The Orange County Blues grabbed a big win over local rivals LA Galaxy II on Saturday, and one of the players who chipped in on that effort is midfielder Pablo Cruz, who was announced as a new signing by the Blues prior to the game on Saturday.
Cruz, 24, joins the Blues from NASL side Edmonton FC. Prior to that, he played for two defunct NASL teams, the Atlanta Silverbacks and San Antonio Scorpions. He got his start with the amateur Cal FC team that made a run in the U.S. Open Cup in 2012 and has since produced a slew of professionals.
"We are delighted to add another top quality player to the squad in Pablo Cruz. He is a player with a wealth of experience in the NASL and comes at a great time to help us secure a play-off spot," said Blues general manager Oliver Wyss in a team statement.
Cruz is a Southern California native, growing up in Pasadena, and is a former U.S. youth international.
"I’m happy to be back home in Southern California and excited to play in front of my family. I’m ready to help the team win and hoping to give them a push to make the playoffs, and win a championship," said Cruz.
Cruz came off the bench in the second half of Saturday’s game against the Galaxy II, and will likely see more action as the Blues aim to make a push up the standings in the USL season’s homestretch.
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