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Orange County SC

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Orange County Soccer Club is an American soccer team based in the Orange County, California suburb of Irvine, California, United States. Founded in 2010 as the Los Angeles Blues, the team plays in the second-tier United Soccer League and is the affiliate of Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC.

Orange County SC
Orange County SC logo.svg
Full name Orange County Soccer Club
Founded 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Stadium Championship Soccer Stadium
Irvine, California
Ground Capacity 5,000
Owner James Keston
Coach Braeden Cloutier
League United Soccer League
2017 10th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
Current season

The team plays its home games at Championship Soccer Stadium, located inside Great Park in Irvine, CA.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The then Los Angeles Blues were founded by Iranian-American businessman Ali Mansouri and announced as a USL Pro expansion franchise on November 7, 2010.[1][2][3][4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] The team later changed its name to Orange County SC and was purchased by American businessman James Keston.[2]

Colors and crestEdit

StadiumEdit

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of August 5, 2018[10]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Casey Beyers   United States
2 Defender Kevin Alston   United States
3 Defender Joe Amico   United States
4 Defender Alex Crognale (on loan from Columbus Crew SC)   United States
5 Defender Jos Hooiveld   Netherlands
6 Defender Noah Powder   Trinidad and Tobago
7 Forward Thomas Enevoldsen   Denmark
9 Forward Michael Seaton   Jamaica
10 Midfielder Richard Chaplow   England
11 Midfielder Zach Kobayashi   United States
12 Goalkeeper Andre Rawls (on loan from New York City FC)   United States
13 Forward Darwin Jones   United States
14 Midfielder Aodhan Quinn   United States
15 Midfielder Nicolás Czornomaz ([A])   Argentina
16 Midfielder Amirgy Pineda   United States
17 Midfielder Mark Segbers (on loan from New England Revolution)   United States
19 Forward Giovanni Ramos-Godoy   United States
20 Midfielder Christian Duke   United States
21 Defender Thomas Juel-Nielsen   Denmark
22 Midfielder Koji Hashimoto   Japan
23 Defender Owusu-Ansah Kontor   Ghana
24 Midfielder Mats Bjurman   United States
25 Goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes   United States
26 Defender Walker Hume   United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Los Angeles FC.

StaffEdit

  •   Oliver Wyss – Executive Vice President Soccer Operations and General Manager
  •   Braeden CloutierHead Coach
  •   Jerry Tamashiro – Assistant Coach
  •   Victor NogueiraGoalkeeping Coach
  •   Claudio Trabattoni – Strength & Conditioning Coach
  •   Peter Nugent – Assistant GM & SVP of Player Recruitment & Soccer Operations
  •   Frans HoekTechnical Director & Senior Advisor

Head coachesEdit

RecordEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup Attendance
Los Angeles Blues
2011 3 USL 3rd, National Divisional Semifinals 3rd Round
2012 3 USL 8th Did not qualify 2nd Round
2013 3 USL 6th Quarterfinals 3rd Round
Orange County Blues
2014 3 USL 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

HonorsEdit

United Soccer League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Irvine-based soccer team changes ownership". Orange County Register. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b Staff, USLSoccer.com (2016-09-08). "Blues Purchased by Southern California Businessman Keston". United Soccer League. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Mehrshad Momeni: Consumed by the Game". OurSports Central. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  4. ^ "OC Blues 2015 Player Postmortem: Mehrshad Momeni". Angels on Parade. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  5. ^ LA Blues Set to Play in USL PRO Archived December 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Los Angeles Blues Sign First Three Players
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Scott French (April 13, 2012). L.A. BLUES: Starting over, with a plan. ESPNLosAngeles.com.
  9. ^ Staff, USLSoccer.com (2016-12-07). "LAFC, Orange County Blues FC Announce Multi-Year Partnership". United Soccer League. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Orange County SC roster". OrangeCountySoccer.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 

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