Orange County Gets Back on Track with 2-0 Victory over Arizona United

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IRVINE, CA (May 31, 2014)-  The Orange County Blues showed their true colors tonight with a crucial 2-0 win against Arizona United Soccer Club.

General manager Jon Spencer preached to his squad the importance of full commitment in every part of the pitch.

The Blues players responded in grand fashion pressing high from the first whistle. It took just 15 minutes for the Blues to take the lead.

Center back Kwame Watson-Siriboe played a long diagonal ball into the space for Mehrshad Momeni. The Iranian had acres of space down the right-hand side to set himself up and sent in a pinpoint cross that was emphatically headed home by Allan Russell.

Center defenders Joe Sofia and Watson-Siriboe eventually got on the same page and kept United from getting behind the back-line.

Both teams created chances in the second half as the game began to open up. Both McLain and Arizona shot stopper Evan Newton made some spectacular saves to keep the score at 1-0.

An intriguing match became even more entertaining as the clock struck 90 minutes. Five minutes of added time led to two red cards for Arizona United’s Joseph Toby and Matt Kassel.

Orange County took full advantage as Mohammed Roknipour dispossessed Newton and slid the ball into an empty net for his first goal of the season, while securing all three points in the process.

The Blues improve to 4-7-0 and now turn their attention next Saturday’s encounter with Dayton as they continue their quest to climb up the USL PRO table. Arizona now heads up north to play Sacramento Republic FC with a 3-5-1 record.

Join the Blues on Saturday, June 7th at 7pm PST as they face Dayton Dutch Lions and celebrate the Brazil World Cup during our very own World Soccer Celebration.  Wear your national team jersey and get $10 admission. Celebrate with the Blues just five days before kick-off of the world cup.

For best pricing on seat packages, call (714) 738-8011, email seats@bluessoccerclub.com, visit www.ocbluesfc.com, or hashtag #myocblues for more information.

If you can’t make it to the match, you can watch the live stream online, thanks to a new partnership between USL PRO and YouTube. OC Blues FC v Dayton Dutch Lions will be streamed live, for free, via the Sacramento Republic FC YouTube channel (youtube.com/ocbluesfc)

Blues Return Home to face Arizona United on Saturday

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By Holly Gamester

IRVINE, CA ( May 29, 2014)- The OC Blues will host Arizona United SC on Saturday,  May 31 at 7 p.m. PT in what will be their first of two consecutive home games at Anteater Stadium.

Arizona United SC comes to Irvine after an 0-4 loss at their home field to Chivas Reserves on May 24. This match comes as the second loss in a row for Arizona United totalling their overall record to 3-4-1. United outlasted OKC Energy FC on Wednesday night in overtime to advance to the 4th round of the US Open Cup, winning 2-1. Formerly the Phoenix FC Wolves, Arizona United is a newly rebranded team. The name and crest change came when ownership of the club changed hands to Kyle Eng in March of 2014.   

The Blues enter the game with an overall record of 3-7-0. Although The Blues battled hard in their last game against Sounders Reserves, the only goal was placed in the back of the net in the 73rd minute by Seattle forward Cam Weaver. The Blues are preparing to bounce back from their last defeat and reign in a win in front of their home fans.

This is the first encounter for The Blues and Arizona United. Both teams will be battling hard on Saturday to improve their record and will be seeing each other again three more times in regular season play. Next week, the Blues will be home again for a game against the Dayton Dutch Lions, and want to welcome and encourage all to come out to their “World Soccer Celebration” on June 7 at 7 p.m. PT.

Ticket prices for the match against Arizona United SC are $15 at the gate. For best pricing on seat packages, call 714-738-8011, email seats@bluessoccerclub.com, visit www.ocbluesfc.com, or hashtag #myocblues for more information.

If you can’t make it to the match, you can catch the live stream online, thanks to the new partnership between USL PRO and Youtube. OC Blues FC v Arizona United SC will be streamed live, for free, via the OC Blues FC official Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/OCBluesFC).

Blues Partner with Anaheim Family YMCA and Anaheim Achieves for All-Star Soccer Game

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IRVINE, CA (May 20, 2014)- The Orange County Blues are excited to announce their YMCA All-Star Game with the Anaheim Family YMCA. The event will take place Thursday, May 22nd from  2:00PM – 5:00PM at Salk Elementary School, 1411 Gilbert St., Anaheim, California.

