Sacramento and Harrisburg Battle for USL PRO Championship on Saturday

Friday September 26, 2014

USL PRO Championship Match Set for Saturday

By Brian Huynh
@Huynhb587

Orange County, CA – As the USL PRO 2014 season prepares for a sellout match between the Sacramento Republic FC and Harrisburg City Islanders. We have compiled highlight videos of some of the memorable moments your OC Blues FC had this season against both clubs.

Sacramento will host the championship match at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT in Bonney Field. The game will also be available online via live-stream through the USL PRO YouTube Channel for those who won’t be able to make the drive.

“It would be great to see the Championship title stay in California with one of our season rivals, the Sacramento Republic FC, but the match will surely be one USL PRO fans will remember and we wish both teams the best of luck” said General Manager Jon Spencer.

Preparations for the 2015 season are already underway for the OC Blues FC even as anticipation builds for the final match. You can count that the Blues, fans and its supporters will be watching.

Make sure not to miss any of the upcoming 2015 season for the OC Blues FC and become a season ticket holder. There are only 4 days left to take advantage of our early bird season ticket deal then the price will increase from $100 to $150.

For more information contact our Fan Development Executives at (714) 738-8011.

Allan Russell Named to USL PRO All-League Second Team

Photo Credit: Michael Janosz

Photo Credit: Michael Janosz

Orange County Blues FC Captain Allan Russell was honored today by USL PRO, being named to the All-League Second Team. Russell led the Blues this season with eight goals and four assists. The full release from USL PRO is below.

Until September 30th, season tickets for the 2015 campaign are on sale at only $100. Normally $150, season tickets are already a great deal, as you’d pay a total of $225 if you bought all 15 games separately. Call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com to secure your seats for 2015!

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TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO honored the top performers from the 2014 regular season today, naming the All-League First and Second Teams as chosen through a vote of team management and selected media.

The Harrisburg City Islanders and Sacramento Republic FC, who will meet at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday night at Bonney Field in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game presented by Nike, are both represented on the All-League teams. Republic FC placed a pair of players on the First Team – midfielder Rodrigo Lopez and defender Nemanja Vukovic – while the City Islanders are represented on the Second Team by defender Matt Bahner.

The Richmond Kickers led all clubs with four players selected to the All-League teams, with Orlando City and the LA Galaxy II next in line with three selections each. Sacramento and the Rochester Rhinos each had two players honored, while Arizona, Charlotte, Charleston, Dayton, Harrisburg, OKC, Orange County and Wilmington had one each.

2014 USL PRO All-League First Team

GK – John McCarthy, Rochester Rhinos

D – Luke Boden, Orlando City SC

D – Ashani Fairclough, W. Hammerheads FC

D – Nemanja Vukovic, Sac. Republic FC

D – William Yomby, Richmond Kickers

MF – George Davis, Richmond Kickers

MF – Rodrigo Lopez, Sac. Republic FC

MF – Kevin Molino, Orlando City SC

F – Matthew Delicâte, Richmond Kickers

F – Chandler Hoffman, LA Galaxy II

F – Dane Kelly, Charleston Battery

2014 USL PRO All-League Second Team

GK – Joe Willis, Richmond Kickers

D – Matt Bahner, Harrisburg City Islanders

D – Gareth Evans, OKC Energy FC

D – Brad Rusin, Orlando City SC

D – Daniel Steres, LA Galaxy II

MF – Andre Auras, LA Galaxy II

MF – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles

MF – Allan Russell, Orange County Blues FC

F – J.C. Banks, Rochester Rhinos

F – Aaron Schoenfeld, Dayton Dutch Lions

F – Long Tan, Arizona United SC

The finalists for Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player will be announced on Wednesday, September 24, with the awards being presented at the USL PRO Championship news conference on Friday, September 26 in Sacramento.

The 2014 USL PRO Championship Game will see the No. 2 seed Sacramento host the No. 8 seed City Islanders after both took exciting 3-2 wins in the semifinals. The City Islanders scored their second consecutive road upset against the No. 4 Richmond Kickers, while Republic FC came back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to down the No. 3-seeded LA Galaxy II.

