All-USL PRO Forward Gibson Bardsley Signs with OC Blues FC

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IRVINE, Calif.- Orange County Blues Football Club has officially signed Gibson Bardsley, a forward previously with Dayton Dutch Lions. Bardsley played at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington before beginning a bright career in USL PRO. He turned professional in 2011 when he signed with Charlotte Eagles, and made his professional debut on April 29 in a game against Charleston Battery.

Gibson, 24, had a great season in 2013 with Dayton, leading the team in goals and assists. Bardsley tallied 25 points, 9 goals, and 7 assists in the 2013 season with the Lions, and was named to the All-USL PRO 2nd Team.

“I’m pretty stoked. I was originally born here in San Clemente, so it was an opportunity that arose, and I said, why not come back to where I was born and raised.” said Bardsley, about his recent signing with OC Blues FC. “From the get-go, the Blues talked about pushing for a championship, and getting into the playoffs. That is one of my goals as a player, and there’s no better way to do that than winning a championship, so I wanted to come to a team with a similar mentality.”

“When he was introduced to me, I sensed his motivation for success, and this is one of the great attributes that we expect all of our players to have for our upcoming season if we want to win the league,” said Head Coach Daryuosh Yazdani.  

OC Blues FC’s first home match at Anteater Stadium at UCI is set for Saturday, April 5th, as the Blues welcome expansion franchise OKC Energy FC. The Blues 2014 season begins on Saturday, March 22nd at StubHub Center in Carson, for a match against the newly formed LA Galaxy II.

2014 Season seats for OC Blues FC are on sale now. Join the family and be guaranteed to be a part of the inaugural season of professional soccer in Orange County. For more information on how to become a Season seat holder, call (714) 871-0484, email seats@bluessoccerclub.com, or visit www.ocbluesfc.com.

Mexican Midfielder Gabi Gonzalez re-signs with OC Blues FC

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IRVINE, Calif.- Orange County Blues Football Club is pleased to announce the re-signing of midfielder Gabriel “Gabi” Gonzalez. Gabi was born in Nayarit, Mexico and has lived in Oxnard since 1996. He attended Hueneme High School, where he is currently coaches. His college career took him to Oxnard College and Cal Baptist, where he earned MVP of The Golden State Athletic Conference in 2008.

Gabi, 26,  scored a total of six goals, four assist in 24 matches last season with LA Blues. “We have chemistry and great friendships. I believe we can win a lot of games this year,” said Gabi, who’s looking forward to the New Blues Era, the inaugural season with OC Blues FC, where he is glad to be reunited with many familiar faces from last season.

“Signing Gabi Gonzalez brings us another starter from our squad in 2013. He is an important piece to our midfield. His size and athleticism will be important to our squad. He was one of the players that showed a continual progression throughout the season and has full potential and ability to help us compete for a Championship.”  – General Manager Jon Spencer.

OC Blues FC’s first home match at Anteater Stadium at UCI is set for Saturday, April 5th, as the Blues welcome expansion franchise OKC Energy FC. The Blues 2014 season begins on Saturday, March 22nd at StubHub Center in Carson, for a match against the newly formed LA Galaxy II.

2014 Season seats for OC Blues FC are on sale now. Join the family and be guaranteed to be a part of the inaugural season of professional soccer in Orange County. For more information on how to become a Season seat holder, call (714) 871-0484, email seats@bluessoccerclub.com, or visit www.ocbluesfc.com.

Jimmy Turner Returns Home

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IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County Blues Football Club has re-signed James “Jimmy” Turner for his second season with the club. The Mission Viejo native is best known for his successful seasons with the Anteaters of University of California, Irvine before signing with LA Blues in 2013. At Anteater Stadium, Jimmy was part of the 2008 squad that made school history when the Anteaters won the Big West title for the first time and made it to the NCAA Tournament. His passion for soccer goes beyond playing, as he spends his free time coaching at his alma mater, Mission Viejo High School, and at Strikers FC.

“I’m really excited to return to Anteater Stadium and not have homework to do after games,” said Jimmy, who is one of few professional athletes who will play his home games at his college field.

Jimmy is looking forward to a positive season with the team and aims to go further into the playoffs this year, with the ultimate goal of winning the USL PRO Championship.

“Jimmy was fantastic in his rookie campaign in USL PRO. We are looking for him to continue his success on the field. He was a mainstay in the back line throughout all of 2013. We fully expect him to be one of the top defenders in the league.”  – Blues General Manager Jon Spencer.

