Romeo Filipovic was an experienced journeyman who looked like he might find a good spot with the Orange County Blues after signing early in 2015. Four appearances later, he was on his way.
The 29-year-old central defender joined Orange County in April and immediately slotted into the lineup, Filipovic began his career in his native Germany but bounced all over the continent (and stops in Jordan and Indonesia) before coming stateside. Given the many, many stops he had made, 12 clubs he had actually signed deals for prior to coming to Orange County that I could find, there did seem to be more risk with the player not really settling than some of the other signings the Blues made with European players.
In the end, that turned out to be true, as he lasted exactly a month before moving on. From outside the team, he seemed like he was slotting in well, as Orange County went 3-1-0 in his four games, and got some recognition with a selection to the USL Team of the Week bench following his debut in the league.
Nonetheless, there appeared to be a difference of opinion on some level, and player and team parted ways by mid-May.
Here were Filipovic's statistics with the Blues:
|Games Played||Games Started||Minutes||Goals||Assists||Shots||SOG||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|USL Regular Season||4||4||360||0||1||0||0||2||0|
|U.S. Open Cup||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
But lest you think that's the end of the story for Filipovic in USL, no, in fact he ended up signing with Arizona United SC in July and played 10 games for them, as the team went 3-6-1 in those games. That included a 3-0 win by the Blues over Arizona in August.
So does that mean Filipovic has found a real landing spot in Arizona? Again, given his history, that doesn't seem very likely, but you never know. A source tells me he was not very complimentary of the American game after a game with Arizona. On one hand, he was playing for a lower division team in a league really working to establish fully professional standards still, but of course the guy has played for a lot of teams in his career so maybe he needs to adjust his expectations a bit, I don't know.
Maybe he's found the right situation, or maybe he'll be moving on again for 2016. Regardless, it's pretty much a certainty he won't return to the OC Blues for 2016.
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