The 2014 USL PRO Championship Game can be watched live on the USL PRO YouTube channel, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO). For news, match previews and reports from throughout the league, follow USL PRO on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.

OC Blues FC Closes Out the 2014 Season, Losing 1-0 to OKC Energy FC

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IRVINE, CA (September 6th) – The Orange County Blues once again played a solid passing game, but finished the season just as they started it, with a loss to the Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Déjà vu continued as Kyle Greig once again scored the game winner with a stellar strike in the 62nd minute.

Both teams came out on fire as the Orange County Blues and the Oklahoma City Energy FC went for broke. End to end action saw Javier Castro rocket an effort off the crossbar in the 18th minute, while Christopher Santana weaved his way into the box, only to see his near-post strike deflected just wide minutes later.

Both sides created chances, but were unable to get their effort on frame.

Oklahoma City finally broke the deadlock just after the hour mark as Erlys Garcia poked the ball away from an Energy attacker. The bell fell kindly for Greig, who composed himself before curling the ball into the upper-left hand corner of Aaron Perez’s goal.

The Blues almost found the equalizer late on as Marco Franco lobbed an effort to the far post. Clark was caught off his line but the ball landed just over the crossbar and rolled off the back of the net.

Clark was under duress again as Seung-Ju Kim ploughed his way into the box. An Oklahoma City defender got a foot in but the ball bounced right towards the goal. Kim tried to get to it, but Peabo Doue and Cyprian Hedrick conspired to clear.

Orange County continued to push forward, but in truth, Oklahoma City possessed the ball well and other than a few nervous moments, were able to see out the game with minimum fuss.

The Blues fell to 9-18-1 while Oklahoma City improved 9-14-5 as both teams ended their seasons just as they started it on the campus of UC Irvine.

Orange County Blues FC would like to thank everyone for their support of the club all season long.

Orange County Closes Out the 2014 Season Against OKC Energy FC

Photo Credit: Michael Janosz

Photo Credit: Michael Janosz

IRVINE, CA (September 5th, 2014) – Orange County Blues FC is set to close out their 2014 season Saturday night, as they face Oklahoma City Energy FC at UC Irvine’s Anteater Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7PM.

The Blues are coming off their first draw of the season last week against the Richmond Kickers. Jason Yeisley took advantage of a poor clearance by the Blues and fired a shot into the back of the net to put Richmond up 1-0 in the 18th minute. However, Orange County responded five minutes later with a long offensive possession that saw a cross from Seung Ju Kim find a diving Andrew Hoxie, who headed in his second goal of the season. Although each team traded chances throughout the rest of the match, the Blues held Richmond to a 1-1 draw.

OKC comes to Irvine on the heels of a loss to Sacramento Republic FC on Thursday night, which eliminated them from USL PRO postseason contention.The only score came from former Blues standout Rodrigo Lopez, who finished a penalty kick given to Sacramento as a result of an Energy hand ball in the box. Republic FC held on for a 1-0 victory.

Orange County currently sits in 13th place in the USL PRO standings, with a 9-17-1 record, giving them 28 points. Allan Russell leads the Blues in the 2014 campaign with eight goals and seven assists. OKC sits just one place ahead of the Blues, in 12th place, with an 8-14-5 record and 29 points. Kyle Greig leads the Energy with eight goals and two assists.

The Energy has the lead in the head-to-head battle between the two clubs, taking a 2-0 victory on April 5th in Irvine, and a 1-0 victory in OKC on August 2nd. The Blues won in OKC on May 10th in dramatic fashion, scoring in the 90th minute to win 1-0.  

Saturday’s match is Fan Appreciation Night, and the club wants to thank all the fans for their support all season long with great contests, giveaways, and prizes. The first 500 fans will receive a commemorative match poster, presented by Tifo Apparel. The winner of a trip to Las Vegas, presented by LucyVegas.com, will be announced, and many more prizes and giveaways will happen throughout the night.

For the best pricing on tickets, call (714) 738-8011 or email seats@bluessoccerclub.com. If you can’t make it to UC Irvine, you can watch the Blues vs. the Energy live on YouTube, with Marc Serber on the call, at youtube.com/ocbluesfc