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October 6, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Mike Gartlan has resigned as coach of the Orange County Zodiac soccer team to pursue other business opportunities, club officials announced Monday. Gartlan, who took over the coaching duties this past season after originally joining the team as a player in 1997, led the Zodiac to a 17-11 record in A-League play. He guided the team to its first appearance in the playoffs, losing to Seattle in the first round. The Zodiac also reached the third round of the U.S.
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January 13, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN
The purchase of Orange County's A-League soccer franchise will be completed today or Friday, league president Tim Holt said Wednesday. Holt said the league is choosing between Peacock Financial, a venture capital firm in San Jacinto, and an unnamed venture capital firm in Orange County. "We're just deciding who can provide the most stability in Orange County," he said. "We're not looking for the best financial deal, we're looking for a different approach."
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April 8, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The refrain "wait till next year" began about halfway through last season for the Zodiac soccer team. Though its team was in the middle of the A-League playoff hunt, Zodiac front office staff wanted fans to know things would be much different next year. Well, this is next year. Are things much different? It's a little early to tell. The Zodiac doesn't begin its third season until Friday night at home against the San Diego Flash.
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January 12, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Zodiac A-League soccer team will be purchased today by Peacock Financial, a venture capital firm in Temecula, according to Rick Brown, who was team president when the Zodiac ceased operations on New Year's Eve. The A-League assumed control of the franchise last week when former owner John Frankhouse defaulted on a $50,000 letter of credit.
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April 19, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't expect the Orange County Zodiac to win the A-League soccer championship in its debut season. But based on the Zodiac's 9-2-1 record in exhibition games and scrimmages, the team should be competitive. If nothing else, the Zodiac should be fairly recognizable to most Southern Californian soccer fans. Every player on the 19-man roster has some Southern California ties. Seven grew up in Orange County, four are from Santa Ana.
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July 19, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN
It wasn't surprising Mike Gartlan signed a goalkeeper almost immediately after being hired as Zodiac coach. After all, Gartlan had to find a replacement for himself, last season's starting goalkeeper. But it was a little surprising Gartlan picked Mike Littman, 30, as his heir apparent. Littman hadn't played professional soccer in two seasons and he was cut from the Zodiac last year before the season started.
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June 4, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Goalkeeper Mike Littman stopped four shootout shots, leading the Zodiac to a 2-1 victory over San Diego Thursday night before an announced crowd of 504 at Santa Ana Stadium. The Zodiac's victory ended San Diego's eight-game winning streak and handed the Flash only its second loss. Both losses have come to the Zodiac in Santa Ana. San Diego (8-2, 35 points) is still 11 points ahead of the Zodiac (5-5, 22 points) in the Pacific Division of the A-League.
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July 17, 1999
Following a lengthy rain delay, the Zodiac defeated El Paso in an A-League soccer game, 3-1, Friday in El Paso. Orange County improved to 10-6 and plays its next game against El Paso on Thursday at Santa Ana Stadium.
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September 12, 1999
Ian Russell and Sean Henderson each scored two goals to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 6-3 victory over the Zodiac in the first round of the A-League soccer playoffs in Seattle on Saturday. With the victory, the Sounders (20-9) ended the Zodiac's season and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals against top-seeded San Diego. Jason Boyce gave the Zodiac (17-12) a quick 1-0 lead five minutes into the game, but Seattle answered with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead at the half.
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June 28, 1998 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started as a way for the pitchers in the bullpen to pass the time. "One, two, three, four, five. . . ." It didn't take long for Wally Ritchie and his Vigilante teammates to count heads in the stands and gather that night's crowd count in Reno. Actually, they didn't kill much time at all. "When you start counting and come up with 163 people," Ritchie said, "you know it's not a real good night for baseball."
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September 12, 1999
Ian Russell and Sean Henderson each scored two goals to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 6-3 victory over the Zodiac in the first round of the A-League soccer playoffs in Seattle on Saturday. With the victory, the Sounders (20-9) ended the Zodiac's season and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals against top-seeded San Diego. Jason Boyce gave the Zodiac (17-12) a quick 1-0 lead five minutes into the game, but Seattle answered with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead at the half.
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September 11, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Zodiac will try to avenge a playoff loss last year to Seattle when the teams meet in the first round of the A-League playoffs at 7:35 tonight in Seattle. The winner advances to the Western Conference semifinals. The Sounders (19-9, 81 points), who finished fourth in the Western Conference, have Mark Baena, whose 20 goals led the league. Seattle defeated the Zodiac twice this season, 4-1 and 2-1, and last year in the first round, 2-1.
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August 28, 1999
Gustavo Leal scored the winning goal six minutes into overtime Friday night, leading the Zodiac to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Flash in A-League soccer before 1,782 at Santa Ana Stadium. The Western Conference- and Pacific Division-leading Flash (19-8) took a 1-0 advantage in the fifth minute when Kevin Legg sent a free kick to Chugger Adair at the back post. Adair sent the ball to Daniel Sinohiu, who followed with a header for the score.
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August 7, 1999
P.J. Brown scored in the eighth round of the shootout to give San Diego a 2-1 victory over the Zodiac in an A-League soccer game Friday in San Diego. Kenny Hesse of the Zodiac scored the game's first goal when he kicked the ball about 30 yards and got it past goalkeeper Tom Tate in the 37th minute. San Diego already had lost Carlos Farias, the league's top scorer who was ejected after his second yellow card in the 26th minute.
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July 17, 1999
Following a lengthy rain delay, the Zodiac defeated El Paso in an A-League soccer game, 3-1, Friday in El Paso. Orange County improved to 10-6 and plays its next game against El Paso on Thursday at Santa Ana Stadium.
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July 10, 1999
Steve Patterson scored off a corner kick from Brian Engesser in the 37th minute to give the Zodiac a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Riverhawks in an A-League soccer game Friday in Wilder, Ky. Patterson's first touch off Engesser's corner kick struck the cross bar, but the rebound hit goalkeeper Chris Wanamaker and rebounded back to Patterson, who slipped it into the net. Cincinnati (6-10), which outshot the Zodiac, 9-8, nearly tied the score in the second half when J.T.
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January 28, 1999 | BILL SHAIKIN
The Zodiac and the Arrowhead Pond have reached tentative agreement on a three-year deal to return indoor soccer to the arena, Zodiac President Richard Brown said Wednesday. Brown expects Pond officials to forward a formal proposal by Friday. If the Zodiac signs off, indoor soccer could return to the Pond this summer for the first time since the Splash folded in 1997. "The biggest hurdles have been overcome," Brown said. "We need to fine-tune the agreement."
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July 7, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, at least there was one positive to come out of the Zodiac's 2-0 loss to the Division 3 Carolina Dynamo in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. Hardly anyone was there to see it. Only about 150 showed up Tuesday night at Santa Ana Stadium to watch the Zodiac play its worst game of the season at the worst possible time. Had the A-League Zodiac defeated the lower-level Dynamo, it would have played Columbus of the MLS on July 13 in the Crew's new soccer stadium.
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