Soccer is a beautiful game that brings people together from different backgrounds, cultures and languages. This event is a great opportunity for the youth to understand their importance in the world through football and the great programs provided to them.

The Anaheim Family YMCA impacts more than 15,000 youth, teens and adults annually across the
greater Anaheim area (Anaheim, Stanton, La Palma, Cypress, and Buena Park). From infants taking their first step–to teens stepping into adulthood—the Y is a place for people of all ages to grow strong in spirit, mind and body. The Anaheim YMCA have youth programs for development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Blues are the only professional mens soccer team in Orange County and look forward to inspire the children in the Anaheim Family YMCA as they learn about opportunities available to them in the OC.  The players on the team are excited to give back to the community and bring everyone together through a good game of football.

The following players will participate: Andrew Hoxie, Christopher “Chino” Santana, Enrique Cardenas, Fabrice Gautrat, Gibson Bardsley, Jimmy Turner, Edgar “Jio” Santana, Seth Moses, Stephan Okai, and William “Paco” Prado.

Be sure to attend and support a great cause on Thursday the 22nd from  2:00PM – 5:00PM at Salk Elementary School, 1411 Gilbert St., Anaheim, California.

For more information contact John Guastaferro at john@anaheimymca.com and/or Janeen Sousa at Janeen@bluessoccerclub.com.

Join the Blues at the next home game on May 31st against Arizona United SC, kicking off at 7:00 P.M. P.T. at UC Irvine’s Anteater Stadium. Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com to obtain tickets for you and your family. Visit www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on the OC Blues or hashtag #myocblues on social media.

OC Blues FC Faces Challenge Against Sounders Reserves

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Irvine, CA(May 17, 2014)The Orange County Blues head to the North West to face Seattle Sounders Reserves, tomorrow, May 17. The match begins at 1:00 P.M. PST at Starfire Sports Stadium and will be streamed live on Seattle Sounders Youtube Channel.

Thanks to a collective performance the OC Blues earn three points moving them up to a total of nine points in USL PRO standings after a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma City Energy FC on May 10. Their triumphant win from a 90th minute goal from Gibson Bardsley, led to the current USL PRO record of 3-6-0.

The Blues went on to face Fresno Fuego of the Premier Development League on May 14 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and suffered a 2-0 defeat at Chukchansi Park.

A win will do the Blues good after a quiet bus ride from Fresno to Orange County. Support your Blues through social media and watch the live stream on Seattle Sounders Youtube Channel.

Join the rest of Orange County at the Blues next home game on May 31st against Arizona SC, 7:00 P.M. P.T. at UC Irvine’s Anteater Stadium. Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com to obtain your very own tickets for you and your family. Visit www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on the OC Blues or hashtag #myocblues on social media.

Blues Head North to Face Fresno Fuego in 2nd Round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

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By: Herceny Del Cid
@herceny

IRVINE, CA- The Orange County Blues will participate in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 2014. The Blues will play their first knockout game against Fresno Fuego from Premier Development League (PDL), at Chukchansi Park on May 14, at 6 P.M. P.T. in Fresno California.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is a national tournament open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams, from amateur adult club to Major League Soccer (MLS) teams.

The Open Cup was first held in 1913 when it was called the National Challenge Cup. The name was changed in honor of Lamar Hunt in 1999. Lamar Hunt is one of American Soccer’s most important patrons. The US Hall Of Fame members love for soccer bloomed after visiting Dublin, Ireland and then assisting the 1966 England World Cup. Hunt became one of the original funding investors in MLS.

The cup awarded to each winner was called the Dewar Cup, donated by Scotland’s Sir Thomas Dewar in 1912. The trophy was retired do to poor condition and is on display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in New York. From then on, each team has been awarded a new trophy, but the team name is added at the base of the original Dewar Cup.

The overall champion of the Open Cup will earn a total of $250,00 in prize money. The tournament runner-up will receive $60,000 and the team that advances furthest from each lower division will win $15,000.

The 2013 defending champions are DC United of Major League Soccer. The then Los Angeles Blues lost in third round to Chivas USA of MLS.

The newly rebranded Blues look forward to represent Orange County in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and have OC Blues FC added at the base of the Dewar Cup.

Follow the Blues versus Fuego on twitter @ocblesfc and @fresnofuego on May 14th for live updates. Use hashtag #myocblues for comments and questions regarding the Blues.

