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Fusion to Host Rangers F.C. (Scotland) in July Friendly

Written by Danny Page

 

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One of Britain's great teams visits Ventura County for training camp, match on July 15th

 

 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE - http://www.vcfusion.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/Pages.Page/id/1076

 

Over the last eight years, Fusion has made a habit of bringing world class soccer to Ventura County, playing friendly matches against a handful of clubs from the English Premier League, as well as other teams from top leagues around the world. Today, Fusion is proud to announce an exhibition match against one of the UK’s most decorated and supported clubs, Rangers F.C. from Glasgow, Scotland.

 

The match will take place Tuesday, July 15th at the VC SportsPlex in Ventura, California. Presale tickets can be purchased for $25 (Adult)//$15 (Youth 14 & under) at VCFusion.com, with ticket prices rising to $30 (Adult)//$20 (Youth 14 & under) at the gate on the day of the match, as available. Rangers F.C. has won 54 Scottish top-flight league titles, dating all the way back to the club’s first championship in the 19th century.

 

“This is another special occasion for Ventura County Fusion to show it’s one of the west coast’s leading soccer franchises and bring a celebrated team to Ventura,” Fusion General Manager Ranbir Shergill said, “The match on July 15th against Rangers F.C. should be quite a thrill for our supporters, players, and soccer fans throughout Southern California.”

 

Rangers last visited the United States in 2007, and are preparing for a key season in the Scottish Championship, the nation’s second division. Rangers will open their North American tour with a six-day training camp in Ventura before taking on Fusion. Rangers then head north to face Sacramento Republic FC on July 19.

 

“The trip to America is a fantastic opportunity to re-introduce Rangers to the North American fans and I am confident the tour will be a success on a number of levels,” Rangers Manager and legendary midfielder Ally McCoist said, “We have a wonderful global fanbase and I am sure the members of NARSA (North American Rangers Supporters Association) will turn out in huge numbers at all of our games.”

 

 

Ticket Availability and Pricing

Tickets for this historic friendly are immediately available and can be purchased via phone (805) 830-8005 or on the team’s website, www.VCFusion.com. Tickets start at just $25 for adults and $15 for Children, with ticket prices rising to $30 (Adult)//$20 (Youth) on the day of the match. The match is expected to sell out, so please purchase tickets via the presale to guarantee your seat at the game.

 

 

Rangers F.C. will be Seventh British Opponent Fusion has Faced

With the upcoming match, Fusion continues its long-standing tradition of bringing renowned British clubs to the region. Fusion has faced half a dozen Barclay’s Premier League clubs over the years, including matches in Ventura County against West Bromwich Albion (2011), Swansea City (2012), Burnley (2009), & Portsmouth (2010). Fusion has also played exhibition matches against Everton (2008) & Manchester City (2011), although these games were not open to the public.

 

 

About Rangers F.C.

Rangers Football Club is steeped in tradition, has a rich and proud history and is a name that conjures up magical memories in the minds of thousands of supporters around the globe.

 

The Light Blues are also one of the most successful club sides in world football - with a record-breaking 54 top flight League Championships, 33 Scottish Cup Final wins, 27 League Cup Final victories and one European Cup Winners’ Cup Final triumph to date.

 

Rangers have made a number of memorable appearances recently in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the group stage 5 times in the last dozen years. During that span, Rangers faced a number of marquee European clubs including Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

 

In 2008, Rangers defeated Panathinaikos (Greece), Werder Bremen (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) & Fiorentina (Italy) en route to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, a match they ultimately lost to Zenit St. Petersburg, 2-1, at the City of Manchester Stadium.

 

Recently the Club won Division 3 and the Scottish League One title following administration. Since Rangers humble beginnings in 1872, the Club has earned a worldwide reputation and lifted many honors and accolades, including becoming the first club in the world to win 100 major trophies, a distinction earned during the 2001-02 season.

