Orange County Blues FC (PDL)

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Orange County Blues FC
Full name Orange County Blues Football Club
Nickname(s) Blues
Founded 2011
Stadium Vanguard University Stadium
Costa Mesa, California
Ground Capacity 2,500
Owners United States Ali Mansouri
United States Maryam Mansouri
Head Coach United States Federico Bianchi
League USL Premier Development League
2013 6th, Southwest
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Orange County Blues FC is an American soccer team based in Costa Mesa, California, United States. Founded in 2011 as the Los Angeles Blues 23, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.

The team plays its home games at Vanguard University Stadium. The team's colors are sky blue, dark blue and white.

The club was known as Los Angeles Blues 23 in 2011, Pali Blues in 2012 and OC Blues Strikers FC in 2013.

History[edit]

Logo for the Pali Blues.

Los Angeles Blues 23 was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise on April 7, 2011[1] as a replacement for the Hollywood United Hitmen franchise, which left the PDL for the National Premier Soccer League just before the start of the 2011 PDL season. The team is part of the development program of the Los Angeles Blues USL Pro team, which joined in 2011, and its sister club is the Pali Blues of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, whose name it adopted as of 2012.

The team played its first competitive game on April 29, 2011, a 0-0 tie with Fresno Fuego,[2] and achieved its first victory on May 28, 2011, a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Misioneros, with both goals - the first in franchise history - being scored by Daniel Martinez.[3]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As at June 7, 2011[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 United States FW Dane Saintus (*)
20 United States MF Leon Abravanel (*)
23 United States DF Justin Valashinas (*)
27 United States GK Chris Lara
28 United States GK Laurent Grill
29 England MF Earl Alexander[5]
30 Mexico DF Daniel Martinez[6]
31 United States MF Carlos Aguilar
32 United States DF Hassan Minter[7]
33 Brazil MF Federico Cino (*)
34 United States DF Fernando De Alba[8]
35 United States MF Hector Macias
36 United States DF Oscar Castillo[9]
37 Mexico MF Ricardo Mendoza
No. Position Player
38 Mexico FW Ramon Ruiz
39 England MF Antonio Vernaschi[10]
40 United States MF Scott Moll
41 United States DF Sean Toth
42 United States FW Norberto Ochoa
43 United States MF Bryan Hernandez
44 United States FW Tony Sandoval
45 England DF Luke Chambers (*)
United States FW Vijay Dias
United States MF Gerardo Martinez
United States DF Mark Nelson[11]
Mexico MF Jesús Ochoa
United States DF Jessey Robles
Colombia MF Camilo Rojas[12]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2011 4 USL PDL 6th, Southwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 9th, Southwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 6th, Southwest Did not qualify Did not qualify

Head coaches[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2011: to be announced

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