Join the rest of Orange County at the Blues next home game on May 31st against Arizona SC, 7:00 P.M. P.T. at UC Irvine’s Anteater Stadium.

Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com to obtain your very own tickets for you and your family. Visit www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on the OC Blues or hashtag #myocblues on social media.

Bardsley Scores In 90th Minute As Orange County Earns 1-0 Win In Oklahoma

 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gibson Bardsley scored the match’s only goal in the 90th minute to lift Orange County Blues FC past OKC Energy FC 1-0 on Saturday night in front of another sold out crowd at Pribil Stadium. Bardsley’s goal was his first of the season, and handed OKC its second loss on home turf this season.

Energy FC had a chance early to take the lead when Kyle Greig headed just over the crossbar in the eighth minute, but the Blues also had opportunities as OKC defender Mark Howard blocked a pair of shots, including one by Bardsley, two minutes apart midway through the half. Howard made another timely intervention just before halftime as his challenge denied Bardsley a scoring chance.

OKC’s Adda Djeziri had a pair of opportunities in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but wasn’t able to find his range as he missed the target on both. Bardsley continued to threaten for the Blues as he forced Energy FC goalkeeper Jon Kempin into a save in the 68th minute, and two minutes later Kempin had to be sharp again as Stephen Okai put a good free kick on goal, only for the Sporting Kansas City loanee to save.

Energy FC pushed forward positively in the final 10 minutes, and David Leighty had a good effort saved by Blues goalkeeper Josh Ford in the 81st minute. Adnan Gabeljic also went close with three minutes to go as his header was saved, but Orange County struck in the final minute as a long ball downfield by Ford found Bardsley, who chased down the long ball and lifted his finish past Kempin for the winning goal.

Thanks to a collective performance the OC Blues earn three points moving them up to a total of nine points in USL PRO standings. The Blues hold a record of 3-6-0.

The Blues return home to California to face the Fresno Fuego of the PDL on May 14 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. After that, it’s back to USL PRO play as the Blues head to the Pacific Northwest to face off  against the Seattle Sounders Reserves on May 18 as part of the Major League Soccer-USL PRO partnership.

Join the Blues at their next home match on Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. PST against Arizona United SC at Anteater Stadium. Join the rest of Orange County at the game by calling (714) 738-8011 or sending an email to seats@bluessoccerclub.com. Visit www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on the OC Blues or hashtag #myocblues on social media.

 

 

THE BLUES WELCOME ABOLFATHI, FORD AND WATSON-SIRIBOE TO ORANGE COUNTY

Photo Credit: Energy FC/Steven Christy

Photo Credit: Energy FC/Steven Christy

By: Herceny Del Cid
@herceny

IRVINE, Ca (May 10, 2014)- The Blues are excited to announce the addition of Dersu Abolfathi, Josh Ford, and Kwame Watson-Siriboe to the Orange County roster.

Midfielder Dersu Abolfathi joins the Blues after playing with the Orange County Blue Star of the USL PDL. Abolfathi played four years at Stanford University, where he was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team and earned an Honorable Mention on the 2012 All-Pac 12 Team. The Irvine native played on US Men U-14 and U-18 National Teams.

Goalkeeper Josh Ford joins the Blues on loan from the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). The New York native holds a University of Connecticut (2006-2010) career record in shutouts. Ford started in MLS reserves in 2011 and since then has suffered two major injuries. Ford is looking forward to advancing his career along with the rest of the Blues.

The Blues also acquired Kwame Watson-Siriboe on loan from Real Salt Lake of MLS. The California native joined MLS in 2010 with the Chicago Fire. Watson is not new to USL PRO as he was on loan during the 2013 season with Phoenix FC, now the Arizona United SC, where he suffered a torn ACL. Watson-Siriboe hopes to return to full fitness and gain opportunities to showcase his defensive prowess in 2014.

Watch Abolfathi, Ford, and Watson-Siriboe when the Blues return home to California to face the Fresno Fuego of the PDL on May 14 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. After that, it’s back to USL PRO play as the Blues head to the Pacific Northwest to face off  against the Seattle Sounders Reserves on May 18 as part of the Major League Soccer-USL PRO partnership.

The Blues’ next home match will be Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. PST against Arizona United SC at Anteater Stadium. Join the rest of Orange County at the game by calling (714) 738-8011 or sending an email to seats@bluessoccerclub.com. Visit www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on the OC Blues or hashtag #myocblues on social media.