To learn more about Jimmy, you can listen to him and Chris Cortez interview on Fox Sports AM570 “Raw”. [LINK]

OC Blues FC’s first home match at Anteater Stadium at UCI is set for Saturday, April 5th, as the Blues welcome expansion franchise OKC Energy FC. The Blues 2014 season begins on Saturday, March 22nd at StubHub Center in Carson, for a match against the newly formed LA Galaxy II.

2014 Season seats for OC Blues FC are on sale now. Join the family and be guaranteed to be a part of the inaugural season of professional soccer in Orange County. For more information on how to become a Season seat holder, call (714) 871-0484, email seats@bluessoccerclub.com, or visit www.ocbluesfc.com.

OC Blues FC Re-Signs Local Forward Chris Cortez

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IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County Blues Football Club has re-signed forward Chris Cortez. Cortez was one of the leading scorers for the Los Angeles Blues in 2013 and has returned in 2014 to the newly named OC Blues FC.

Cortez, 25, was a member of Chivas USA’s Youth Academy, and following his college career at the University of California Berkeley, he turned professional in 2011 with Chivas USA. After training with Chivas Guadalajara, he spent one season with Reynosa FC in Mexico in 2012 before he returned to the United States to join the Blues last year.

In his first season for the Blues, Cortez scored nine goals in 23 appearances and is looking to do even more damage in 2014. Cortez ended last season with 65 shots, placing him second in the league, and with 21 points, ranking him 12th in USL PRO. He was named USL PRO Player of the Week for the week of May 19-25, 2013 after he scored two goals and notched an assist in a 4-3 victory against the Charlotte Eagles.

Cortez is an Orange County native, having grown up in Mission Viejo, and is pleased to remain with the Blues for another season.

“I’m very excited, and can’t wait for the season to start, and play in Orange County, which I describe as heaven,” said Cortez about the team’s new identity. “I’m proud to be surrounded by an excellent coaching staff.”

Coach Daryuosh Yazdani is happy to welcome the forward back. “As a coach, I’m really happy to have him come back this season, and I expect him to believe in himself to be the best forward in the league.”

OC Blues FC’s first home match at Anteater Stadium at University of California Irvine is set for Saturday, April 5th, as the Blues welcome expansion franchise OKC Energy FC. The 2014 USL PRO season begins on Saturday, March 22nd at StubHub Center in Carson, for a match against the newly formed LA Galaxy II. For more information on OC Blues FC, please visit www.ocbluesfc.com.

2014 Season tickets for OC Blues FC are for sale. Become a member and have a chance to see every home game. For more information on how to become a Season Ticket member, call (714) 871-0484 or visitwww.ocbluesfc.com.

OC Blues FC Hosting 2 Events with The Spirit of Football, The World Cup’s Olympic Torch

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OC Blues FC, Corona del Mar High School (CDM) and Next Level Sports Complex  are thrilled to co-host an amazing celebration with the Spirit of Football (SOF).  Please join us to celebrate a once in a lifetime opportunity for first-hand personal involvement in the 2014 Brazil World Cup, in the signing of the ball. Together we will bring a little taste of the 2014 World Cup to Southern California.

 

SOF is a not–for–profit community interest company dedicated to promoting a very special ball as the “star of the beautiful game” in the run–up to each World Cup. They call it The Ball. The Ball is the equivalence of the Olympic Torch and is the most important element of their initiative that supports the activities that surround it. The 2014 journey began on January 9th, 2014 when “The Ball” started on its way from London to Brazil. After 7,000 miles, 17 school workshops, 14 visits to top European clubs, 1,250 signatures and 30 days on the road, soccer’s Olympic Torch has arrived in the United States en route to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 

Superstars of the world game, including players from Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund, Genoa CFC, and the FC Barcelona have all signed it. So too have homeless street soccer players and hundreds of socially disadvantaged school children across Europe. Now it is Orange County’s turn to touch and sign the ball before it travels to other cities in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and more nations further south.

The “One Ball, One World” mantra of SOF began during the 2010 World Cup South Africa. The slogan was developed by the Special Olympics Chapter in Nigeria, born out of the fact that this leather, round item can do so many things in our lives and in the community. “The Ball” visited schools where thousands of children kicked, headed and signed it, and learned about the Spirit of Football. In South Africa, they led workshops for children from 50 different schools across Sub–Saharan Africa. Their success, and the enthusiasm that welcomed “The Ball” all along each World Cup journey, developed an education program themed around the phrase “One Ball, One World.” They talk about unity, fair play, respect, and inclusion.

