Orange County Blues FC

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Orange County Blues FC
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Full name Orange County Blues Football Club
Nickname(s) OC Blues FC
Founded 2010
as Los Angeles Blues
Stadium Anteater Stadium
Irvine, California
Ground Capacity 2,500
Owners Ali Mansouri
Maryam Mansouri
General Manager Jon Spencer
Head Coach Dariush Yazdani
League USL Pro
2013 Regular Season: 6th
Playoffs: Quarterfinals
Website Club home page
Current season

Orange County Blues is an American soccer team based in the Los Angeles suburb of Irvine, California, United States. Founded in 2010, the team plays in the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at Anteater Stadium on the campus of University of California, Irvine. The team's head coach is Dariush Yazdani.

History[edit]

The then Los Angeles Blues was announced as a USL Pro expansion franchise on November 7, 2010[1] The team is 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.[2]

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.[3]

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 better marketing of the club and to bring professionalism to the front-office.[4] 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).

Colors and crest[edit]

The Blues play in a combination of sky blue, dark blue and white. The club's logo features the blue of the California sky and the dark azure of the Pacific as the main characteristics, paying homage to its home region. The club's inaugural logo itself was a derivation of its sister club's logo from the Pali Blues.[5]

Stadium[edit]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

as of May 31, 2014[6]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper McLain, PatrickPatrick McLain      United States
2 Midfielder Okai, StephenStephen Okai      Ghana
4 Defender Gautrat, FabriceFabrice Gautrat      United States
5 Forward Garner, EliEli Garner      United States
6 Defender Turner, JimmyJimmy Turner      United States
7 Forward Russell, AllanAllan Russell      Scotland
8 Midfielder Gonzalez, GabrielGabriel Gonzalez      Mexico
9 Forward Cortez, ChrisChris Cortez      United States
10 Midfielder Rivera, CesarCesar Rivera      United States
12 Forward Cardenas, EnriqueEnrique Cardenas      United States
13 Midfielder Momeni, MehrshadMehrshad Momeni      Iran
14 Midfielder Ju Kim, SeungSeung Ju Kim      South Korea
15 Defender Suggs, JoshJosh Suggs      United States
16 Midfielder Santana, JiovanniJiovanni Santana      United States
17 Defender Franco, MarcoMarco Franco (on loan from Chicago Fire)     United States
18 Midfielder Moses, SethSeth Moses      United States
19 Midfielder Martinez, AlexAlex Martinez      Uruguay
20 Midfielder Santana, ChristopherChristopher Santana      United States
21 Defender Peay, TaylorTaylor Peay (on loan from Portland Timbers)     United States
23 Forward Hoxie, AndrewAndrew Hoxie      United States
24 Goalkeeper Perez, AaronAaron Perez      United States
25 Defender Griffiths, BrentonBrenton Griffiths      Jamaica
26 Midfielder Barron, JacobJacob Barron      United States
27 Midfielder Roknipour, MohammadMohammad Roknipour      Iran
28 Midfielder Abolfathi, DersuDersu Abolfathi      United States
29 Defender Garcia, ErlysErlys Garcia      Cuba

Notable former players[edit]

Staff[edit]

  • United States Jon Spencer – General Manager
  • Iran Dariush YazdaniHead Coach
  • United States Steve Gonzalez – Goalkeeping Coach
  • United States Chris Phillips – Athletic Trainer
  • United States Robert Simmons – Athletic Trainer

Head coaches[edit]

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup Attendance
Los Angeles Blues
2011 3 USL PRO 3rd, National Divisional Semifinals 3rd Round 382
2012 3 USL PRO 8th Did not qualify 2nd Round 666
2013 3 USL PRO 6th Quarterfinals 3rd Round 542
Orange County Blues
2014 3 USL PRO

References[edit]

External links[edit]