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
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.
Former Liverpool and Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, 36, will transition into coaching.
He will take on a full-time coaching position with the Liverpool Academy. Gerrard will assist in the professional development phase of the players. Gerrard will begin his new role next month.
The new role will provide Gerrard with the opportunity to enhance his coaching skills and development under the stewardship of Alex Inglethorpe.
“It feels like completing the circle,” Gerrard said. “Returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion, it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.
“I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organization.”
Gerrard spent 17 years with Liverpool after graduating from the Academy.
The Galaxy continued to strengthen its midfield today, adding 23-year Portuguese midfielder Joao Pedro.
Pedro, who’s full name is Joao Pedro Almeida Machado, played with Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal’s first division. He was added to the Galaxy as a Special Discovery Player through Target Allocation Money.
Pedro will occupy an international roster spot and will officially join the Galaxy pending the receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.
“He’s an extremely talented midfielder who has experience playing at a high level in Portugal,” Galaxy general manager Peter Vagenas said. “He is only 23 years old and has the best years of his career front of him.
“We identified him as a top target this off-season and we think he can immediately help strengthen our midfield.”
Herculez Gomez, who led lead the Galaxy to the 2005 MLS and U.S. Open Cup, announced his retirement Tuesday.
Landover, MD – May 30, 2012 – FedExField: Herculez Gomez (9) of the US Men’s National Soccer Team during an international friendly match (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)
Gomez was with the Seattle Sounders last year, receiving his third MLS Cup title. His future will lead him to ESPN as a soccer studio analyst.
Gomez was also with the Galaxy for the 2002 MLS Cup.
Gomez will work on ESPN FC as well as studio analyst for the network’s coverage of MLS,U.S. Men’s National Team, and other international soccer competitions. On ESPN Deportes, he will appear on signature soccer studio programs Fuera de Juego and Futbol Picante.
He will debut today on ESPN FC.
Gomez played with five MLS teams: Galaxy (2002-06), Colorado (2007-08), Kansas City Wizards (2008-09), Toronto FC (2015) and the Sounders (2016). He also played with Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna and Tijuana in Liga MX.
The Galaxy announced the signing of Galaxy II defender Hugo Arellano as a Homegrown Player, Friday.
Arellano, who is a product of the LA Galaxy Academy, is 18 years-old. He made eight appearances for Los Dos last year after signing his professional contract with the club in July.
“Hugo is a young, talented defender who we have seen develop as a member of our Academy and LA Galaxy II,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said. “In addition to his time with Los Dos, he is highly regarded at the youth international level and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow both on and off the field as a member of the Galaxy.”
Arellano is from Norwalk and becomes the sixth Galaxy Homegrown Player on the first team roster, joining Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal, Raul Mendiola, Bradford Jamieson IV and Jack McBean