Orange County SC announced on Monday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with head coach Logan Pause.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we thank Logan for his contributions to Orange County Soccer Club and wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors,” said Orange County SC general manager and EVP of soccer operations Oliver Wyss in a statement.
Pause, 36, coached his first season in 2017 at the professional level. He amassed a 13-12-10 record in competitive matches with OC, across both USL league play and the U.S. Open Cup. While the team’s streak of reaching the USL Playoffs ended with the team finishing two spots outside the final playoff slot in the Western Conference, Orange County did win in the first time in the Open Cup in several years, and made their joint-best run ever in that competition, before losing to MLS opposition.
All that said, until injuries, suspensions and massive fixture congestion piled up late in the season, the team played good soccer and were generally competitive in their games. The flow of passing was better than most USL teams, but in the negative column they had trouble on both sides of the ball in the final third of the season and never fully pulled out of a rut.
The question is now whether Pause will immediately get a new job. Since the news broke today, (admittedly blind) speculation has linked him to the open Portland Timbers job, as well as joining Bob Bradley’s staff at Los Angeles Football Club. The latter is intriguing, considering the original rumor linking Pause to the Orange County job back in January was that he would coach OCSC for a year and then become an assistant coach for LAFC. If that does come to pass, then it may have been the wink, wink plan all along. If not, then maybe coach and team are looking for something new after a so-so season.
As for Pause’s replacement at Orange County SC, the release reporting the news says, “The Club is in the advanced stages of the process of appointing Pause’s successor.” With several months before the 2018 USL season starts, the team has time, although other teams in the league are already working on signings for next season and appointing coaches, so the timeline these days may be a bit different. We’ll keep you posted.
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