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Orange County Blues announce signing of USL champion, Goalkeeper of the Year Brandon Miller

A big splash from the local team as they look ahead to 2016.

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If you can't beat them, join them.

That line of thinking may have been on display for the Orange County Blues, as the club announced on Monday the surprise news they have signed reigning USL Goalkeeper of the Year Brandon Miller. Miller, 25, was in net as the Rochester Rhinos won both the regular season and USL championship this year.

Miller broke through in 2015, having not really featured for the Rhinos in previous seasons. But his numbers were impressive this year, as he set the league record in Goals Against Average with just 0.54, only conceding 11 goals during the regular season and notching 13 shutouts along the way.

"At the OC Blues FC, it is always our goal to win the USL Championship," said head coach and general manager Oliver Wyss in a team statement. "Brandon is a top quality professional and his signing shows the clear intention of our organization for the 2016 season."

Miller is originally from North Carolina and played collegiately at UNC Wilmington, so moving cross country is quite a big move. Presumably the climate (and a better pay packet) helped convince Miller to make the move.

"I'm very excited about my move to the OC Blues FC," said Miller in the statement. "After speaking with some of the coaches and front office staff, I feel as though the organization is moving in the right direction having finished first in the West last season and I want to come in and help the team take the next step towards winning a USL championship."

One would assume that Miller will be the presumptive No. 1 for the Blues when the season opens. It's quite a bold move, and appears to be a strong statement on the Blues' ambitions for 2016.

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