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USL: Leadership changes for league; OC Blues tie UCLA in preseason action, re-sign two

Momeni and Kim in action last year for the Blues
Momeni and Kim in action last year for the Blues
Michael Janosz (used with permission of OC Blues Communications)

It's time for an update on USL, and we start at the top. The league announced on Monday three major changes to its leadership. Most notably, Tim Holt has resigned as USL president, and Jake Edwards, formerly executive vice president of USL, is taking that role. In addition, Justin Papadakis and Mike Jacobs have new roles on the business side. You can read more about the changes in the league's release on their website.

In other news, local USL side Orange County Blues continued their preseason with an open friendly on Sunday against UCLA, which the teams split 1-1. The Blues took the lead in the 43rd minute, when Chris Cortez and Kim Seung-ju connected on a tally. They held on even when conceding a PK just before the break, but Blues trialist Billy Thompson saved the penalty. Despite that, the Bruins came back, tying up the match in the second half off a Nico Gonzalez goal.

The Blues have less than a month before their 2015 season debut, against Arizona United on Mar. 28. According to a tweet from the club, their next preseason game is a friendly against another local college side, Loyola Marymount, on Mar. 22.

And in case you were wondering about players to fill out the Blues' roster, the club announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed two players, the aforementioned Kim, a 19-year-old South Korean midfielder who joined the team last season, and Iranian midfielder Mehrshad Momeni, who has been with the Blues off and on since 2011, after moving to California after playing professionally in his native country.

"I want to build a team that is tough out on the pitch. Momeni and Kim are two players that will do whatever it takes to help our team win," said Blues head coach Oliver Wyss in a team statement on the signings.

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