Hoxie Finishes Comeback on the Road for Blues vs Arizona United

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By: Herceny Del Cid
@Herceny

IRVINE, CA (Saturday, June 28, 2014) –  The Orange County Blues head home with their greatest comeback this season. The Blues come home victorious after being down 2-0 against Arizona United SC and obtaining a 3-2 final score.

The Blues are now #5 in USL PRO Standings with a total of 24 points while Orlando City FC remain at the top with 42 points. Arizona United take the 13th spot with a total 13 points.

Three unanswered goals, including a stoppage time winner in the 94th minute from Orange County Blues FC propelled the visitors to a 3-2 victory over Arizona United SC on Saturday night at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Arizona United SC took a two goal advantage in the first half on goals from Jon Okafor in the 19th minute and Kadeem Dacres in the 36th minute, but as Arizona United SC pushed for a third goal before the halftime break Orange County Blues FC countered in the 41st minute and drew a penalty after goalkeeper Evan Newton clipped Enrique Cardenas. Allan Russell stepped up to take the penalty, and calmly cut the lead in half. Captain Russell is #5 in USL PRO Points Leader with a total of 16 points.

Orange County Blues FC equalized the match in the 66th minute on a James Turner long ball that sailed over the Arizona United SC backline to an unmarked Joshua Suggs, who chipped Newton inside the box.

Arizona United SC looked as if they took the lead back in the second minute of stoppage time on a Dacres header inside the box from Tyler Ruthven’s service, but Dacres was deemed offside.

Orange County Blues FC completed the comeback in the fourth minute of stoppage time when a lofted ball over the Arizona United SC backline found a streaking Andrew Hoxie, who dribbled into the box, cut a defender, and finished into the far post.

The loss was Arizona United SC’s eighth on the season, and snapped a two-match undefeated streak at home.

Jon Okafor’s goal was the first on the season for him, as Paolo DelPiccolo provided the assist on free kick from the left wing. Dacres’ goal was his second on the season, and was setup from a brilliant ball by London Woodberry, who split the Orange County Blues FC backline. Dacres dribbled into the box, and finished into the far post.

Orange County heads to Sacramento to face Sacramento Republic FC on July 4th at 7:30 pm PST at Bonney Field. Watch the game live on youtube at youtube/sacrepublicfc.

Be sure to join us on twitter at @ocbluesfc during the match and use #travelblue for your chance to travel with the Blues to the next away match against Arizona United SC on July 19.

Join and support the Blues by visiting www.ocbluesfc.com. For ticket information to join the Blues next home match July 12 against Arizona United SC contact  (714) 738-8011,  and/or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

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Orange County Heads to Peoria to face Arizona United

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IRVINE, CA (June 27, 2014)- Orange County Blues set off to Peoria Sports Complex to take on Arizona United SC this Saturday at 7 p.m. PST. The match will be streamed live on youtube.com/arizonaunitedsoccer.

Be sure to join us on twitter at @ocbluesfc during the match and use #travelblue for your chance to travel with the Blues to the next match against Arizona United SC on July 19.

The two have already met once this 2014 USL PRO season at Anteater Stadium where the Blues were victorious with a 2-0 win. The goals came from forward Mohammad Roknipour and Midfielder Allan Russell. The two west coast teams meet two more times this season. July 12th in Irvine and again at Peoria Sports Complex on July 19th.

Blues head into this match looking to extend their two-match undefeated streak, claiming victories against Charlotte Eagles and Chivas Reserves.

Forwards Jonathan Top and Brandon Swartzendruber lead Arizona United with two goals each. Forwards Bradlee Baladez and Kadeem Dacres are tied for second on the team in scoring with 3 points each (1 goal, 1 assist). Arizona United SC is tied for ninth in the USL PRO standings with a record of 4-7-3.

Orange County Blues FC is sixth in the standings with a 7-8-0 record. Forward Allan Russell leads the team with 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists), and Christopher Cortez is second with 10 points (5 goals).

