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Orange County Blues win appeal on Brenton Griffiths' suspension, sign goalkeeper Josh Cohen

Good news as a key starter returns to action sooner than expected.

New Blues GK Cohen in action.
New Blues GK Cohen in action.

Some good news for the Orange County Blues, as USL announced in a press release on Wednesday that defender Brenton Griffiths' two-game suspension had been appealed and the sanction was subsequently reduced to one game. That means he will be available now for the Blues' next game, a big showdown against Arizona United SC on Saturday, which is certainly good news for the Blues.

The same release from the league did note, however, that Blues' technical director Barry Venison has been suspended for one match. It's unclear what happened to warrant that ban from the sideline. And forward Chris Cortez picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Austin last week and has been hit with a standard one-game suspension as a result, meaning he will be missing the game against AZ United. On the bright side, Christofer Ramirez's one-game suspension for the same offense has been served, so he will be available once again.

In other news, the Blues announced on Monday they have signed rookie goalkeeper Josh Cohen. Cohen played in the PDL with the Burlingame Dragons and played collegiately at UC San Diego (hey, that's my other alma mater! Not too many UCSD folks become professional athletes!).

"I'm really excited to be joining the Blues and beginning my professional career. I hope to continue integrating with the team, improve my ability, and make a positive impact in any way I can," said Cohen in a team statement.

It appears Cohen will be third on the depth chart behind Pepe Miranda and USL Team of the Week selection Billy Thompson, but this is USL and sometimes squad players, even 'keepers, get a chance in competitive action.

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