Kicking off the pro soccer season at
the Great Park
The Orange County SC is part of the United Soccer League (USL), the fastest-growing Division II professional soccer league in the world. Comprised of 34 teams across the country, the teams are affiliates of Major League Soccer teams. Orange County SC is the official affiliate partner of the new Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).
Southern California’s other MLS team, the L.A. Galaxy, was at the Great Park Championship Stadium in February for an exhibition match against the San Jose Earthquakes. The stadium was packed with fans of the Galaxy sporting David Beckham and Landon Donovan jerseys from the team’s glory days, as well as a strong turnout of local youth players, including many kids from the LA Galaxy soccer leagues. Some 5,015 attended the preseason exhibition, setting a new attendance record for the Championship Stadium.
The Earthquakes scored three second-half goals to defeat the Galaxy 4-2, much to the delight of the team’s vocal supporters, who sang songs and beat drums throughout the match.
There were food trucks, beer stands, music and activities for all ages at the festive event on a sunny Saturday afternoon that showed how well-used and loved the Great Park Sports Park already is, and a preview of what’s ahead as more soccer, baseball, softball, hockey and skating venues are yet to come.
Adidas and LA Galaxy Orange County are presenting the OC College Showcase at the Great Park on March 10-11 and March 17-18. The event draws top teams and clubs and features full-length matches, providing male and female high school athletes ages 15-19 the opportunity to show their skills in front of top college coaches. Other top tournaments drawing players and their families to Irvine and the Great Park Sports Park include the OC Summer Invitational in August and the OC Tournament of Champions in early December.