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Orange County Blues sign English midfielder Richard Chaplow

The Blues add a player with Premier League experience.

Southampton F.C. (used with permission)

The Orange County Blues announced a player signing on Friday ahead of their 405 Derby clash against LA Galaxy II, bringing aboard English midfielder Richard Chaplow. According to the club, he will be available for Saturday’s game.

Chaplow, 31, has spent his entire career to date in England, starting in the Burnley academy before making his first-team debut in 2003. From there, he has featured for West Brom, Southampton (two separate stints), Preston North End, Millwall, Ipswich Town and most recently, Doncaster Rovers. Most of his career has been in the English Championship, but he had spells with West Brom and Southampton in the Premier League, and his time with Doncaster was in the third-tier League One.

"I can't wait to get going, after speaking with Oliver [Wyss] and Barry [Venison] and hearing the passion and vision they have for the club I'm really excited about the future and the direction the club is heading. I'm here to contribute in any way possible as the OC Blues go from strength to strength," said Chaplow in a team statement.

Chaplow is also a former England international, having represented his country at the U-19, U-20, and U-21 levels.

"To sign a player of Richard’s ability and profile, demonstrates the intensions we have as an organization to compete with the best in the USL," said head coach and general manager Wyss in the statement. "I firmly believe, Richard will not only be a great signing for the OC Blues FC but also have a significant impact on the USL as a whole. We are delighted Richard decided to join us, despite having many offers on the table."

Blues technical director Venison added: "We are very excited to welcome Richard to the OC Blues. He is a top quality player who comes with a great pedigree having played at the highest levels in England all of his career. His deep experience, athleticism, ability and leadership qualities are a huge boost to us at exactly the right time of the season. We can’t wait for Richard to pull on the blue jersey and help us achieve our goals this season."

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