Orange County SC — the only professional soccer squad to represent the beautiful and historic Californian county — was officially founded in 2011 as one of 12 charter members of the new United Soccer League, now the second-highest soccer league in the United States. Originally known as the Los Angeles Blues, the club opened its inaugural season with a strong 8-9-7 record and a playoff berth under head coach Charlie Naimo. After changing its name to the Orange County Blues FC, the club won the 2015 conference title and qualified for the second round of the postseason tournament. In 2017, it dropped the Blues name and rebranded as today’s Orange County SC. The club achieved its best-ever season in 2018 with a second conference title and a berth in the conference final. Backed by its FanProtect guarantee, StubHub is the best source for Orange County SC tickets to all home and away games.
Who are some of the top players in Orange County SC history?
Since 2011, several players have distinguished themselves for their performances. Thomas Enevoldsen holds the club’s single-season scoring record with 20 goals in 2018. Michael Seaton scored 24 goals and 11 assists with Orange County between 2018 and 2019. Goalkeeper Patrick McLain played two seasons for Orange County SC. In 2019, he had 37 saves and a 1.25 goals-against average in 12 matches.
Who are some of the biggest rivals of the Orange County SC?
Orange County competes with three California teams in USL Championship: intra-city rival LA Galaxy II (a reserve team of the LA Galaxy from the MLS), Sacramento Republic FC and San Diego Loyal SC. Though Sacramento Republic departs for the MLS in 2022, San Diego Loyal is playing its inaugural season in 2020, which could spark an intense annual series between the southern California clubs.
How did Orange County SC finish last season?
After finishing the regular season with 54 points and a 15-10-9 record, No. 5 seed Orange County SC lost to eventual national champion Real Monarchs SLC in the first round of the playoffs 6-2. Real Monarchs went into halftime with a 2-1 lead thanks to goals by Maikel Chang and Douglas Martinez. However, four-straight goals in the second half foreclosed the possibility of a comeback.
What are some of the top upcoming games on the Orange County SC schedule?
Orange County SC begins the 2020 campaign for USL glory with a home game against El Paso Locomotive FC on March 6. Fans will be treated to a fireworks display during this match. The club then welcomes San Diego Loyal home for the first time with a beer fest on March 21. This is followed by a Rangers Night against RGV Toros on March 28 and a Kidzcon wellness campaign against Tacoma Defiance on April 4. Other critical home games include a fireworks display against Phoenix Rising on April 17, Earth Day against FC Tulsa on April 25, a Corporate Cup for charity on June 13 against Portland Timbers 2 and more fireworks against defending champion Real Monarchs on Aug. 7. Rivalry games include a beer fest against LA Galaxy II on July 25 and a car show against Sacramento Republic on Sept. 5. Orange County ventures outside of USL play with a second-round matchup in the US Open Cup against the California United Strikers on April 8. The winner then advances to the next round.
What is an Orange County SC home game like?
Orange County SC calls the 5,500-seat Championship Soccer Stadium home. Located in Irvine, Calif., the venue features concessions areas, an interactive Fan Zone and a club level party loft viewing deck. County Line Coalition is the officially recognized supporters' group of Orange County SC. Located in section nine, this diehard fan group wears team colors and fires up the crowd with chants, flag-waving, instruments and noise. They also organize community events both at home and on the road.Back to Top
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