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The Orange County Waves was a professional women's soccer team, based in Orange County, California. The team began play in 2011, won the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Championship and then folded at the end of its first season.

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History[edit]Edit

Orange County Waves was one of two professional teams founded for the 2011 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) by the same team of investors; alongside the Bay Area Breeze, based in Northern California.

Originally conceived as Orange County Sol, the team aimed to be a continuation of the defunct Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) franchise Los Angeles SolAnschutz Entertainment Group, rightholders of the Sol name, blocked its use for the new teams'.[1]

Former Sol coach Abner Rogers was recruited as well as several ex-Sol players. It was intended that the Waves would progress to WPS, then the top level of professional women's football in the United States.[2] Experienced Ajax America Women coach Brian Boswell joined as assistant to Rogers, who flew to the 2011 Algarve Cup to scout for players.[1] A strong squad was assembled, comprising professionals except for five amateur players who needed to preserve their college soccer eligibility.[3]

The team won the national WPSL Championship in its only season of existence, beating Chicago Red Stars 2–1 after extra time in the final. Rogers was named Coach of the Year.[4] In December 2011 the team's owners withdrew funding from Orange County Waves, in order to focus their attentions on Bay Area Breeze.[5]

2011 squad[edit]Edit

[6][7] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 [1] GK Katie Loomis
1 [2] GK Sophia Perez
2 [3] DF Kelly Lawrence
3 [4] MF Brittany Klein
4 [5] DF Jenny Hammond
5 [6] DF Sabrina DeMonte
6 [7] DF Colette Swensen
7 [8] FW Tanya Taylor
8 [9] MF Dani Bosio
9 [10] FW Kiki Bosio
No. Position Player
10 [11] DF Kika Toulouse
11 [12] MF Katrín Ómarsdóttir
12 [13] DF Ashlee Elliott
13 [14] FW Laurel Pastor
14 [15] DF Kristina Larsen
15 [16] DF Vendula Strnadova
18 [17] FW Shannon Cross
19 [18] FW Meagan Snell
20 [19] FW Kimberly Allard
21 [20] DF Tracy Hamm

Year-by-year[edit]Edit

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs National Cup
2011 2 WPSL 1st, Pacific South Champions
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