Two main news items in this week's USL PRO update. First, let's stay local: The Orange County Blues announced this week the return of four players from 2014's squad.
Perhaps the player best known to Chivas USA fans is midfielder Jacob Barron, who played for the Goats' U-23 team, spent time with the first team during the 2014 preseason, and played at least one reserve league game for CUSA in 2014. The 23-year-old signed with the Blues in July, and made three appearances in the league last season.
The other three players re-signed were goalkeepers Jose Miranda and Aaron Perez and defender Brenton Griffiths. Miranda is a Cuban who defected to the U.S. in 2008 while with the Cuban U-23s at the Olympic qualifying tournament. The 28-year-old has played for several Southern California teams, including the at times star-studded Hollywood United Hitmen, Los Angeles Misioneros, and the Blues' prior incarnation under the Los Angeles branding.
Perez, also 28, has been with the Blues since 2013. While in college at UCLA, he was the punter for the football team.
Griffiths, a former Jamaican youth international, was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in 2013, and made one appearance with them during his season-and-a-half with the MLS side. He joined the Blues during the 2014 season and made six appearances.
In addition to the signings, USL PRO announced the home openers for all of the teams on Saturday. The Blues will open the season March 28 against Arizona United SC at Anteater Stadium in Irvine.
Here are all of the openers, courtesy of USL PRO's Twitter account:
From the sound of it on the league's Twitter account, the full 2015 schedule will be released on Monday.
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