Join and support the Blues by visiting www.ocbluesfc.com. For ticket information contact  (714) 738-8011,  and/or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

Cortez and Russell Lead Blues to Victory over Chivas USA Reserves

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IRVINE, CA (June 21, 2013)- The Orange County Blues withstood a second half onslaught to outlast the Chivas USA Reserves In front of 942 fans at Anteater Stadium.

On a very emotional night for retiring goalkeeper Mohammad Mohammadi, he watched from his goal-line as the Blues raced  out to a 1-0 lead after just five minutes. Jimmy Turner sent a long diagonal ball for Allan Russell. The Blues’ captain flicked the ball back across goal where Chris Cortez was on hand to stab it into an empty net.

Chivas USA looked for a response, but an inspired Mohammadi, playing his final 45 minutes of a 19-year-career made three sensational saves.

The former Iranian international’s stellar goalkeeping allowed the Blues to extend their lead in the 31st minute. Goats’ center-back Michael Nwiloh passed the ball back to his keeper, Tim Melia. Russell charged Melia down and blocked his clearance straight into the far post.

Mohammadi ended his career with a clean sheet as he departed at halftime where he was honored with a special ceremony.

Chivas USA pressed hard in the second half but Patrick McLain picked up where Mohammadi left off, with a flying save on a shot from distance and another solid save on a well taken free kick by Mauro Rosales.

Earlier, the Blues had escaped as Marco Delgado smashed one off the near post with McLain beaten.

The former Chivas USA goalkeeper could do nothing about Ryan Finley’s powerful curling effort from 22-yards out, however, as Chivas USA halved the deficit in the 68th minute.

The Goats pressed for the equalizer, but the Blues were able to see out the match, giving Mohammadi the perfect send off, while leapfrogging the Wilmington Hammerheads into 6th place in the process.

The Blues improved to 7-8 on the season and will look to get to .500 when they travel to Peoria to face Arizona United next Saturday.

You may watch the game against Arizona United SC YouTube channel (youtube.com/ArizonaUnitedSoccer).

Orange County’s next home match is July 12, once again against Arizona United SC. We will celebrate “Give Back Night”. If you know someone who has been involved in your community, you may nominate them by emailing their story to herceny@bluessoccerclub.com.

For the best ticket pricing from single tickets to group tickets call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

Blues Set to Battle Chivas USA Reserves

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IRVINE, CA (June 20, 2014)- Orange County Blues FC welcomes Chivas USA Reserves to Anteater Stadium on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PST.  

Chivas USA Reserves come to Orange County with a 1-3-1 record. The Goats come across the Orange Curtain, last defeating USL Pro’s Arizona United SC, 4-0, on May 24th.

Currently there are 8 Major League Soccer reserve teams; FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, and Colorado Rapids. Chivas USA Reserves hold 6th place in the MLS Reserves League.

Rumor has it Chivas USA Reserves is bringing their first team to Orange County. You could possibly see players like Carlos Bocanegra, Matthew Fondy, Dan Kennedy, and other Chivas USA first team players.

It will be a USL Pro team going against an MLS Team, in rival territory.

The Blues are back home after a 2 game road trip where they lost, 4-1, to Orlando City, and won 1-0 against Charlotte Eagles. With a record of 6-8-0, the OC Blues will make sure to obtain an extra three points in front of their home crowd.

Orange County has won their past two home games against Dayton Dutch Lions and Arizona United SC. During Saturday night’s game, you will be able to witness the retirement of Iranian National and Blues’ Goalkeeper Mohammad Mohammadi who played a total of 12 matches with the Blues and held an amazing 19-year career in the United States and Iran. Join the Blues on Saturday at Anteater Stadium as we celebrate his wonderful career.

