Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 USL Pro: Orange County Blues Preview, Depth Chart & Key Players

2013: 11-7-8 (6th in regular season – Quarter-Finals)

Head Coach: Dariush Yazdani

MLS AffiliationNone
Key Returners: Chris Cortez F (23gp 10g 3a), Allan Russell M (25gp 2g 4a), Cory Miller D (23gp 1g) 

Key Newcomers: Gibson Bardsley F (22g 9g 6a with Dayton), Patrick McLain G (Chivas USA), Enrique Cardenas F (NCAA)
Analysis: Now the Orange County Blues, last season as Los Angeles, the Blues surprised a few more of the established teams in the league mostly through the combination play that lead to goals from Chris Cortez, George Davis, Rodrigo Lopez, Allan Russell and Matthew Fondy who was on loan from Chivas USA. Lopez, Davis and Fondy will not be on the team this season, which will be a loss, but the Blues did bring in Gibson Bardsley and if he can develop a partnership with Cortez the Blues should be competitive. They also are improved in goal with former Chivas USA keeper Patrick McLain joining the club. On the downside, the Blues have a new coach, new surroundings and now LA Galaxy II potentially competing for a similar players and potential audience.
2014 Prediction: 8th Place

Key Players


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