A rivalry, the greatest event in sports. Most may argue cup finals, but let’s be real, there’s a reason they say “defense wins championships.” Finals are usually slow-paced battles of chess and that can be entertaining, but I’ve only seen ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ once. A rivalry is unpredictable; it doesn’t matter if it’s first place versus last, it’s going to be hard-fought, entertaining and exciting. This week in the NPSL Southwest conference, Riverside Coras FC travel to rival club Temecula FC, in the Riverside County Derby.
Riverside Coras FC are coming off a tough 4-3 road loss against Orange County FC, while Temecula FC picked up three points against Oxnard Guerrerros FC in a 4-0 beatdown. In the past years this derby has been heavily one-sided with Riverside holding a record of 8 wins and 1 draw.
No one is disputing the past. So why do you suck now? I think that is the question you should ask yourself!
— Temecula FC (@Temecula_FC) May 2, 2018
Riverside is currently in last place, five points behind Temecula FC.
The last time these two rivals met was in NPSL match day one, where Temecula FC came to Riverside Stadium and tied 1-1, scoring off a defensive giveaway from the Coras. Their first match was the definition of a great rivalry match: offense pressure forcing turnovers, players getting beat on the dribble, goalies making incredible saves and fans dueling with chants. For this rivalry match the stakes have been elevated. Riverside have yet to win and desperately need points if they are looking to back to that third spot, while the Quails will be looking for three points to help them fly above FC Arizona in the standings.
Fans have already started sparking up the conversation on twitter:
at least you guys will have Cinqo de Mayo to lift the mood as you go back up the 215!
— King Dirty Bird (@King_DirtyBird) May 2, 2018
For Riverside this match is much more than a rivalry. In an attempt to save the season, Riverside Coras FC have hired new coach and current LAFC academy scout, Robert Vidrio. Robert’s message to the players was simple: forget the past, work together as a family and he emphasized the importance of learning the game. Robert has been working with Riverside Coras FC for over a month now and has familiarity with the team.
Check out our article about his first hiring:
I spoke with Robert during practice and he understood the task at hand with seven games left. I asked him what his goal was and he was confident about getting back into that third place spot.
Will Temecula be able to keep up this run of form? Will Riverside’s new head coach be able to lead the Coras to their first Victory? There are many questions you could ask, but one thing we know for sure is that this game is going to be a fight.