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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Blues to Face C.D. Atlético Marte in Big Offseason Test

Credit: Michael Janosz

Credit: Michael Janosz

IRVINE, CA (Nov. 15, 2014) – Orange County Blues FC will host an international friendly against a first division team from El Salvador, Club Deportivo Atlético Marte, this Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana, California.
C.D. Atlético Marte, also known as “Los Maricanos”, is a top team from El Salvador. “Los Maricanos” have won eight Primera Division titles as well as the 1991 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup.
Sharing their home stadium, Estadio Cuscatlan, with the national team from El Salvador, Atlético Marte will include four national team players in their 18-man roster for Sunday’s game. “La Selecta” players include defender Mario Martinez, defender Marcelo Tejeda, forward Danis Ramirez, and defender Francisco Garcia. 
The game will serve as great preparation for the Blues who expect to field a team which includes many returning players from the 2014 season, along with several potential new signees and trialist. Competing against a top level club from El Salvador will be a steep test for the Blues.
Orange County defender Josh Suggs is excited for the test he and his teammates face against an international foe: “We want to show [fans] that we can compete at the highest level. We also want to show how well we can do, and we hope that fans in attendance will come out to support us in our 2015 season.”
The international friendly is scheduled to kickoff at 4 P.M. P.T with gates opening at 2:30 P.M. Tickets for the match are available for $25 for general admission seating. VIP midfield seats are available for $30. Tickets can be bought day of game at Santa Ana Stadium.