If you are not able to make it to the game please join the Blues LIVE on youtube at youtube.com/ocbluesfc

For more information on being a part of this celebration call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

Mohammad Mohammadi Hangs Up The Gloves

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Irvine, CA (June 17, 2014)- Orange County Blues goalkeeper Mohammad Mohammadi has announced his retirement from professional football. The Blues invite you to celebrate his illustrious 19-year career in Iran and the United States this Saturday, June 21, at 7pm PST at Anteater Stadium at UC Irvine.

Mohammadi was born September 20, 1977 to parents Taymour and Fatmeh in Tehran, Iran.

He began to play football at the age of 13, and fell in love with the game immediately. Goalkeeper was the first and only position he has played ever since. Mohammadi played at Payameh Nour University until he graduated, and played his first professional match in 1996 for Sapia Football Club. Saipa F.C is located in Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran and is known for having one of the best youth training programs in Iranian football.

He went on to play for other Iranian clubs like Bargh Shiraz FC, Persepolis FC, Paykan FC, Esteghlal FC also known as “The Blues”, SC Damash Gilan, and Rah Ahan Sorinet FC.

Mohammadi also had the privilege to play for his national team, Iran. His first call up was against Denmark in 1999. He was a member of the team thatqualified for the 2006 World Cup.

In 2008, Mohammadi and his family moved to the United States, originally settling in New York. Mohammadi met Ali Mansouri, owner of the Los Angeles Blues in 2011 at a Blues – LA Galaxy game. Mansouri knew of his abilities and instantly wanted him on his team in Los Angeles.

“A true professional, he played some great games for the Blues in Iran and the Blues

here in Southern California, but he will most be missed for the standard he sets, what it means to be professional athlete ” he will be dearly missed on and off the field.” said Mansouri.

Mohammadi joined the Blues in May 2013. “It was fantastic. I always wanted to play in the USA”, said Mohammadi about his new opportunity. His first game was May 31, 2013 against the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium in New York. The goalkeeper played 90 minutes and assisted his new team to a 2-2 tie, wearing number 22.

One of his most memorable games with the Blues was on July 10, 2013 against Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex in Pennsylvania. The Blues won that match 4-2, behind six saves from Mohammadi, as well as two goals from Matt Fondy, who came on as a substitute in the second half.

Mohammadi has played alongside a few players since he joined the Blues in 2013, including team captain Allan Russell. “Mohammad Mohammadi. A true gentleman of the game. A quiet leader and truly admirable family man. His ability and talent as a goalkeeper is second to none and it has been an honor to be his teammate for the last 2 seasons.” said Russell.

Mohammadi played a total of 12 matches with the Blues. Join the Blues this Saturday June 21 at Anteater Stadium as we celebrate his wonderful career.

For more information on being a part of this celebration call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

Blues Head to Charlotte for the Second Leg of the East Coast Trip

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Irvine, CA (June 12, 2014)-  Orange County’s next stop on the east coast road-trip is North Carolina to face the Charlotte Eagles for the second time this season. The match kicks off at 5pm P.S.T. at Queens Sports Complex. You can watch the match live on yotube at youtube.com/charlotteeaglessc.

The last time the Blues faced the Eagles was on May 8th at Anteater Stadium in Irvine. The Eagles earned a 2-0 victory over the Blues behind goals from Drew Yates and Ben Newnam.

Charlotte’s most recent game saw them face the Oklahoma City Energy FC where the game ended in a 1-1 draw. This snapped the Eagles’ three-game losing streak. Charlotte’s equalizer came from Wells Thompson who received a through ball from Fred Sekyere and slotted it by OKC’s goalkeeper. Fresh in from Chicago, Alec Kann stood tall after the Eagles evened the score and helped the hosts to a well-earned point at home. Charlotte currently sports a 3-7-1 record, with 13 points on the season. Veteran Jorge Herrera leads the Eagles with four goals on the season.

