IRVINE, Calif. - After weeks of build-up on social media, Owner Ali Mansouri today officially introduced the Orange County Blues Football Club in front of a packed room at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine. Formerly known as the Los Angeles Blues, the club will begin a new era in 2014 as it competes in USL PRO at its new home, Anteater Stadium, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
The OC Blues were pleased to welcome the club's loyal fans, staff, sponsors and members of the team to join in the celebration of today's important announcements. The re-launch event also included the debut of the Blues' 2014 jerseys, which feature the primary sponsor Sports 1 Marketing and the back of jersey sponsor Destination Irvine, and the new club crest.
The new crest represents Orange County's beautiful beaches, glorious sunshine, and the passion for soccer that exists throughout the county. The Blues also unveiled their new home, away and alternate kits. The home jersey is royal blue with white accents, the away kit is white with blue accents, and the alternate kit is orange with white accents, paying homage to their new home in Orange County.
The OC Blues FC joined USL PRO as an expansion team in 2010, debuting in the 2011 season. The strongest U.S. men's professional soccer league on and off the field, USL PRO is entering the second season of its partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO now features 14 teams, including new rivals for the Blues this season in the LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic FC.
Orange County is now a part of the other beautiful cities and regions represented in USL PRO, leading to the Blues' new slogan as "Orange County's Very Own". The OC Blues FC will represent every culture, and every language in the beautiful and diverse Orange County area. The love for soccer exists throughout Orange County, and now every resident can unite as one to show their support for the area's new soccer team as it brings the beautiful game to the world.
"Our relocation and name change reflect a deeper transition within the team organization to a new level of seriousness about the future of the club," said General Manager Jon Spencer. "We are arriving in Orange County as a result of a movement built on desire and commitment toward a future for the Blues that envisions a new level of overall passion for the game. We are the driving for our community to be our long-standing supporters moving forward. We want this team to represent all of the greatness that is Orange County."
The OC Blues FC will play their first home game on April 5th against the Oklahoma City Energy FC. Join the team in its quest to win its first USL PRO Championship. Be present, loud, and proud and enjoy Orange County's one and only professional soccer team. It's time to show that Orange County is a soccer county. Visit The Blues new website www.ocbluesfc.com for more information on tickets, players and upcoming events.