 

 

About Ventura County Fusion

The Fusion, established in 2006, plays in the Premier Development League (PDL) of the United Soccer League (USL). Considered one of the most successful franchises in the leagues history for multiple milestones. Since our inaugural season in 2007, the Fusion have reached the third round of the US Open Cup, claimed two Southwest Division Championships, and have been crowned PDL National Champions in 2009.

 

Fusion has hosted training camps for more than a dozen Major League Soccer teams, and has met six Barclay’s Premier League clubs in friendly matches. Other past opponents include Chivas Guadalajara (MEX), Independiente (ARG), & GAIS (SWE). Fusion has also faced the national teams of Canada and Mexico as they prepared for major tournaments.

 

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About Rangers F.C.

Rangers Football Club is steeped in tradition, has a rich and proud history and is a name that conjures up magical memories in the minds of thousands of supporters around the globe.

 

The Light Blues are also one of the most successful club sides in world football - with a record-breaking 54 top flight League Championships, 33 Scottish Cup Final wins, 27 League Cup Final victories and one European Cup Winners’ Cup Final triumph to date.

 

Rangers have made a number of memorable appearances recently in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the group stage 5 times in the last dozen years. During that span, Rangers faced a number of marquee European clubs including Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

 

In 2008, Rangers defeated Panathinaikos (Greece), Werder Bremen (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) & Fiorentina (Italy) en route to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, a match they ultimately lost to Zenit St. Petersburg, 2-1, at the City of Manchester Stadium.

 

Recently the Club won Division 3 and the Scottish League One title following administration. Since Rangers humble beginnings in 1872, the Club has earned a worldwide reputation and lifted many honors and accolades, including becoming the first club in the world to win 100 major trophies, a distinction earned during the 2001-02 season.

 

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28 JUN 2014

Prepartions Underway for Glasgow Rangers Friendly

Written by Danny Page

 

Tickets Selling Quickly for Exhibition Match Against Storied British Club

 

 

Purchase Tickets Here - http://www.vcfusion.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/Pages.Page/id/1076

 

With the World Cup in full swing and the American sporting public focused on world soccer more than ever before, Ventura County’s leading sports franchise is continuing its plans for arguably the biggest match to ever be played in the County, as Glasgow Rangers visit Ventura on July 15th, just two days after the World Cup Final.

 

Rangers FC (Glasgow, Scotland) will take on the Ventura County Fusion in an exhibition match on Tuesday, July 15th at the Ventura College Sportsplex, with ticket sales moving briskly and Rangers fans from all around the country preparing to flock to Ventura for this prestigious friendly. This match kick starts Rangers 2014 North American Tour that includes visits to Sacramento (CA), British Colombia & Calgary.

 

“We are building towards a brilliant atmosphere for this exciting friendly match,” Fusion GM Ranbir Shergill said, “Its been exciting to see so many tickets sold to Rangers supporters from all different parts of the country. To say the least, we’re looking forward to hosting Rangers and their fans.”

 

Presale tickets can be purchased for $25 (Adult)//$15 (Youth 14 & under) at VCFusion.com, with ticket prices rising to $30 (Adult)//$20 (Youth 14 & under) at the gate on the day of the match, as available. Rangers F.C. has won 54 Scottish top-flight league titles, dating all the way back to the club’s first championship in the 19th century.

 

 

Fusion Introduces VIP Field Seating for Friendly Match

Fusion has added another ticket package for Rangers supporters, a VIP Field Seat, which includes a pitch-side seat and scarf commemorating Rangers first North American tour since 2007. VIP Field Seats cost $100 and are available in limited quantities. Don't miss this opportunity to sit field-side for this exciting exhibition match.

 

 

Barrelhouse 101 to Host Pre-Match Meet Up

As Fusion & Barrelhouse 101 continues a series of successful World Cup viewing parties, both are proud to announce a Pre-Match Meet Up for Rangers supporters ahead of the July 15th friendly. Barrelhouse 101 will welcome Rangers supporters in both before and after the match.