Orange County arrives after a 4-1 loss to Orlando City SC in their first game in the East. The Blues’ only goal, and first goal of the match, was scored by Jiovanni Santana in the 37th minute, after capitalizing on a counter-attack. After a City corner kick, Goalkeeper Josh Ford did well to quickly throw the ball to Seattle Sounders Loanee, Sean Okoli.

With only two City players in the defensive third, the powerful striker ventured on a 40 yard run before rolling the ball into space for Midfielder Jiovanni Santana, who gave the Blues 1-0 lead. The goal marked Santana’s second goal of 2014 season. The Blues now have a record of 5-8-0 and in 7th place of USL Pro Standings.

The Blues head home to face Chivas USA Reserves Saturday, June 21 at 7pm P.S.T at Anteater Stadium located in the University of California Irvine. For great pricing call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com.

Blues Head to North Carolina After a 4-1 Loss to Orlando City SC

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Orlando City SC extended its USL PRO unbeaten streak to 14 matches at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over the Orange County Blues.

Orlando City and Orange County both had a slow start to the match in the first ten minutes, as the two sides attempted to adjust to the wet conditions, due to the torrential downpour that took place prior to kick-off.

In the 11th minute, Adama Mbengue nearly opened up the scoring with a low driven effort across the box that skipped just past the far-post. Just one minute later, Mbengue was once again involved when Kevin Molino connected with the Senegalese midfielder for a one-two inside the area, before blasting a powerful left-footed effort towards the near-post.

In the 25th minute, Molino created space for himself and blasted a powerful effort from the edge of the area, forcing Goalkeeper Josh Ford, Seattle Sounders Loanee, to make a nervous save.

The Orange County Blues provided the first goal of the match in the 37th minute, after capitalizing on the counter.  After a City corner kick, Ford did well to quickly throw the ball to Seattle Sounders Loanee, Sean Okoli.

With only two City players in the defensive third, the powerful striker ventured on a 40 yard run before rolling the ball into space for Midfielder Jiovanni Santana, who placed his final effort past Gallardo to give the California based side the 1-0 lead. The goal marked Santana’s second of his professional career.

Nevertheless, Orlando wouldn’t spend much time trailing as Striker Corey Hertzog leveled the score-line in stoppage time. Hertzog’s was able to force his way to the near post and get on the end of a driven cross from Ceren before re-directing it into the back of the net.

Adrian Heath’s half-time rally seemed to provide the spark needed for Lions, as Orlando scored within the first four minutes of the second half when Bryan Burke played a well-placed ball to da Luz, who was unmarked in the box. Da Luz’s header went directly between the goalkeeper’s legs, giving City a well-deserved 2-1 advantage.

In the 54th minute, da Luz was left unmarked once again but nodded his header wide of the target.

As the half progressed, City continued to put Ford under pressure and fire away at the Blues’ goal, resulting in two additional goals towards the end of the second 45. The two final goals of the match were provided by Brad Rusin, marking his first league goals in purple and white. In the 78th minute, Mbengue found Rusin on the back-post from a corner, and the imposing defender placed a comfortable header back across the goal.

Less than ten minutes later, Rusin’s found himself in a fortuitous position when Tyler Turner’s header from a corner found Rusin, who had an easy tap in from less than two yards away in the 87th minute.

City’s efficient attacking play slightly overshadowed the increased intensity on the defensive end, as Miguel Gallardo faced zero shots in the second half.

The 4-1 win moves Orlandos’ unbeaten streak to 14, tying the Club’s all-time record for consecutive matches without a loss. City’s next two matches will take place outside of league play.

Blues next match is in North Carolina versus the Charlotte Eagles. The last time the two met was in Irvine on May 8th, where the Eagles earned a 2-0 victory over the Blues with goals from Drew Yates and Ben Newnam. Charlotte currently sports a 3-7-1 record, with 13 points on the season. Veteran Jorge Herrera leads the Eagles with four goals on the season.

Watch Orange County versus Charlotte Eagles live on youtube at youtube.com/charlotteeaglessc.