Orange County Blues FC Conclude Training Camp

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IRVINE, CA (January 16, 2015) – Orange County Blues FC concluded the Invitational Training Camp Friday, January 16 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

The camp included participants from Europe, South and Central America as well as many Blues’ players from the 2014 season hoping to play their way on to Coach Wyss’s 2015 squad.

Wyss and staff ran a vigorous camp, working to get players fit for the quickly approaching season. Training included strength and conditioning exercises, specific position drills, and 11v11 scrimmages.

Coach’s staff this week included many experienced trainers like former Liverpool and Newcastle defender Barry Venison, who came in to evaluate the level of play and provide a different set of eyes; bringing his vast experience from playing in England.

“The camp is a great start to the season and I am looking forward to it since we have learned a lot from the great staff.” commented Jiovanni Santana. “Coach ran the camp with a lot of discipline and leadership, which is needed to become a top club in the league.”

With the coming season, Wyss is working hard to put together a team that will demonstrate discipline and most importantly will win.

Negotiations for player signings have already begun, along with the return of several. 2014 Blues’ players also returning. The club will begin player announcements with the coming weeks.

An open combine will be held February 7th and 8th in an effort to help fill the remaining open spots. Registration is $150 and now open. With spots limited and filling quickly, email ocbluesfctryouts@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Season tickets for the 2015 OC Blues FC campaign in USL PRO are on sale now. Call (714) 738-8011 Ext. 204 or email blane@bluessoccerclub.com. For media inquiries, email luisa@bluessoccerclub.com or call (310) 995-5453.

OC Blues FC would like to thank our partner Kwik Goal.

Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information and to see the full product offering, please visit Kwikgoal.com. Kwik Goal is an Official Supplier to: U.S. Soccer, Canadian Soccer Association, and NSCAA.

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Orange County Blues FC Announce Open Combine Ahead of 2015 Season

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IRVINE, CA (January 15th, 2015) – Orange County Blues FC will hold an open combine on February 7- 8th, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. With the successful January trialist camp about to conclude, expectations are high for the Blues and Coach Oliver Wyss still has several spots available to fill. It is hoped this last tryout session will uncover players that the Blues can sign.

Several of the Blues players in 2014 who will now be entering their second season in 2015 were discovered in last year’s open tryout. This includes players such as Jiovanni and Christopher Santana, Seth Moses and Jacob Barron.

Registration for the combine is now open until January 30. With limited space available, players are advised to sign up early as registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Cost for the two day session is $150. Players interested in participating can register by emailing ocbluesfctryouts@gmail.com or visiting www.ocbluesfc.com.

Season tickets for the 2015 OC Blues FC campaign in USL PRO are on sale now. Call (714) 738-8011 Ext. 204 or email blane@bluessoccerclub.com. For media inquiries, email luisa@bluessoccerclub.com or call (310) 995-5453.

OC Blues FC would like to thank our partner Kwik Goal.

Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information and to see the full product offering, please visit Kwikgoal.com. Kwik Goal is an Official Supplier to: U.S. Soccer, Canadian Soccer Association, and NSCAA.

Orange County Blues FC Wrap Up First Day of Invitational Training Camp

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IRVINE, CA. (January 12, 2015) – Orange County Blues FC wrapped up day one of the week long invitational training camp, led by newly appointed head coach Oliver Wyss.

The camp opened up with high spirits and nerves. Players arrived bright and early.

Wyss kicked off training with an introductory speech: “Starting the camp in early January, I want to set the standard for what we are expecting.” Wyss mentioned hard work and skill level would be necessary as well; “discipline and commitment [to the Blues] needs to be high.”

Day one of the camp was challenging for a lot of the players. Coaches worked the participants hard and demanded much endurance, especially since many were coming from the offseason.

Returning OC players were not excused from working hard and had to display commitment and desire to be back on the pitch as a Blue.Today, for many, was the first chance to meet Wyss and were elated with the way he and the staff ran the training.

“I like him a lot, Oliver will be a great coach,” said Christopher Santana.

Camp ended early afternoon, with players given directives to recover and be ready for more intense sessions throughout the rest of the week.

Season tickets for the 2015 OC Blues FC campaign in USL PRO are on sale now. Call (714) 738-8011 Ext. 204 or email blane@bluessoccerclub.com. For media inquiries, email luisa@bluessoccerclub.com or call (310) 995-5453.

Blues to Hold Invitational Training Camp Ahead of 2015 Season

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IRVINE, CA (January 8, 2014) – Orange County Blues FC is hosting an invitational training camp next week, January 12-16, at Orange County Great Park, the Blues’ home training pitch. The camp will include both prospective players from around the globe and players from the 2014 Blues’ roster.

This is the first step that Head Coach Oliver Wyss is taking to build a team for the 2015 season after being hired on December 3rd. Some roster spots have already been filled with players’ 2nd year contract options being accepted. The club will announce those individuals at a later date.

Of the 40 players who will participate, several spent 2014 with Orange County Blues FC, including but not limited to Jimmy Turner, Aaron Perez, Jiovanni and Christopher Santana.

This invitational camp will also include international players from Europe, South and Central America.

The training camp is invitation only and closed to the public. Media interested in attending may email luisa@bluessoccerclub.com or call (310) 995-5453.

Season tickets for the 2015 OC Blues FC campaign in USL PRO are on sale now. Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

OC Blues FC Contributes to Share Our Selves

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IRVINE, CA. (December 19th, 2014) – In the spirit of the holiday season, Orange County Blues FC has adopted a family from Share Our Selves, a non-profit organization established to help the lower-income residents in Orange County.

The Blues have adopted a family of seven which includes five boys who are big sports fans, specifically of soccer and the OC Blues. As part of the program, the team will provide each family member essentials such as clothing, outdoor gear and sporting goods.

