The Orange County Blues have made another roster announcement with the season right around the corner, with the news they have signed defender Andrae Campbell.
Campbell, 27, comes with USL experience, having played for the Wilmington Hammerheads the past two seasons. Prior to that, he played for Norwegian side Notodden FK, and got his start for Portmore United in Jamaica's top flight. He is also a Jamaican international, having periodically gotten call-ups since 2009, including during Jamaica's World Cup qualifiers last year.
"Andrae is a top quality defender and has proved he can compete on the international stage," said head coach and general manager Oliver Wyss in a team statement. "We are excited to add him to an outstanding defense that we feel can take us to the USL Championship."
Wilmington were the worst team in USL last season, by a long shot, although they did make the playoffs in Campbell's first year there. While roster churn can drastically change teams' fortunes year to year, the Blues' strong season last year may have played a role in enticing Campbell to Orange County.
"I'm elated to be a part of a club as prestigious as the OC Blues," said Campbell. "The goals and aspirations of the club for the upcoming season are in sync with my personal goals for the season, and I'm looking forward to a successful year with my new team."
Campbell's signing puts OC at 12 players on the roster, by my count. The Blues open the season March 26 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.
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