The Orange County Blues announced on Tuesday the return of goalkeeper Josh Cohen for the 2016 season. The 23-year-old joined the Blues during the 2015 season out of UC San Diego and played 90 minutes in his rookie season, allowing one goal in a late-season draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.
"I'm excited to be returning to the OC Blues for my first full season as a professional," said Cohen in a team statement. "I'm looking forward to playing with all the new guys on the team and building on my experiences from the end of last year."
Cohen is the second confirmed goalkeeper on Oliver Wyss' squad for the upcoming USL season, and will be a backup to newcomer Brandon Miller, who is reigning USL Goalkeeper of the Year. Whether Cohen will be second- or third-string is unclear, although with Billy Thompson's departure to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and no sign thus far of last year's starter Pepe Miranda, Cohen could move up to be Miller's primary backup.
As a result of this latest announcement, OC's roster is now up to 11 players for the coming season. There's still about a month before the season opener, and we look forward to hearing about the rest of the roster in the weeks to come.
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