The parents continue to strive to meet the needs of their family despite the setbacks they have faced. Both work hard to provide the most they can for their family and their boys are good students with very bright futures.

The Blues organization hopes to make this year’s holiday season a memorable one for this family. To ensure that they also enjoy a pleasant holiday dinner; the Blues will provide a gift card to be used for food and other specific needs for the family.

Founded in 1970, Share Our Selves initially provided food, clothing and financial help for important needs such as housing, transportation and child support. The organization has expanded to include medical and dental care, as well as mental health and counseling support. SOS has opened a couple clinics like the El Sol Wellness Center in Santa Ana which provides to the student and families of El Sol Academy with social services, screening and urgent care.

Tis’ the season to give back. If you wish to contribute visit www.shareourselves.org for more information.

Season tickets for the 2015 OC Blues FC campaign in USL PRO are on sale now. Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com. For media inquiries, email luisa@bluessoccerclub.com.

Orange County Blues FC Welcomes Oliver Wyss as the Club’s New Head Coach

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IRVINE, CA – (December 3rd, 2014) – Orange County Blues FC has officially hired Oliver Wyss as the club’s head coach, effective immediately. Wyss replaces Daryuosh Yazdani, who will not return to the club in the 2015 season.

Wyss is the Director of the West Coast Futbol Club Boy’s Program, and is the head coach of boys’ soccer at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano.

“Oliver will work hard to create a new and improved team culture and structure, which will be a major part of our focus in 2015. The OC Blues FC organization wants to congratulate Oliver on his new position and welcome him to the Blues family. We look forward to working with him, and know this is the first step in helping lead the club to great success in the coming years, beginning with the 2015 season.” – General Manager Jon Spencer.

Wyss began his professional soccer career with First Division Swiss club F.C. Solothurn at the young age of 15. While in Switzerland, he was called up to the Swiss Youth National Team where he played over 20 international games. This included the European Cup Qualifiers and matches against International powerhouses England, Germany, Turkey, and France.

In 1994, Wyss moved to the United States to play professionally. He started playing for the L.A. Salsa in 1995 in the USISL (a predecessor of USL PRO), and also played for the Anaheim Splash in the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

Originally from Switzerland, Wyss graduated from the Business College of Switzerland with a diploma in Economics and Languages. His coaching career began in 1992 with the F.C. Solothurn Youth Program. After coming to the United States to play professionally, he also began his coaching career, and currently holds his USSF National A license.

West Coast FC was established in 1997 and Wyss has played an integral role in the club since its inception. The new Blues head man has helped West Coast FC become one of the top developmental programs in the nation. The club has won three US Youth Soccer National Championships, as well as various League Championships and League Cups during Wyss’ tenure. Among his many accomplishments, he received the 2010 Cal South Coach of the Year and US Youth Soccer Region 4 Competitive Coach of the Year.

Wyss was forced to retire as a professional soccer player in 1997 due to his diagnosis of a rare but severe blood disorder, Aplastic Anemia. After a successful bone marrow transplant, he fully recovered and went on to form Soccer For Hope, his successful non-profit organization, which is based in Orange County. Wyss and his wife were inspired by the children they met while he was in treatment, who were diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Soccer For Hope was created with the stated goal of aiding childhood cancer research, family support, and raising overall awareness.

The Soccer For Hope foundation has raised $2 million for hospitals and foundations nationwide, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital Orange County. The organization hosts events to raise funds and awareness for children with life threatening diseases through soccer camps, inspirational walks, gala dinners and more.

Wyss and his wife Jamie reside in Laguna Niguel.

Season tickets for the 2015 OC Blues FC campaign in USL PRO are on sale now. Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com. For media inquiries, email luisa@bluessoccerclub.com.

Blues Defeat Atletico Marte in International Friendly

SANTA ANA, CA (Nov. 16, 2014)- Orange County Blues FC defeated El Salvador Primera Division Club Deportivo Atletico Marte 4-2 in an international friendly match Sunday at Santa Ana Stadium.

The first half of the game was played back and forth, until a goal by Atletico Marte in the 22nd minute of play, scored by forward Cristofer Ramirez. Ramirez was able to put C.D. Marte ahead by receiving the ball into the back of the net by receiving the ball from a corner and shooting it right past the Blues’ keeper, Trey Mitchell.

The Blues turned on the pressure, not wavering from Marte’s lead. Orange County’s perseverance paid off as they knotted the score just before half time. Assisted by Jose Gomez, forward Mackenzie Pridham slotted the ball past Marte goalkeeper Javier Gomez.

Coming back from halftime both teams continued to press on, hoping to break the tie. Blues midfielder Christopher Santana had an early chance on goal. His low shot beat the goalkeeper, but it trickled just wide of the right post.

After the halftime break, the home team wasted little time in finding a go-ahead goal. Santana received a pass in the 52nd minute that allowed him to shoot into the bottom right corner to put the Blues ahead. Not ten minutes later, Brenton Griffiths headed in a corner to put Orange County up 3-1.

As the game continued, neither team was easing up. The Blues knocked in their fourth goal from a corner-kick. Marijan Jurac’s ball ended up in front of defender Jeffrey Payeras, who fired a shot from the left side past the diving goalkeeper.

Marte continued to fight on non-stop, and kept pushing for another goal. Manuel Otero headed in an impressive cross from Allam Fernandez to pull one back for the visitors from San Salvador, but it was not enough as the final whistle blew, with Orange County taking a 4-2 victory.

The international friendly drew 1,684 to Santa Ana Stadium in Downtown Santa Ana. This was the first offseason test for the Blues in their preparation for the 2015 season.

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