MLS expansion team Los Angeles FC took another step towards preparing for their inaugural 2018 season, announcing a multi-year affiliation partnership with Orange County Blues FC of the USL.
“We are incredibly excited about this partnership, which will contribute significantly towards our goals of building a competitive roster in 2018 and growing the game here in Southern California.” said LAFC executive vice president of soccer operations John Thorrington. “In the OC Blues, we have a fantastic partner with an owner and staff who closely align with our vision to bring world-class professional soccer to Southern California.”
The deal will allow LAFC to loan players to the Blues for development and assists with the Blues stated goal of transforming into a world-class professional soccer organization after their August 2016 purchase by new team owner and president James Keston. The club is in the process of re-branding that will see the team take on a new identity with heavy fan input.
“We are thrilled to launch this exciting new era in Orange County soccer with our LAFC affiliation,” said Orange County general manager and executive vice president of soccer operations Oliver Wyss. “This partnership will significantly enhance the quality of our first team and strengthen the bonds between the two clubs. Together we will expand opportunities for coaching education and focus on all aspects of player development.”