Orange County Soccer Club Signs Historic Partnership with Rangers Football Club of the Scottish Premiership
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC) has entered into a strategic partnership with Rangers Football Club, founded on football, youth development, and commercial activities between California and Glasgow, Scotland.
The new partnership includes several exciting programs, activities, and player movements between the two clubs. A number of Rangers professional and academy players will go on loan for the season to play in the United Soccer League (USL) for the OCSC first team in January.
“Rangers will serve as the aspirational peak of the one-of-a-kind ‘Pathway to Professional Soccer’ that OCSC has built for youth soccer players in Southern California,” said Oliver Wyss, president of Soccer Operations, OCSC. “Our players will now be joined by some of the most talented young Rangers professional and academy players that we expect to have an immediate impact on the field for OCSC’s first team.”
Three professional OCSC youth players were welcomed to the Rangers on trial in December, with the USA youth internationals Francis Jacobs, Aaron Cervantes, and Diego Lopez playing in Academy matches.
Full-time members of Rangers staff will transfer to Orange County to help develop and deliver the program on all levels.
“We’re excited and proud to announce our relationship with Orange County Soccer Club,” said Stewart Robertson, managing director, Rangers FC. “The club’s international strategy is a core-pillar to our growth plans and this relationship gives Rangers a permanent presence in the U.S. and a platform to develop further. The Orange County area has hundreds of thousands of youth players and the club has first-class facilities and a staff with decades of experience. Not to mention the weather and lifestyle are some of the best in the world.”
Preparations are being made for a Rangers Squad to participate in a new concept friendly football tournament in Orange County in the summer of 2020 and 2021.
Rangers Soccer Schools will join forces with OCSC to provide both daily coaching sessions and week-long clinics to boys and girls in the Southern California area.
Southern California players and teams will have the ability to travel to Glasgow and train with Rangers coaches at the Hummel Training Centre. Scottish players and teams will also have the option to travel to OC for clinics, tournaments, and soccer-friendly family vacations.
A behind-the-scenes documentary telling the story of the young players crossing over between Orange County and Glasgow is already in development and will be aired during 2020.
“We are thrilled to join the Rangers family and create this revolutionary bond with one of the most successful clubs in the history of European football,” said James Keston, owner, OCSC. “In the coming years, we hope to see many members of the OCSC nation on the pitch and in the stands with 50,000 raucous fans at Ibrox [Stadium in Glasgow]. We also hope to make Orange County a second home for the Rangers U.S. faithful and their families.”
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