We will invite local communities and school districts, and several youth organizations. The event will consist of the “One Ball, One World” presentation, followed by fair play games that consist of playing soccer, juggling, dancing, face painting and more. The final presentation is the signing of “The Ball.” By the time it reaches Brazil, “The Ball” will have more than 11,000 signatures, and we want your signature on the ball.

We will have media present from around the region for coverage in English and Spanish. There will be many people involved, as the goal of “The Ball” is to bring everyone together as one. No matter where in the world, situation or profession, when you drop a football, everyone plays. Please invite your family, friends and everyone who loves soccer.
Next Level Sports Complex: February 28th 6:30PM-9:30PM
                        12821 Knott St., Garden Grove, CA, 92841

Corona Del Mar High School: March 1st, 9:00AM-12:00PM
                        2101 Eastbluff Dr., Newport Beach, CA, 92660

Here is a small clip for you to enjoy: News Coverage of “The Ball” in Detroit

For further information contact:
Office: (714) 738-8011 X209
herceny@bluessoccerclub.com

 

OC Blues FC Bringing a Taste of the World Cup to Orange County

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OC Blues FC is proud to be a part of an amazing celebration with the Spirit of Football.  Together we will bring a little taste of the 2014 Brazil World Cup to Southern California.
Spirit of Football CIC is a not–for–profit community interest company dedicated to promoting a very special ball as the “star of the beautiful game” in the run–up to each World Cup. They call it The Ball.

The Ball is the equivalence of the Olympic torch and is the most important element of the initiative and the narrative spine that supports the activities that surround it. The game began on January 9th, 2014 when The Ball started its journey from London to Brazil.

After 7,000 miles, 17 school workshops, 14 visits to top European soccer clubs, 1,250 signatures and 30 days on the road, soccer’s Olympic Torch has arrived in the United States en route to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 Superstars of the world game, like Lucas Leiva at Liverpool FC, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, Italian international Alberto Gilardino at Genoa CFC, and the FC Barcelona superstars have all signed it. So too have homeless street soccer players and hundreds of socially disadvantaged school children across Europe.

Now it is your turn to touch and sign the ball before it travels to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and to its final destination, Brazil.

Join  Orange County Blues Football Club on February 28th, 2014 to take part in this amazing event and the journey of The Ball to Brazil. More details on the event will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this recap of The Ball at Camp Nou  with FC Barcelona.

For more information on how to get involved, contact herceny@bluessoccerclub.com or janeen@bluessoccerclub.com.

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Orange County Blues Set For New Era

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – After weeks of build-up on social media, Owner Ali Mansouri today officially introduced the Orange County Blues Football Club in front of a packed room at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine. Formerly known as the Los Angeles Blues, the club will begin a new era in 2014 as it competes in USL PRO at its new home, Anteater Stadium, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

The OC Blues were pleased to welcome the club’s loyal fans, staff, sponsors and members of the team to join in the celebration of today’s important announcements. The re-launch event also included the debut of the Blues’ 2014 jerseys, which feature the primary sponsor Sports 1 Marketing and the back of jersey sponsor Destination Irvine, and the new club crest.

The new crest represents Orange County’s beautiful beaches, glorious sunshine, and the passion for soccer that exists throughout the county. The Blues also unveiled their new home, away and alternate kits. The home jersey is royal blue with white accents, the away kit is white with blue accents, and the alternate kit is orange with white accents, paying homage to their new home in Orange County.

The OC Blues FC joined USL PRO as an expansion team in 2010, debuting in the 2011 season. The strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on and off the field, USL PRO is entering the second season of its partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO now features 14 teams, including new rivals for the Blues this season in the LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic FC.

Orange County is now a part of the other beautiful cities and regions represented in USL PRO, leading to the Blues’ new slogan as “Orange County’s Very Own”. The OC Blues FC will represent every culture, and every language in the beautiful and diverse Orange County area. The love for soccer exists throughout Orange County, and now every resident can unite as one to show their support for the area’s new soccer team as it brings the beautiful game to the world.

“Our relocation and name change reflect a deeper transition within the team organization to a new level of seriousness about the future of the club,” said General Manager Jon Spencer. “We are arriving in Orange County as a result of a movement built on desire and commitment toward a future for the Blues that envisions a new level of overall passion for the game. We are the driving for our community to be our long-standing supporters moving forward. We want this team to represent all of the greatness that is Orange County.”

The OC Blues FC will play their first home game on April 5th against the Oklahoma City Energy FC. Join the team in its quest to win its first USL PRO Championship. Be present, loud, and proud and enjoy Orange County’s one and only professional soccer team. It’s time to show that Orange County is a soccer county. Visit The Blues new website www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on tickets, players and upcoming events.