Tuesday, December 7, 2010
It's official: Blues coming to O.C.
By Scott French
The Los Angeles Blues are a reality. The club, owned by the same group that controls the W-League's Pali Blues and was co-owner of dissolved Women's Professional Soccer club L.A. Sol, will play in the United Soccer Leagues' new USL Pro men's division next season.
The Blues announced Tuesday that Charlie Naimo, Pali Blues' head coach and general manager of the Sol, will be vice president and head coach and the team will play “a majority of their games” at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. The venue was the home field for the L.A. Salsa of the American Professional Soccer League, a USL predecessor, in the early 1990s and has been used by the L.A. Galaxy, Chivas USA and U.S. national teams.
USL Pro, which has been granted third-division status by U.S. Soccer -- Major League Soccer is first division, no league has been sanctioned as second division -- plans to field 16 teams in 2011.
The Blues, who are owned by Ali and Maryam Mansour -- they have dropped the Blue Star LLC name -- will stage a “pep rally,” with a formal introduction of the team, next Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Titan Stadium (just west of the 57 freeway, Yorba Linda Boulevard exit).