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Joshua Bynoe Makes History with Orange County FC

Joshua Bynoe Makes History with Orange County FC

21st May 2019

Client Joshua Bynoe and his Orange County FC side have wrote themselves into the history books. They’ve become just the fifth National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) side to defeat a pro team in the US Open Cup.

The first ever Orange County derby will go down in history after the two sides produced the game of the round, in which the amateur side progressed through.

The NPSL side come from behind twice in the game. They also scored an equaliser in the 92nd-minute, through Rayan Holland, to take the USL Championship team to extra-time.

The two sides couldn’t be separated after extra-time, so the game headed to penalties. OCFC won the shoot-out 5-3 to progress through at the expense of their neighbours.

“What an amazing feeling,” Bynoe said. “To win any game on penalties is nerve-wrecking and exciting, but to beat our professional local rivals, and to reach the Third Round of this historic cup, was such a thrill.

“We didn’t need any extra motivation for this game. OCSC came out before the game very confident, bordering on arrogance. That just gave us that little bit more fight to put the game to them and give it our all to claim the Orange County bragging rights.”

Orange County FC triumph in US Open Cup

OCFC were unbeaten in their previous four games going into the game. They scored 12 goals in that time and had won three games-in-a-row.

In the First Round, Bynoe came on as a substitute as Orange County FC beat FC Golden State. They were rewarded with a lucrative tie against their neighbours in the Second Round.

The midfielder said the team were “confident” going into the game, despite their opponents being a professional side.

Bynoe added: “We were confident, as a team, that we could make a statement against a professional team. You have to be confident in these situations. You hear underdog success stories all the time and this was no different. The first step to winning is believing.

“Also, a few of our players knew a few of theirs and spoke to the rest of our team about how there was not much difference between the two teams. He said if we believed in ourselves, and work together as a team, we can put in a performance good enough to win the game. We did just that.”

Trip to Las Vegas to play the Lights for Bynoe and team

The reward for their heroics in the Second Round of the US Open Cup is a trip to Las Vegas. They will take on an in-form Las Vegas Lights team, who have won two of their last three matches.

Orange County FC are now just one win away from setting up a potential tie against an MLS side. This could be against the likes of champions Atlanta United or even LA Galaxy.

Bynoe said that it would be “incredible” to play in front of thousands of supporters and potentially line-up against some of the best players in world football.

“It’s going to be a pretty special night,” he said. “They’re a big team, with a big fan base, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere and it has the  potential to be a great game. I’m looking forward to it!

“It would mean everything (to win). I can’t imagine the feeling of walking out in front of thousands of fans, and potentially lining up against someone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It would be incredible, but first things first, we need to put in a big performance against a strong Las Vegas Lights team.”

Summer football is another opportunity to showcase talent

The opportunities that the United States offers are endless. Players, outside of being a student-athlete during semesters, will go and play in the summer leagues.

Bynoe has just completed a successful first year at Marymount California University. The team won the California Pacific Conference – for the fifth-straight time.

Throughout the summer, the midfielder will be with OCFC and furthering his experience playing in the USA. Bynoe said it has helped his development as a player.

He added: “My first year has been amazing. I have settled into life over here, on the west coast, very well. I achieved a 3.7 GPA for my first year of university, became conference tournament champions, and met some great people.

“I’m looking forward to starting second year, developing my football skills and having more success with the university and Orange County FC.”

He continued: “The best thing about playing over here is you get to train every day with the university, in a professional environment, with good facilities and coaches. I do miss the grass pitches, but I don’t miss the English weather.

“Being able to play for Orange County FC in my off season has helped me to improve my game a lot. Playing and training with good quality players, who have a lot of experience in the game, has been great for my development.”

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