Less than a minute into Arizona United fourth-consecutive road match to start the season, Orange County Blues FC's Junior Burgos fired an opening salvo that portended the kind of offensive onslaught Arizona had survived at the beginning of matches this season.
This time Arizona United couldn't keep the floodgates from crashing open.
Orange County scored their first goal in the 33rd minute and added a second goal just five minutes later en route to a 3-0 win. Arizona United's USL winning streak, dating back to the end of last season, ends at seven matches and the team falls to 3-1-0.
It wasn't just Orange County's offense giving Arizona fits. Offensively, United struggled to maintain possession and string together enough passes to create any dangerous chances in or around the box. Even with the addition of the highly-anticipated midfielder, Jose "Chiva" Cuevas, Arizona failed to notch a single shot on goal in the first half. (Meanwhile Orange County had 13).
United came out of the half with slightly better touch and possession, but that little momentum was swiftly and decisively stopped in the 52nd minute when Orange County's Christopher Ramirez finished a long and winding run with a far-post drive into the lower-right corner of the net.
Despite the loss, Arizona still ends its four-match road trip with nine points, a respectable number to earn out of four road games. And the club finally gets to turn its attention toward its home opener on Saturday, April 25, when the club squares off against Portland Timbers FC 2.
Earlier in the week, the club announced it was expanding seating to accommodate ticket demand.
OC - Christofer Ramirez (assist: Didier Crettenand) - 32nd minute
OC - Luka Petricevic (assist: Didier Crettenand) - 38th minute
OC - Christofer Ramirez (assist: Romeo Filipovic) - 51st minute
OC - Luke Petricevic (caution) - 20th minute
AZ - Tyler Ruthven (caution) - 39th minute
AZ - Daniel Antúnez (caution) - 47th minute
AZ - Rob Valentino (caution) - 71st minute
AZ - Brock Granger (caution) - 75th minute
Shots: AZ (2) | OC (20)
Shots on goal: AZ (1) | OC (8)
Corner kicks: AZ (1) | OC (7)
Offsides: AZ (2) | OC (2)
Saves: AZ (5) | OC (1)
Arizona United SC: Carl Woszczynski, Brock Granger, Tyler Ruthven, Rob Valentino, Scott Morrison (Alex Shinsky 46′), Joey Dillon (George Malki 72′), Daniel Antúnez (Milton Blanco 58′), Jose "Chiva" Cuevas, Jonathan Top (Brad Stisser 58′), Long Tan, Dennis Chin
Substitutions not used: Jacole Turner, Damian Rosales, Robbie Derschang
Orange County Blues FC: Pepe Miranda, Josh Suggs, Romeo Filipovic, Brenton Griffiths, Jack McCracken (Jimmy Turner 78′), Didier Crettenand, Luka Petricevic (Jiovanni Santana 87′), Junior Burgos (Christopher Santana 66′), Denzel Slager, Christofer Ramirez, Chris Cortez (Nikola Ilich 33′)
Substitutions not used: Billy Thompson, Beto Navarro, Amani Walker