For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Chad Romiti | PR Manager
Orange County Soccer Club
949-647-GOAL
chad@orangecountysoccer.com

Blane Shepard | Partnerships
Cal South
626.774.6335
bshepard@calsouth.com

ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB & CAL SOUTH ANNOUNCE
COMPREHENSIVE MARKETING PARTNERSHIP

  • Partnership to kick off the 2nd half of the 2022 OCSC Season this week along with the start of the Cal South soccer season in September
  • Orange County SC will host Cal South Night on September 3 recognizing Cal South players, administrators, coaches, and referees
  • Partnership includes discounted offers for tickets and exclusive experiences for Cal South players at all OCSC games

IRVINE, CA (July 6, 2022) – Today, the Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC) and Cal South (California State Soccer Association – South) announced a new one-year marketing partnership to highlight soccer and professional development in Southern California.

As part of the partnership, OCSC will promote Cal South in stadium and during television broadcasts for all its home games, and the club will host the first ever Cal South Night on September 3, 2022. The night will include a number of activities and special offers for Cal South Players, and OCSC will highlight current and former OCSC and OCSC 2 players who have come through Cal South affiliate member leagues and clubs across Southern California.

“Orange County SC is thrilled to partner with Southern California’s largest youth soccer association to promote the game and provide youth players with the aspirational message that they can achieve their goals and dreams in whatever level of soccer they play in,” said Oliver Wyss, President of Soccer Operations. “We are proud to be the professional USL Championship Club representing all of Orange County and provide the only truly integrated local development pathway for young players looking to play professionally in the biggest leagues in the world.”

The partnership also includes discounted offers for tickets and exclusive experiences for Cal South players at all OCSC home games, digital and social media marketing for Cal South and its events, and in game hospitality for Cal South and guests.

“We are thrilled to have OCSC as a marketing partner with Cal South,” said Terry Fisher, Cal South CEO. “Our primary goal is to help promote soccer at every level and wanting a safe place to play and promote our game. We are very excited to bring this level of soccer experience and expertise to our members. The OCSC partnership will also allow us to further introduce “the New Cal South” and cross-promote our programs at OCSC games, culminating in a special Cal South Night on September 3, 2022.”

Current OCSC players who have been a part of Cal South include Milan Iloski, Brian Iloski, Ivan Gutierrez, Jonathan Gomez, and OCSC team captain, Michael Orozco.

The next OCSC match of the 2022 USL Championship season is Saturday, July 9, 2022, at home against Monterey Bay FC at 7:00 p.m. at Championship Soccer Stadium in the Great Park in Irvine. For club news and updates, visit OCSC at www.orangecountysoccer.com, download the official team app, and follow OCSC on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

For more information about Cal South, visit www.calsouth.com and follow Cal South Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Cal South:

The California State Soccer Association – South (Cal South) is a 501c(3) California public benefit corporation and is an official youth and adult state soccer association of the United States Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, and the United States Adult Soccer Association. The organization, with a service area that extends from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, provides rewarding recreational and competitive opportunities for players of all ages, genders, and skill levels. For more information about Cal South, visit www.calsouth.com.

About Orange County SC:

Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC) is Orange County’s only professional soccer team and a founding club of the United Soccer League (USL). The USL Championship comprises 27 teams across the United States and is the fastest growing Division II professional soccer league in the world. The team plays its home games at the immaculate 5,500-seat Orange County Great Park Championship Soccer Stadium located in Irvine, CA, a new facility surrounded by world class amenities and 24 soccer fields. OCSC won its first USL Championship in November by defeating the Tampa Bay Rowdies by a score of 3-1 at the 2021 USL Cup.  OCSC is dedicated to being the leader in professional player development in the United States, providing the most talented young players in Southern California and across the United States a pathway to professional soccer and to the top leagues around the world.  OCSC’s strategic partner is historic European power Rangers Football Club of Glasgow of the Scottish Premier League. In November 2021, OCSC’s 17-year-old center back, Kobi Henry, became the first active USL player to be called up to the full U.S. Men’s National Team for a friendly game against Bosnia and Herzegovina and in June of 2021 Henry was transferred to Ligue 1 side, Stade de Reims in the largest transfer in USL history. Additionally, in 2019 OCSC signed the youngest male in United States soccer history to a professional contract, Francis Jacobs, at the age of 14; Jacobs played in the 2020 Alkass Cup with Rangers in Qatar and will be returning to train with Rangers in the future. OCSC also executed the first ever player move from the USL to the German Bundesliga by sending Bryang Kayo to VFL Wolfsburg in early 2020, followed by the transfer of OC native Aaron Cervantes to Rangers FC in late 2020.  OCSC also received the largest transfer fee in league history within the USL for a 2021 intraleague transaction. Club owner and Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, James Keston, purchased the club in 2017, re-branded the team as Orange County SC and continues to lead the OCSC management team as Chief Executive Officer. OCSC, alongside its sister organization the 501c3 Orange County Soccer Club Community Foundation, are committed to creating a world-class soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players, and youth clubs of Orange County.