Jacob Barron had a largely quiet season for the Orange County Blues in 2015.
The midfielder, in his second season with the USL outfit, got more minutes this year with the team, but still had a very specific role on the squad. Put simply, he was a midfielder brought in to soak up minutes late, most of the time to help preserve a result. The majority of his appearances came when the Blues won, so on some level, Oliver Wyss trusted him to help get the team over the finish line, which can't be a bad thing.
Here are Barron's statistics in 2015:
|Games Played||Games Started||Minutes||Goals||Assists||Shots||SOG||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|USL Regular Season||11||1||359||0||0||3||2||1||0|
|U.S. Open Cup||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
While Barron, who grew up in the area, did take those assignments in coming off the bench to help Orange County earn points, he still had difficulty breaking into the core group over the course of the season, and overall remained a bench option. As we have seen with the other season reviews written to this point, Wyss had a lot of bench options, and that made it difficult for players who were in that category to see a lot of minutes. It seemed players were either starters or subs, with few players really bridging that gap as the season went on.
Given the likely role he was given to help spell players who were tired and to play defensively first and foremost, it's perhaps not a surprise that Barron didn't contribute any goals or assists on the season, and that's probably ok, since other players usually picked up the slack. He also wasn't a destroyer, per se, as he was only called for three fouls and was yellow carded once on the season. With a versatile role, it must be said he didn't really distinguish himself on a personal level, it must be said.
Still, Barron played a role during the season in helping the Blues to their best-ever finish in the regular season, and helped them get back to the playoffs. Every team needs squad players and he fit the bill in 2015. What that means for his future, of course, is anyone's guess, given the frequent changes in USL. But we'll have to see if he'll be back in 2016.
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