Could there be big changes afoot for the Orange County Blues? That’s the report from English journalist Bob Williams, who tweeted something very interesting on Sunday:
Source: OC Blues to get new ownership and investment this coming week #USL— Bob Williams (@WilliamsBob75) July 31, 2016
Is there any truth to this report? Hard to say at this point. As of time of publishing, the club had not responded to The Goat Parade’s request for comment.
The Blues have been owned by Ali and Maryam Mansouri since entering USL ahead of the 2011 season. The duo formerly also operated the W-League powerhouse Pali Blues (renamed Los Angeles Blues their final season) which folded after the 2014 season due to the team losing too much money. In the interim, the W-League itself has folded.
Back in 2012, Ali Mansouri was quoted in an ESPN feature that he was committed to the OC Blues for three years.
"We will be there [in 2012], will be there the following year. If we cannot make it to the level -- not to make money, because I never anticipated this thing, but if it can come closer to [covering] its own cost, then we'll keep it going. If not, then we have to sit down and look at it again."
Obviously, this current 2016 season would be the fifth year, so things on some level seem to have gone right if the Mansouris have stuck around.
At this point, however, the report from Williams is credible but not yet confirmable. If and when we learn more on this story, we will pass the information along.
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