Former Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause named Orange County Blues coach

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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.

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Galaxy in damage control mode as soccer fans protest San Diego Chargers move to Carson and MLS schedule released

chargersstubhub 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:

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100 Percent Soccer column: As Bruce Arena swaps Galaxy for faltering U.S. national team what now for club and country?

The U.S. Men's soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson.  Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

The U.S. Men’s soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson. Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

Read Staff Writer Damian Calhoun’s take on the opening day of the USMNT camp in Carson at StubHub Center.

Read the inaugural 100 Percent Soccer column of 2017 and my take on what Arena’s move means here.

And see Staff Photographer Brad Graverson’s images of the first day on the field for the USMNT squad here.

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USL announces conference alignment for 2017 season

Here is the conference alignment for the upcoming 2017 USL Season

Western Conference Eastern Conference
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Bethlehem Steel FC
LA Galaxy II Charleston Battery
OKC Energy FC Charlotte Independence
Orange County Blues FC FC Cincinnati
Phoenix Rising FC Harrisburg City Islanders
Portland Timbers 2 Louisville City FC
Real Monarchs SLC New York Red Bulls II
Reno 1868 FC Orlando City B
Rio Grande Valley FC Ottawa Fury FC
Sacramento Republic FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds
San Antonio FC Richmond Kickers
Seattle Sounders FC 2 Rochester Rhinos
Swope Park Rangers Saint Louis FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Toronto FC II

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MLS Combine: Nick DePuy ready to take next step in professional career

Nick DePuy started his soccer playing in Southern California, as a resident of Irvine.

This week, he’s back, paving the way to the first big professional step on his journey.

DePuy, who attended Mater Dei HS for one year before moving to Colorado, mls_logo-svgis one of participants in this week’s MLS Player Combine. The ultimate goal is to have his named called during Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

He played four years at UC Santa Barbara.

“It was a great experience,” DePuy said of his time at UC Santa Barbara. “I worked really hard. Coming into my freshman year, I was a high recruit, but I wasn’t guaranteed any minutes.”

It also wasn’t any guarantee that DePuy would end up with the career that he eventually had for the Gauchos.

DePuy arrived at UCSB as a defender and it took a bit of being at the right place at the right time for him to move up the field.

“I ended up starting three games in,” he said. “My second year, I started out as a defender again, at center back, and then one of our strikers went down with an injury.

“My coach, halfway through the season, put me up top. I scored a bunch of goals my sophomore (10) year, had a really good junior year (15 goals).”

After his junior year, DePuy said he started receiving interest from professional teams, but decided to return for his senior year, where he scored just six goals and he added that his last year “was kind of disappointing.”

“We lost a lot of guys that I didn’t think we were going to lose,” he said. “My junior year, we went to the Sweet 16 and we only had three seniors that we knew we were losing.  By the start of summer, we had five or six starters that were either injured of transferred. We had a bunch of new players and a lot young guys as well and I believe that the connection and chemistry wasn’t as good as it was the other years.

DePuy went on trial with clubs in Europe recently. He said that he learned a lot. Now, he’s trying to put everything to use to catch the eye of the MLS Scouts that will result in his name being called during Friday’s SuperDraft.

“It has always been a dream of mine to go professional,” he said. “This has always been a hobby for my, but once my sophomore and junior year hit, I was like this could really happen and my dream is really going to come true.”

 

 

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MLS: Recap of first day of MLS Player Combine

The first day of doubleheaders for the MLS Player Combine kicked off Sunday at StubHub Center.

In the opening game, Team Control defeated Team Chaos, 3-1. Zeiko Lewis, mls_logo-svgGuillermo Delgado and UCLA’s Jackson Yueill scored for Team Control.  Jorge Gomez-Sanchez scored for Team Chaos.

In the second game, Team Tango defeated Team Copa 3-0. David Goldsmith and Jonathan Lewis scored from the penalty spot and Goldsmith added another goal.

The players will be in nterviews Monday with MLS clubs before returning to the field Tuesday. Here is the schedule: Team Chaos v. Team Copa, 1:15 p.m., followed by Team Control v. Team Tango 3 p.m.

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What you need to know for the MLS Player Combine

The annual MLS Player Combine is in California this year, taking place at the StubHub Center, Jan. 8-12. All games are free.

The invitees will be split into four teams (Team Chaos, Team Control, Team Copa and Team Nemeziz). They will compete over three days. All of the mls_logo-svgplayers will be eligible for Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

There will be doubleheaders Jan. 8, 10 and 12.