 

This “Meet Up” is the perfect opportunity for Rangers supporters to convene and catch up with fellow fans of their beloved club. Barrelhouse 101 is located in downtown Ventura at 545 E. Thompson Blvd. Fusion is working to ensure there will be taxis or other for-hire transportation available ahead of the match.

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VC Fusion History:

 

 

Club History

 

• The Ventura County Fusion is an American soccer club based in Ventura, California that was founded in 2006. In 2007, the Fusion became the first soccer

 

franchise from the Ventura County area of Southern California to enter the Premier Development League (PDL).

 

• The Fusion team plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the United Soccer Leagues’ (USL) PDL. The PDL is primarily designed to develop players between the ages of 17 and 23 for careers in professional soccer, and it is made up of 68 teams from across North America.

 

• The Fusion is one of the only franchises around the country to truly incorporate all levels of the game. The Fusion fields a men’s USL PDL team, a youth club academy, and various community soccer programs for players at all levels and needs, including soccer schools, soccer camps, youth soccer league, and free soccer clinics.

 

• The Fusion Youth Club Academy hosts two youth soccer tournaments annually: the Ventura County Fusion Spring Classic in March and the Ventura County Fusion Invitational in August. The tournaments have grown to approximately 100 teams competing in each event.

 

• The Fusion Youth Soccer Academy regularly fields about 20 competitive teams with approximately 400 players between the ages of 8 and 19. Six of the teams recently finished first or second in their respective Coast Soccer League (CSL) brackets and were eligible for promotion for the 2011-2012 season. The Academy also has a director of coaching and fully qualified professional coaches overseeing the entire program.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS

 

• The Ventura County Fusion franchise was awarded the 2008 USL PDL Communications Award.

 

• In 2009, the Fusion defeated the Chicago Fire PDL team (2-1) to win the USL PDL National Championship.

 

• The 2009 National Championship game was played in Ventura, California, to a sell-out crowd and broadcasted nationwide on the Fox Soccer Channel. The Fusion were the firstever Ventura County sports team to be nationally telecast.

 

• The Fusion also won the 2009 USL PDL Western Conference Championship. This included victories over other teams, such as the Los Angeles Legends and Hollywood United Hitmen.

 

• In addition, the Fusion won the 2009 USL PDL Southwestern Conference Championship with victories over the Kitsap Pumas and the Bradenton Academics.

 

• In 2010, the Fusion made franchise history by finishing the regular season with the best record and winning the USL PDL Southwest Division title.

 

• In 2011, the Fusion again made franchise history by finishing the regular season with a 10-0-6 record completing its first undefeated season.

 

• Throughout the course of the season, the average Fusion home game attendance is approximately 1,200 fans. With the recent growth that the franchise has seen, it is expected to see this number rise for next season.

 

MEDIA

 

• Local, national, and international media often feature articles about the franchise’s accomplishments throughout the year, with weekly media updates about the PDL team during the season.

 

• The Fusion has been featured multiple times in the USL Breakaway program that airs regularly on Fox Soccer Channel.

 

• Every season, domestic and international opponents square off against the Fusion on nationally-televised games. This coverage includes the PDL Championship and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

 

• All Fusion home games are broadcast on local radio with a dynamic play-by-play and color commentary team, and streamed online via USLLive.com.

 

THE FUSION VERSUS THE WORLD

 

• The Fusion regularly plays pre- and in-season exhibition matches against world-class professional teams from around the world, including such well known opponents as Burnley FC, Everton FC, Manchester City (the richest club in the world & current FA Cup winners), Portsmouth FC & West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League; Independiente of the Argentine First Division; Hammarby and GAIS of the Swedish First Division; and Oita Trinita, recent JLeague champion.

 

• The Fusion has played several Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, including the Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders & Vancouver Whitecaps.

 

• The Fusion has also played exhibition matches against the United States U18 & U20 national teams, Mexico U18 & U21 national teams and New Zealand U 20 national team.

 

• The Fusion’s most notable performances against world-class competition include:

 

• 1-0 win over Columbus Crew which later went on to become the 2008 MLS Champions. This win resulted in the Fusion becoming the second PDL team in the history of the league to beat an MLS team.

