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SAN ANTONIO FC AIMS TO EARN FIRST-EVER USL PLAYOFF BERTH AT ORANGE COUNTY

By San Antonio FC Communications, 09/12/17, 3:45PM CDT

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San Antonio FC (13-2-10) will travel to face Orange County SC (8-8-9) on Wednesday night at Champions Soccer Stadium. The match will mark the second between the two clubs this season as SAFC aims to clinch their first-ever USL playoff berth with a win.

SAFC heads into the match on just three days’ rest after earning a 1-1 draw at LA Galaxy II on Saturday thanks to an 88th minute equalizer from captain Michael Reed. The club is now on a four-match unbeaten run, and could guarantee itself a place in the 2017 USL playoffs with a win against Orange County.

By earning three points against OCSC, the Alamo City club’s point tally would increase to 52 points in the standings, while reducing Orange County’s maximum possible reach to 51 points on the season, effectively ensuring SAFC a top-eight finish in the standings.

Orange County SC will aim to salvage their USL playoff hopes with a win at home after earning an impressive 2-1 victory against Swope Park Rangers on Saturday. The club is currently in 10th place in the standings with just 25 matches played, and could pass OKC Energy FC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and make its way into the top eight in the standings with a win against the Silver and Black.

Should he play, SAFC captain Michael Reed may play an important role in the club’s attack on Wednesday should he continue building on his recent form. The New Mexico native has tallied a goal and an assist in the team’s previous two matches, both of which have come in the dying minutes of the match to earn a win and a draw, respectively. Reed has now recorded two goals and two assists on the season, and set up the play that resulted in a Real Monarchs own goal en route to the team’s win on September 2.

SAFC and OCSC last met on August 5 at Toyota Field, where they played to a 1-1 draw thanks to goals from Kris Tyrpak and Jerry van Ewijk. Last season, SAFC fell 0-1 to OCSC on the road on April 16 in their first-ever encounter, prior to earning a 3-2 win in San Antonio on June 23, 2016.

The match will mark the third of four consecutive away matches for San Antonio FC. The team is currently 1-0-1 in their away stint, which they will conclude at Swope Park Rangers on Sunday.