Here is the schedule

Sunday, Jan. 8

Team Chaos v. Team Control, 1:15 p.m.

Team Copa v. Team Nemeziz, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Team Chaos v. Team Copa, 1:15 p.m.

Team Control v. Team Nemeziz, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Team Copa v. Team Control, 10 a.m.

Team Chaos v. Team Nemeziz, 11:30 a.m.

Player will also participate in interviews and various physical testing, January 7.

 

 

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Gyasi Zardes and Sebastian Lletget receive call-ups for U.S. National Team camp

Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes and midfielder Sebastian Lletget were among the 32 players that received invites to the U.S. Men’s National Team camp.

The camp begins Jan. 10 at StubHub Center. The U.S. will play its first friendly under new galaxycoach Bruce Arena, Jan. 29 against Serbia in San Diego.

Also on the roster is midfielder Jermaine Jones. The Galaxy acquired the rights to Jones last month, but have yet to finalize a new contract.

The U.S. will also face Jamaica, Feb. 3 in Tennessee, players will then be released to their MLS clubs to prepare for the preseason.

Zardes is returning from a broken fifth metarasal in his right foot suffered in August and that sidelined him for the remainder of the MLS season. He has made 31 appearances for the national team.

For Lletget, this is his first national team call-up. Lletget joined the Galaxy during the 2015 season and has made 40 starts, with eight goals and 10 assists.

As expected, the list is made up of all MLS players. This is still a group that has World Cup qualifying experience. There are 15 players among the group with such experience.

“We’re real excited about the camp coming up,” Arena said. “We’re looking forward to working with that group. We want to evaluate these 32 players and try to project ahead to the qualifiers in March and see if any of these players can position themselves to help our team in qualifying.”

Here is the complete list:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

 

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Southern California college players eligible for NWSL Draft

The National Women’s Soccer League released a preliminary list of players eligible for selection in next week’s draft.

The draft will take place Jan. 12 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Los Angeles at noon. There will be four rounds.

Of the 148 names, 14 had Southern California ties:

Jacqueline Altschuld (Woodland Hills) University of San Diego, Defender/Midfield/Forward

Rylee Baisden (Yorba Linda) Pepperdine, Forward/Midfield/Defender

Maddie Bauer (Newport Beach) Stanford, Defender

Jordan Jesolva (La Mirada) Santa Clara, Forward/Midfield

Katie Johnson (Monrovia) USC, Forward

Kaitlyn Johnson (Los Angeles) Washington St., Forward/Midfield

Savannah Levin (Newport Coast) USC, Defender/Midfield/Forward

Kayla Mills (West Covina) USC, Forward/Midfield/Defender

Amber Munerlyn (Corona) UCLA, Forward

Ifeoma Onumono (Rancho Cucamonga) Cal, Midfield/Forward

Samantha Prudhomme (Aliso Viejo) USC, GK

Hannah Seabert (Riverside) Pepperdine, GK/Forward

Arielle Ship (Westlake Village) Cal, Forward/Midfield

Sarah Teegarden (Monrovia) Wake Forest, Midfield

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U.S. U-23 Women’s National team opens camp Friday

With the senior team opening camp later this month, the U-23 U.S. Women’s National team will get underway Friday at StubHub Center.

The roster is a mixture of top players from the U.S. Youth National Teams, elite college players and four NWSL players.ussoccerlogo

The camp runs from Friday to Jan. 13.

Among the invitees is Ashley Sanchez (Monrovia). Sanchez played in both the U-17 and U-20 World Cups last year.

Here is the complete roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Madalyn Schiffel (Seattle Reign FC; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Hannah Seabert (Pepperdine; Riverside, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Tavia Leachman (Utah; Long Beach, Calif.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Sydney Miramontez (Nebraska; Lenexa, Kan.), Gabrielle Seiler (Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.), Samantha Witteman (Orlando Pride; Redondo Beach, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Andrews (USC; Milford, N.H.), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Megan Dougherty Howard (Florida; Largo, Fla.), Tyler Lussi (Princeton; Lutherville, Md.), Ifeoma Onumino (California; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Morgan Proffitt (Marquette; Columbus, Ind.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Western New York Flash; Chino Hills, Calif.), Danica Evans (Colorado; Lakewood, Colo.), Ashley Hatch (BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.), Sarah Luebbert (Missouri; Jefferson City, Mo.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Hailey Skolmoski (Utah; Riverton, Utah), Crystal Thomas (Georgetown; Elgin, Ill.)

 

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