August 5, 2022 – United Soccer League (USL) Championship – Orange County Press Release
Irvine – Next week, the Irvine City Council will consider a proposal that could expel Orange County Football Club from its championship football stadium and grant exclusive rights to the venue to LA Galaxy for use by the Division 3 development team.
“Our club was built in Irvine, we are 100% Orange County proud and is now under attack. We were stunned and extremely disappointed by yesterday’s news that the city could undo all the great work we have done in football and in the community in Orange County, James Keystone, owner of OCSC, said: “OCSC has launched the Championship Soccer Stadium for the past five years. It is where fans have come together to watch our team represent their community, where we have won trophies, and where local players have fulfilled their dreams as they rise from the academy to the pros and to some of the biggest clubs in the world.”
In response to the intended proposal, which was developed without OCSC’s input or realization, the club is exploring its legal and contractual options, including whether the Galaxy – whose reserve team, LA Galaxy II, currently plays in the USL Championship – violates USL rules. LA Galaxy is willing to provide compensation to the City of Irvine for leading OCSC, and all other OC men’s and women’s local teams, from their Great Park stadium.
Orange County SC is also working closely with the United Soccer League’s executive leadership and legal team in response to this situation.
“The USL is disappointed with the news that the City of Irvine will consider terminating the Orange County SC lease at the Championship Soccer stadium in Great Park and providing exclusive use for the LA Galaxy development team. In response, we are working closely with OCSC to explore this,” said Jake Edwards, President. FA “Legal and Contractual Options”.
“OCSC is an exemplary professional sports organization that provides a world-class football experience to players and fans and has a real impact on its local community. The club has won championships and is known throughout world football for developing players. Orange Country SC’s home is – and must remain – a championship football stadium. foot”.
The proposal is scheduled to be presented at the Irvine City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 9.
“We are a world-class football club built for Orange County, Orange County,” Keystone said. “We are proud of how our club has been embraced by the local community and our success has been recognized by the football world. We have made Championship Soccer Stadium a true home for our fans and for the sport of Irvine. As always, we will stand for our club and our community.”
OCSC urges all fans and anyone in Orange County or outside of Orange County who care about their football community to stand up for what is right. For more information, visit www.orangecountysoccer.com/stadium-update on how to take action and support Orange County SC.
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