Orange County SC
Full nameOrange County Soccer Club
Founded1998, as Los Angeles Blues
StadiumChampionship Soccer Stadium
Irvine, California
Capacity5,488
OwnerJames Keston
CoachBraeden Cloutier
LeagueUSL Championship
20195th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Orange County Soccer Club is an American soccer team based in the Orange County, California suburb of Irvine. Founded in 2010 as the Los Angeles Blues, the team currently plays in the second tier USL Championship.

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

History

The then Los Angeles Blues were founded by Iranian-American businessman Ali Mansouri in 1998 and announced as a USL Pro expansion franchise on December 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]

Stadium

Players and staff

Current roster

As of April 7, 2021[13]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Patrick Rakovsky  Germany
2 DF Kevin Alston  United States
3 DF Brent Richards  United States
4 DF Rob Kiernan  Republic of Ireland
6 DF Michael Orozco  United States
7 FW Thomas Enevoldsen  Denmark
8 MF Seth Casiple  United States
10 FW Adam Jahn (on loan from Atlanta United)  United States
11 FW Ronaldo Damus  Haiti
14 MF Mikko Kuningas  Finland
16 MF Tommy McCabe  United States
17 FW Darwin Jones  United States
19 MF Chris Wehan  United States
20 MF Brian Iloski  United States
21 MF Francis Jacobs  United States
22 DF Nathan Smith  United States
23 DF Kobi Henry  United States
26 MF Raymond Drai  United States
29 FW Eero Markkanen  Finland
34 GK Abraham Romero  Mexico
MF Jack Imperato  United States

Out on loan

No. Pos. Player Nation
5 DF Blake Malone (at Union Omaha)  United States

Front office and technical staff

Head coaches

Record

Year-by-year

Main article: List of Orange County SC seasons

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the club. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Orange County SC seasons.

Season League Position Playoffs USOC Continental / Other Average attendance Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts PPG Conf. Overall Name Goals
2016 3 USL 30 12 14 4 39 41 −2 40 1.33 8th 15th QF R2 DNQ 1,010 Trinidad and Tobago Trevin Caesar 10
2017 2 USL 32 11 11 10 43 47 –4 43 1.34 10th 18th DNQ R4 2,575 United States Irvin Parra 11
2018 USL 34 20 8 6 70 40 +30 66 1.94 1st 2nd SF R2 3,095 Denmark Thomas Enevoldsen 21
2019 USLC 34 15 10 9 54 43 +11 54 1.59 5th 12th R1 R2 3,192 Jamaica Michael Seaton
United States Darwin Jones
13
2020 USLC 16 7 6 3 18 18 0 24 1.50 9th 17th DNQ NH 3,188 United States Sean Okoli 7

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in league play, playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, and other competitive matches.

By Team (regular season)

*as of end of 2011-2020 season

Opponent W L D W%
Antigua Barracuda 7 4 1 58.33
Austin Aztex 1 1 50.00
Austin Bold FC 1 1 0.00
Charlotte Eagles 3 3 1 42.86
Charleston Battery 1 3 1 20.00
Chivas USA 1 100.00
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 6 4 1 54.55
Dayton Dutch Lions 5 1 3 55.56
El Paso Locomotive FC 1 2 33.33
FC Tulsa 4 5 1 40.00
Fresno FC 3 1 75.00
Harrisburg City Islanders 2 3 4 22.22
LA Galaxy II 8 12 6 30.77
Las Vegas Lights FC 5 1 1 71.43
New Mexico United 1 1 50.00
OKC Energy FC 4 8 2 28.57
Orlando City SC 3 1 0.00
Phoenix FC 1 100.00
Phoenix Rising FC 7 10 6 30.43
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4 1 1 66.67
Portland Timbers 2 6 2 2 60.00
Puerto Rico United 1 100.00
Real Monarchs 6 4 1 54.55
Reno 1868 FC 3 2 2 42.86
Richmond Kickers 1 2 4 14.29
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 3 4 1 37.50
River Plate Puerto Rico 1 0.00
Rochester Rhinos 2 3 1 33.33
Sacramento Republic FC 5 9 3 29.41
Saint Louis FC 2 3 0.00
San Antonio FC 3 3 2 37.5
San Diego Loyal 1 1 1 33.33
Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 1 100.00
Swope Park Rangers 3 1 1 60.00
Tacoma Defiance 6 3 2 54.55
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 7 1 1 77.78
VSI Tampa Bay 1 0.00
Wilmington Hammerheads 2 5 1 25.00
Total 100 91 55 40.65

Honors

USL Championship

References

  1. ^ "Irvine-based soccer team changes ownership". Orange County Register. September 8, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b USLSoccer.com Staff (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". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Scott French (April 13, 2012). L.A. BLUES: Starting over, with a plan. ESPNLosAngeles.com.
  9. ^ USLSoccer.com Staff (December 7, 2016). "LAFC, Orange County Blues FC Announce Multi-Year Partnership". United Soccer League. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  10. ^ MLSSoccer.com Staff (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. ^ "Roster". OrangeCountySoccer.com. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Communications, Orange County SC (June 12, 2019). "ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB NAMES JEFF GARNER TEAM PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS". Orange County Soccer Club. Retrieved February 24, 2020.