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Orange County Blues sign forward Max Rauhofer

A big striker with USL experience joins the Blues.

Rauhofer (L) joins Orange County for season’s homestretch.
Courtesy of Real Monarchs SLC.

The Orange County Blues continued their midseason signing flurry on Friday, announcing the addition of Uruguayan forward Max Rauhofer. The 25-year-old may be familiar to USL audiences as he played for Real Salt Lake’s team, Real Monarchs, last season.

Rauhofer is a big No. 9, and scored nine goals in 17 league appearances last year in USL. Otherwise, he has played youth soccer in Spain, before making his professional debut in his native Uruguay at Liverpool from 2010-13, and then moving on to another Uruguayan side, Sud America, the following season. Following his stint with Real Monarchs, he went to Argentina to play for lower-division side Guillermo Brown, and is now back in the States.

"I’m excited to come to the U.S. and to join Orange County Blues for the remainder of the season. I hope I can contribute and help the team win games," said Rauhofer in a team statement.

"Max is an experienced player, both in the USL and in international leagues," said Oliver Wyss. "He is a goal scorer who will add depth to our front line and will have an immediate impact on the team."

According to the team’s release, it appears Rauhofer is eligible for Orange County’s next game, on Sunday against Portland Timbers 2 in Portland.

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