The I-5 Army awaits

by Art Eftekhari

Orange County FC and their supporters are full of confidence riding a three-game win streak as they prepare for a showdown with Southern California Sports Club

Irvine, CA - It has been nearly one month since Orange County FC hosted its only home game of their inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League. A convincing 6-1 victory over Temecula FC was the perfect way to get things started off at the place they call home: Portola High School.

The official attendance for OCFC’s home opener was 879 and the crowd produced a great soccer atmosphere. Especially the official supporters group known as the I-5 Army.

“Being in the I-5 Army means a lot,” said I-5 Army member Eduardo. “It feels great to be part of a supportive crowd in a great county.”

In the ensuing three weeks, OCFC had a bye week and secured road victories against City of Angels FC and Oxnard Guerreros FC.

Next up is a showdown with SoCal Sports Club on Saturday April 15th.

Officially it will be the first match between OCFC and SoCal but very few people have forgotten the preseason warm-up that took place at Vanguard University which ended in a 2-1 loss for Orange County FC.

The preseason match contained yellow and red cards, words were exchanged, and tempers flared but the OCFC players definitely have the right mindset leading up to the match against SoCal.

“Every game is a different game,” said defender Daniel Yo. “We don’t think about our opponent. We play one-hundred percent every game no matter what.”

OCFC know they must mark-up tight on SoCal strikers Edmilson and Rooni Moreno as both created lots of problems in the preseason meeting at Vanguard.

The preseason match at hardly had any spectators but this time SoCal SC will also have to face the I-5 Army.

“The I-5 Army acts as our 12th man on field,” said midfielder Michael Bryant. “They bring energy and excitement which fuels us to push on.”

Although a lot is not known about the I-5 Army, rumor has it that they aim to expand every week but they have a message for all visiting teams: “You are coming a long way, just to lose.”

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