 

• 1-0 win over Chivas USA.

 

• 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake which later went on to become the 2009 MLS Champions.

 

• 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers.

 

• 0-0 draw with San Jose Earthquakes.

 

• 0-0 draw with Chicago Fire.

 

• 1-0 victory over GAIS.

 

• 1-1 draw with the Mexico U21 National Team.

 

• 2-1 victory over the New Zealand U20 National Team.

 

• 1-0 victory over 11 time Swedish champions AIK Stockholm.

 

• Historic 1-1 tie against 2013 Canadian Gold Cup Men's National Team.

 

• The Fusion regularly hosts MLS and European teams wishing to use the organization’s facilities for their pre-and mid-season preparatory breaks.

 

• In July 2009, the Fusion hosted Burnley FC of the English Premier League in Ventura for its preseason training for two weeks. The Fusion also hosted a game with Burnley FC at Buena High School in Ventura, in front of 3,800 fans.

 

• In July 2010, the Fusion hosted Portsmouth FC of the English Premier League in Ventura for its preseason training for seven days and an exhibition game at Oxnard College.

 

• From November 2010 through March 2011, the Fusion hosted 5 MLS soccer clubs in Ventura for their preseason training and exhibition games. These clubs included Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes & Vancouver Whitecaps.

 

• In July 2011, the Fusion hosted West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League in Ventura for its preseason training for ten days and an exhibition game at Oxnard College.

 

TECHNICAL FUSION STAFF

 

• Graham Smith, director of soccer, is a former director of Chelsea of the English Premier League, and a veteran of over 250 professional games. He is the founder of First Wave Sports Marketing, the third largest soccer agency in the United States.

 

• Head Coach Ole Mikkelsen, a former NASL professional soccer player and U.S. Olympic team member, who holds the record at UCLA for most goals scored in a career with 83.

 

• Bob McNab, director of player development, is a former English Premier League player with Arsenal, an England National team member and coach in the NASL, MISL, and CISL. Bob brings over 40 years of diverse soccer experience on the world stage to the Fusion franchise.

 

FUSION PLAYERS IN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES WORLDWIDE

 

• The Fusion’s talent pool for the PDL team continues to be one of the highest in the country. The Fusion had the pleasure of placing former player Anton Peterlin with Everton FC of the English Premier League. This was the first time ever that a player from a PDL franchise was offered a contract from an EPL team.

 

• The franchise had six players selected in the 2008 MLS Super Draft.

 

• Selected by the Kansas City Wizards, former Fusion player Chance Myers was the top pick overall in the 2008 MLS Super Draft.

 

• In 2009, the Fusion saw four players sign with MLS clubs. The Fusion has also had various players on trials with many international clubs throughout the world, including teams in England, Mexico, Norway, Germany, and Sweden.

 

• In 2010, the Fusion had four players sign with MLS clubs.

 

• In 2011, the Fusion had a player sign with a Serbian First Division club, four players sign with MLS clubs and eight players sign with USL Pro clubs.

 

• Since 2007, the Fusion has had over 40 players move onto play professional soccer in the U.S. and overseas.

 

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This is the starting XI VC Fusion fielded against Las Vegas Mobsters to win their regional division league title today:

 

Edwards; Colvey, Hancock, Alvaro, Kiffe ©; Vale, LaGrassa, Cazarez, Bell, Jome; Deanladi.

 

Reads like a 4-5-1 system.

 

In the second half they brought on Chase Minter, Andy Moya and Keny-Guyer with Palacios & Lopez coming on for the last few minutes.

 

Their 2 goals came from Danladi & Jordon Vale.

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7 pm Ventura County local time, how does that translate into British time again?

 

Ventura, California is 8 hours behind us, so while it's currently Saturday 16:00 here in Scotland, it's Saturday 08:00 in Ventura.

 

That means the match kicks off at 03:00 am for us on Tuesday night/Wed morning or 04:00 am for you in Berlin.

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