Orange County SC
Orange County Soccer Club is an American soccer team based in the Orange County, California suburb of Irvine. Founded in 2010 as the Los Angeles Blues, the team currently plays in the second tier USL Championship.
|Full name||Orange County Soccer Club|
|Founded||December 7, 2010, as Los Angeles Blues|
|Stadium||Championship Soccer Stadium|
|2019||5th, Western Conference|
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
The then Los Angeles Blues were founded by Iranian-American businessman Ali Mansouri and announced as a USL Pro expansion franchise on December 7, 2010. The team was associated with the United Soccer Leagues W-League team LA Blues, and is part of the larger Orange County Blues organization, which has competed in Los Angeles-area amateur leagues since 1998. They introduced their first three players—goalkeeper Oscar Dautt and midfielders Cesar Rivera and Josh Tudela—at a formal launch event on December 14, 2010.
After an extensive pre-season, the Blues played their first games in the Caribbean over the weekend of April 15–17, 2011, a 3–0 victory over Sevilla Puerto Rico, and a 2–1 victory over Antigua Barracuda. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Cesar Rivera.
In January 2012, the Blues announced the hiring of Steve Donner (formerly CEO of Orlando City) as vice president of business operations to focus on improving marketing for the club and to bring professionalism to the front-office. The first game of the 2012 season reflected these efforts with a 2,432 attendance compared to 696 for the first home game in 2011 (the Blues averaged 382 during the 2011 season).
In 2016, the team became the USL affiliate of Los Angeles FC in a multi-year deal, which was ended after 2018. The team later changed its name to Orange County SC and was purchased by American businessman James Keston. The team won the Western Conference Regular Season Title in 2018 with 20 Wins, 8 losses and 6 ties. They defeated Saint Louis FC and Reno 1868 FC before losing 2–1 to Phoenix Rising FC in the Western Conference Final. Thomas Enevoldsen scored 20 goals and was named to the All-League First Team along with Aodhan Quinn.
Players and staffEdit
- As of February 25, 2020
Front office and technical staffEdit
- Oliver Wyss – General manager & Executive vice president
- Peter Nugent – Assistant general manager & Senior vice president of player recruitment & soccer operations
- Jeff Garner - President of Business Operations
- Frans Hoek – Technical director & senior advisor
- Braeden Cloutier – Head coach
- Richard Chaplow – Assistant coach
- Victor Nogueira – Goalkeeping coach
- Jerry Tamashiro – U23 head coach
- Didier Crettenand – U23 assistant coach
- Claudio Trabattoni – Strength & conditioning coach
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||US Open Cup||Avg. Attendance|
|Los Angeles Blues|
|2011||3||USL Pro||3rd, National||Divisional Semifinals||3rd Round||440|
|2012||3||USL Pro||8th||Did not qualify||2nd Round||687|
|2013||3||USL Pro||6th||Quarterfinals||3rd Round||718|
|Orange County Blues FC|
|2014||3||USL Pro||13th||Did not qualify||2nd Round||760|
|2015||3||USL||1st, Western||Conference Semifinals||4th Round||1,398|
|2016||3||USL||8th, Western||Conference Semifinals||2nd Round||1,010|
|Orange County SC|
|2017||2||USL||10th, Western||Did not qualify||4th Round||2,575|
|2018||2||USL||1st, Western||Conference Final||2nd Round||3,095|
|2019||2||USL Championship||5th, Western||Conference Quarterfinals||2nd Round||3,192|
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- "Orange County SC Aodhan Quinn and Thomas Enevoldsen Named to 2018 USL All-League First Team". Orange County SC Staff. OrangeCountySoccer.com. November 5, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
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