
What To Expect From Saint Louis FC
Phanuel Kavita joined KTRS’s FC Soccer Weekly Friday night and spoke about the team’s mindset last Saturday night. The defender noted that none of the STLFC players were happy with the performance or result in Las Vegas. The abrupt postponement of last Saturday;s contest means that the players have played just nine minutes of soccer since.
Corey Hertzog returned to the lineup last Saturday from injury. He’ll be eager to play more than nine minutes of soccer this Saturday.
Look for the Chupacabras to attack the Orange County backline early on Saturday night. The players will be eager to prove something to themselves, each other and the home fans.
Word is recently acquired forward Michael Cox is still undergoing medical testing and will not be available for selection Saturday. Another recently acquired player, midfielder Pierre Da Silva, is expected to be available. Da Silva was acquired on a two-match loan from Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer. The 19-year old was also loaned to the Chupacabras back in May for one match. While the youngster topped the USL’s 20 Under 20 list last season, he has spent this year on Orlando City’s MLS roster but has yet to be featured in a match.
Check out head coach Anthony Pulis on Blue Chip’s Buggin’ The Coaches segment.
Tickle Those Earholes With More Soccer Talk
The trio of St. Louligans that put together a podcast had Fire & Ice SC head coach Lindsey Kennedy-Eversmeyer as a guest on this week’s edition of the This Is Silly! podcast. The gang discussed this weekend’s WPSL Final Four, Saint Louis FC and more. You can follow FISC and the WPSL Championship Weekend online via the WPSL website.
FISC fell to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves 1-0 last weekend in the Central Region Final last weekend. That would normally have meant the end of the season for the team. Instead, both participants in the East Region Final were unable to take a spot in the Final Four, leaving a spot open for FISC. Now, Lindsey Kennedy-Eversmeyer and company will head to Norman, Oklahoma this weekend to defend the WPSL Championship that they won last season. You can check out this article from Joe Lyons at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more on the situation.
Fire & Ice SC set up a Go Fund Me campaign to fund the trip to the Final Four this weekend. The campaign has raised nearly $6,000 at this point with many of the donations coming from members of the St. Louligans and Saint Louis FC.
If you need more soccer talk, listen to Friday night’s episode of FC Soccer Weekly from KTRS.
In case you didn’t know, Jake Fenlason and Austin Martz of STLFC do a podcast for the USL called Outside The Box. On their latest episode, they are joined by Oklahoma City Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi.
Pack The Park Saturday
Saturday night’s weather forecast may be as close to perfect as you can get this time of the year in St. Louis. Clear skies and temperatures in the 80s should make for a perfect night at Toyota Stadium.
Fans can take advantage of two different “4 For $48” packs Saturday night. One package includes four general admission tickets and four draft beers while the other packages includes four hot dogs and four fountain drinks with the four GA tickets.
Speaking of those St. Louligans, they do way more than just record a few of them talking soccer. They will have their traiditional tailgate before Saturday night’s game beginning no earlier than 5:30 pm when the parking lot gates at Soccer Park open. This week, they will be serving up bratwurst sandwiches in addition to empty plastic cups. The supporter’s group will also be raffling off an STLFC Mission Taco Pride jersey signed by the entire team. Donations and raffle ticket money will go to the Missouri Humane Society in honor of the Kriska family and the late Justin Kriska of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Don’t want to drive out to Soccer Park? Take the Pub 2 Park Shuttle presented by JED Transportation from either Mission Taco-Soulard, Sugarfire 44 or Amsterdam Tavern. Reserve your spot on the shuttle on the program webpage.
Purchase tickets for Saturday night’s USL match between Saint Louis FC and Orange County SC at Toyota Stadium’s Marco box office at World Wide Technology Soccer Park, via SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
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