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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 USL Championship.

Orange County SC
Orange County SC logo.svg
Full nameOrange County Soccer Club
Founded2010; 8 years ago (2010)
StadiumChampionship Soccer Stadium
Irvine, California
Capacity5,000
OwnerJames Keston
CoachBraeden Cloutier
LeagueUSL Championship
20181st, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Finals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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

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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, which was ended after 2018.[9][10] The team later changed its name to Orange County SC and was purchased by American businessman James Keston.[2] 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.[11] Thomas Enevoldsen scored 20 goals and was named to the All-League First Team along with Aodhan Quinn.[12]

Colors and crestEdit

StadiumEdit

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of November 4, 2018[13]
No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender Joe Amico   United States
9 Forward Michael Seaton   Jamaica
13 Forward Darwin Jones   United States
14 Midfielder Aodhan Quinn   United States
19 Forward Giovanni Ramos-Godoy   United States
20 Midfielder Christian Duke   United States
23 Defender Owusu-Ansah Kontor   Ghana
25 Goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes   United States
26 Defender Walker Hume   United States
Midfielder Sebastien Des Pres   United States

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 Avg. Attendance
Los Angeles Blues
2011 3 USL 3rd, National Divisional Semifinals 3rd Round 440
2012 3 USL 8th Did not qualify 2nd Round 687
2013 3 USL 6th Quarterfinals 3rd Round 718
Orange County Blues FC
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
2018 2 USL 1st, Western Conference Finals 2nd Round 3,095

HonorsEdit

USL Championship

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Irvine-based soccer team changes ownership". Orange County Register. September 8, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Staff, USLSoccer.com (September 8, 2016). "Blues Purchased by Southern California Businessman Keston". United Soccer League. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Mehrshad Momeni: Consumed by the Game". OurSports Central. August 10, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "OC Blues 2015 Player Postmortem: Mehrshad Momeni". Angels on Parade. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  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 (December 7, 2016). "LAFC, Orange County Blues FC Announce Multi-Year Partnership". United Soccer League. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Staff, MLSSoccer.com (December 14, 2018). "LAFC announce end of USL affiliation with Orange County SC". Alicia Rodriguez. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Merk, Carson (November 4, 2018). "Record Season for Orange County Ends. Phoenix Rises". OrangeCountySoccer.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Orange County SC roster". OrangeCountySoccer.com. Retrieved March 18, 2018.

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