Orange County SC
|Full name||Orange County Soccer Club|
|Stadium||Championship Soccer Stadium|
|2018||1st, Western Conference|
Playoffs: Conference Finals
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.
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. 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.
- Titan Stadium; Fullerton, California (2011–2013)
- Anteater Stadium; Irvine, California (2014–2016)
- Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, California (2017–present)
Players and staff
- As of June 23, 2019
- Oliver Wyss – Executive vice president soccer operations and general manager
- Braeden Cloutier – Head coach
- Richard Chaplow – Assistant coach
- Didier Crettenand – Assistant coach
- Jerry Tamashiro – Assistant coach
- Victor Nogueira – Goalkeeping coach
- Claudio Trabattoni – Strength & conditioning coach
- Peter Nugent – Assistant GM & SVP of player recruitment & soccer operations
- Frans Hoek – Technical director & senior advisor
- Charlie Naimo (2011–2012)
- Jesus Rico-Sanz (2012–2013)
- Dariush Yazdani (2013–2014)
- Oliver Wyss (2014–2016)
- Barry Venison (2016)
- Logan Pause (2017)
- Braeden Cloutier (2018–present)
|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|
|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|
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