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Orange County Blues 2016 Player Postmortem: Andrae Campbell

Fullback became a fixture by the end of the season.

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Andrae Campbell seemed like a big signing for the Orange County Blues in 2016. The fullback, who had been capped by Jamaica and already had USL experience with the Wilmington Hammerheads, he appeared to be a likely starter for the full season.

In fact, Campbell did not play much at the start of the season, and Roy Meeus, another new signing, locked down the left back spot early in the season. Meeus was arguably the Blues’ best player early in the season, so Campbell not getting a run early didn’t seem like a complete oversight.

But as the season wore on, Campbell clearly surpassed Meeus on the depth chart, and while Meeus’ main talents seemed to be in attack, Campbell was a far more complete defender and really shined late in the campaign, especially the historic playoff win over Sacramento Republic, where he was arguably the best player on the field that night.

Campbell 2016 OC Blues statistics

2016 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
2016 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
USL Regular Season 18 12 971 0 1 10 5 3 0
USL Playoffs 2 2 219 0 0 2 1 0 0
U.S. Open Cup*
Total 20 1,190 0 1 12 6 3 0

Campbell is clearly an above-average USL fullback, and while he was unsurprisingly mostly a defender, he did make an effort to support the attack and get involved. That would likely be the side of his game to be improved the most, but his stint with Orange County has to be seen on the whole to be successful.

He will not be back in California in 2017, however, as he has signed a deal with USL newcomers Ottawa Fury. The change of scenery is considerable, and the Fury have undergone massive changes the past three years, to say nothing of the move from the NASL to USL, so we’ll see how the move shakes out for the Jamaican.

And while the newly rebranded Orange County SC is turning over a new leaf for the new season, it will be interesting to see if the next left back they bring in will match Campbell’s performance. His game was not flawless, but it remains to be seen if the club will uncover another player better in that position than most around the league.

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