Orange County Blues (USL) 1, L.A. Wolves (Calif.) 1 (2-4 PKs)
The SoCal battle between Orange County Blues and L.A. Wolves continued as a stalemate until midway through the second half when Miguel Sanchez gave the amateur Wolves side a 1-0 advantage in the 72nd minute. Not to be dispatched easily, the Blues struck back five minutes later through Grady Howe, knotting the match a 1-1 and sending the combatants to 30 minutes of extra time. Neither team could regain the lead in the extra period, resulting in a back-and-forth penalty kick shootout. Orange County seized the early advantage as one of Wolves shots was saved, giving the blues a 2-1 lead. The tables turned over the course of the next three kicks however as Orange County failed to convert another kick, while Wolves put away all three from the spot to claim the final victory. L.A. Wolves will remain in sourthern California for the Third Round where they meet La Maquina at Westminster High School in Westminster, Calif., on June 1.
Orange County Blues (USL) at L.A. Wolves FC (Open Division)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. PT; Ventura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.
Orange County Blues Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Sixth appearance (2015: Fourth Round)
L.A. Wolves FC Previous Appearances (Best Finish): First appearance (2016: Second Round)
- Orange County Blues enter this year’s tournament hoping to erase the memory of last year’s 2-1 second round exit to PSA Elite.
- Eight matches into the USL season, the Blues hold a 3-3-2 record, good enough for seventh place in the league’s Western Conference.
- Despite originally losing 2-1 in the first round to the Ventura County Fusion, L.A. Wolves FC advanced to the second round after they protested the result due to their opponent’s use of an ineligible player.
- L.A. Wolves FC arrived in their first U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 victory against Del Rey City SC on October 24 and 2-1 win against Cal FC on November 22.