Jimmy Turner returned to the Orange County Blues for his third season in 2015, and while he was part of the squad that had a successful season for the club, his on-field impact diminished over the course of the season.
The 26-year-old, a local who played collegiately at UC Irvine, still factored into the fullback mix for new coach Oliver Wyss, but as the club slumped through the summer, a time when Turner was seeing plenty of minutes, those minutes were pared back as the team began turning their fortunes around late on.
Here were Turner's statistics for 2015:
|Games Played||Games Started||Minutes||Goals||Assists||Shots||SOG||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|USL Regular Season||11||6||572||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|U.S. Open Cup||1||1||90||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Compared to this, Turner played in 26 league games and just under 1,400 minutes in 2014, so he very much became depth in the back this year. And while his specialty contribution, the long throw, nearly came to fruition a few times in his limited minutes, he couldn't quite connect on the attacking end, either, and probably didn't help his prospects of seeing the field.
All that said, if Jack McCracken had not emerged as a starter over the course of the season, or had gone down injured, Turner would have seen more time. Given that he was beaten out, however, and the fact that he didn't play after mid-July, means he may be on the outside looking in for 2016.
Given the rapid expansion of USL this year and beyond, Turner probably has a solid shot of signing a deal for 2016. The question is whether it will be with the Blues. Given the fact that he didn't play for the final months of the season, it seems unlikely, but continuity is not a bad thing and perhaps Turner's contributions over the years may nudge him into a camp invite come the new year. We shall see.
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