Orange County Soccer Club gets off on right foot at home

The Orange County Soccer Club played their first game at home this season and had a smashing debut, trouncing LA Galaxy II, 4-0 at the Orange County Great Park of Irvine in the second I-405 Derby.

OCSC (3-1-1, 10 points) will play their home games at the Great Park and will eventually move into a permanent stadium at the same location once it is completed.

Jerry van Ewjik scored a pair of goals and Wulito Fernandes added another for OCSC.

LA Galaxy II (1-4-1, six points) will return to the field Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Real Monarchs SLC and then travel to New York to face Red Bulls II, Sunday at 6 p.m.

Orange County SC will be on the road next Saturday at Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

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USL: Galaxy and Orange County SC play to 1-1 draw

In what is being billed as the I-405 Derby, Galaxy II and Orange County SC settled for a 1-1 draw in their first meeting of 2017 in front of a crowd of 2,225, Saturday.

OCSC opened the scoring thanks to an own goal in the 50th minute. In the 66th minuted, Adrian Vera knocked home a rebound after a free kick from Ari Lassiter hit the crossbar to even the score at 1-1.

The teams will face off again May 6 in Irvine.

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USL: Chelsea legend Didier Drogba joins Phoenix Rising FC

Didier Drogba, who last played with the Montreal Impact, has resurfaced with Phoenix Rising FC in the USL as player-owner.

Drogba, 39, will play with the club and then transition into an executive role with the MLS expansion franchise ownership group.

Phoenix Rising FC has a star-studded roster. Along with Drogba, the likes of former England national team and Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mexican national team veteran Omar Bravo are also on the roster. Former Galaxy coach Frank Yallop is the coach.

Phoenix Rising FC is one of 12 groups bidding to win an MLS expansion berth.

If you’re interested, Phoenix Rising FC comes to StubHub Center May 27 and Aug. 5 to face Galaxy II and July 8 and Aug. 18 they will face Orange County Soccer club at Great Park in Irvine.

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Markhus Lacroix scores a pair to lead Orange County SC to victory

Newly-branded Orange County Soccer Club opened the 2017 USL season in style with a 2-0 victory over Reno 1868 FC, Saturday.

Markhus “Duke” Lacroix scored in the 30th minute and added another in the 45th to seal the victory. This is Lacroix’s first year in Orange County, having spent the previous two years with Indy Eleven of the NASL.

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The Orange County Soccer Club announces new signings

The Orange County Soccer Club announced the signing of former Seattle Sounders

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goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, former Galaxy II defender Joe Franco and Santa Ana native Amirgy Pineda.

Lyon, who attended Marquette University, spent the previous two years with the Sounders, playing mostly with Sounders 2.

Franco, 27, joined Galaxy II in 2014 and helped lead the club to the Western Conference title in 2015. He played with Miami FC of the NASL last year.

Pineda, 19, was born and raised in Santa Ana. He trained at the Nike Academy in England and was eventually signed to the LA Galaxy Academy.

The club opens preseason play, Saturday at LMU (1 p.m.). The regular season begins May 6 against Galaxy II.

 

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Former Galaxy defender lands at Orange County SC

Oscar Sorto has signed with the Orange County SC, the club announced Thursday.

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Sorto, 22, is a former Galaxy Homegrown Player. He made five appearances for the first team, spending the majority of his with Galaxy II.

He was signed as a Homegrown Player in 2012 by the Galaxy. Sorto was the first defender to be signed directly from the Galaxy Academy.

Sorto was out of contract with the Galaxy following the 2016 season.

“We are excited for Oscar to join our organization,” Orange County SC coach Logan Pause said. “He is a talented young full back, who immediately strengthens our team and we are keen to continue his development.”

OCSC is the official affiliate of Los Angeles Football Club.

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Orange County SC acquires Salomon Wbias on loan

Orange County SC announced Thursday the signing of Mexican youth national team defender Salomón Wbias on a season-long loan from from Pachuca of Liga MX.

Wbias, 20, is a central defender and has played at the U-15, U-17 and U-20 Mexican National teams.

“We are thrilled to welcome a world class talent like Salomon to our organization and demonstrate our intention to showcase some of the most talented young players from Orange County and around the globe” Orange County SC General Manger Oliver Wyss said.

Orange County SC is the USL affiliate of Los Angeles Football Club, who will debut in Major League Soccer next year.

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Orange County Soccer Club announces three signings

The Orange County Soccer Club, formerly known as the Orange County Blues FC,

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Orange County Soccer Club

announced three signings last week.

OCSC signed a 24-year-old winger Jerry Van Ewjik, who spent the last three seasons playing for De Graafschap and Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie. He scored 24 goals with nine assists.

Also returning is veteran midfielder Richard Chaplow. Chaplows joined the Blues in the second half of last year.

The club also announced the signing of Dusan Stevanovic

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Orange County Blues FC gets new name and logo

The Orange County Blues FC has been rebranded as the Orange County Soccer Club, it was announced Friday.

The club also unveiled a new logo which was developed with fan input.

“In selecting a name and logo, I wanted the primary focus to be on

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Orange County Soccer Club

Orange County,” Owner James Keston said. “Where most teams in Orange County in the past have shied away from having the OC be a part of their logo, we really wanted to embrace it and make it a focal point. We wanted to give fans something that readily identifies the club as Orange County’s team.”

The logo was designed by branding company Art Machine. The club hosted a series of events with fans to give their input on design options.

The club plays in the USL.

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