Do or Die: Riverside Coras vs FC Arizona

Date: Sunday June 10th 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: JW North High School

                   1550 3rd street, Riverside, CA, 92507

Riverside Coras                       FC Arizona

2-6-2 // GF:15 // GA:22              4-4-2 // GF:16 // GA:12

Everything is on the line: no losses, no draws, just wins. Riverside Coras welcome FC Arizona to J.W. North High School, where the atmosphere will be tense and the temperature will be hot. Playoff pressure does not solely fall on Riverside, FC Arizona are currently in fourth place and have this Coras team waiting for them to slip up. With two games left, it’s Do or Die for both teams. Last match, FC Arizona beat Riverside Coras 1-0 (goal by Cesar Mexia Casillas), expect the Coras to be ready to fire back with their new-found attacking partnership of Romi Lomeli and Kevin Huezo.

So many things have changed with the Coras since the last time they face FC Arizona. We’ve seen coaching changes, tactical changes and player changes. While Riverside has always liked to operate with speed through the wings, similar to the last matchup against FCAZ, it has been their ability to pass around the back and search for opportunities. The passing and vision of Eric Gonzalez has helped unlock the pace and physicality of the attacking Coras.

Arizona is coming off a huge 6-0 victory over Temecula FC and are looking to earn their playoff spot on the tenth. I anticipate goals from both teams, but discipline will be key to winning this match. In their last match against one another, a total of four cautions were issued. While Riverside has only had one player sent off the pitch, these are the matches that require the most self-control. If Riverside is to earn a favorable result they will need to be active for 90 minutes, commit to attacking in numbers and score tons of goals.

This is set up to be the most important match, in the Southwestern Conference, this season. The top three teams have separated themselves from the other competitors this season and the last playoff spot can be decided after this match. If Arizona lose, they have one more week to breath. If Riverside lose, playoffs will no longer be an option.

Here is no choice but either do or die.

-William Wallace

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