Logan Pause, who served as head coach of the Chicago Fire’s PDL affiliate, while also an assistant coach with the senior squad after a 12-year MLS playing career, has joined the OC Blues team, as head coach, the USL club announced today.
“We went through an exhaustive search over the last couple of months to identify a head coach who not only could succeed in the USL, but also understands the importance of developing talented professional soccer players within Orange County and for our partner club LAFC,” GM Oliver Wyss said. “We feel that Logan is the prototype of what we were looking for based on his experience, passion, work ethic and commitment to the community.”
The Blues have struggled for market visibility since the club began playing in 2011, are now under new ownership and are affiliated with MLS expansion club LAFC.
The Blues attracted just over 1,000 fans a game last season in Irvine, one of the lowest home averages in the USL.
A rebranding is under way.
Imagine: How the Chargers’ fightforla website imagines an NFL game would look like at StubHub Center in Carson.
Galaxy fans are not reacting well to the news that lumbering pointy-ball players will rip up their pristine soccer field that will now be marred by ten yard lines all over the place:
Here are the dates the Chargers WON’T be playing in Carson:
(Photo courtesy StubHub Center).
Galaxy fans can watch the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal against the Colorado Rapids that kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday on the largest video screen in MLS from the newly-renovated Stadium Club at StubHub Center.
From the Galaxy press release:
Doors for the watch party will open at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. kickoff, with free parking available for all guests in attendance.
There will be various food options featured, with drink specials available for guests, including $2 beers, $5 Bloody Marys, $5 mimosas, coffee and soft drinks. The watch party will feature various prizes and giveaways for fans, with Cozmo and the LA Galaxy Star Squad set to be in attendance. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photographs with all five of the LA Galaxy’s MLS Cup trophies, which will be inside the Stadium Club. In addition to the LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids match on GalaxyTV, there will also be NFL games shown on televisions inside the Stadium Club.
The Galaxy lead the two-game, aggregate score series 1-0.
L.A. Galaxys Emmanuel Boateng(24) gets the ball past Real Salt Lakes Nick Rimando,(18) for the goal in the Western Conference, host sixth-seeded Real Salt Lake in an MLS Knockout Round showdown in Carson CA. Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)
It was good to see the Galaxy rouse themselves from their wretched form of late led by an inspirational performance by live wire Emmanuel Boateng, who scored two impressive goals in the playoff knockout game Wednesday at Stubhub Center against Real Salt Lake.
But the Galaxy were done no favors by the timing of the game.
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Crunch time: The Galaxy are missing the vital contributions of the departed Nigel De Jong in the closing weeks of the MLS season as the playoffs loom (Associated Press Photo).
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