Orange County Blue Star
is an American soccer
team based in Irvine, California
, United States
. Founded in 1997, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League
(PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid
, in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
The team plays its home games at Eagle Stadium on the campus of Concordia University
, where they have played since 2007. The team's colors are white and black.
Zodiac Professional era
Blue Star began life as Orange County Zodiac
in the USISL A-League
in 1997, finishing fifth in the Pacific Conference in their inaugural season, with Gustavo Leal
leading the scoring charts. The team suffered three years of middling results, only advancing to the post season in 1999, where they lost to the Seattle Sounders
in the Round of 16. They changed their name to Orange County Waves
prior to the 2000 season, their final one in the A-League, but finished rock bottom of the Pacific Conference, and took the 2000-01 offseason to consider their options.
Drop to PDL; Blue Star is born
The club dropped down to the PDL in 2001 and changed their name again, and the newly-christened Blue Star immediately enjoyed success. They finished their first year in the fourth tier as Champions of the Southwest division, but were defeated by eventual championship runners-up, Calgary Storm
, in the Conference semi-finals. 2002 was frustrating, with Blue Star finishing a third in the division and missing out on the playoffs, but... Read More