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Orange County SC 2017 Player Postmortem: Kevin Jeon

Midfielder saves best contribution for last.

Courtesy of Orange County SC communications

Orange County SC had a number of young and youngish professional prospects join in 2017, and among those was midfielder Kevin Jeon. He joined after a bit of time spent in the lower divisions in Spain and Germany, respectively. It’s nice to see a young American striking out in Europe, but admittedly the teams he played for were well out of the media spotlight and coming to USL to embark on a pro career close to home was likely appealing.

Jeon was a depth option for Logan Pause overall, as he only made one start one season and came off the bench five more times, while being in the gameday 18 roughly half of the time during the season.

Truth be told, his minutes were limited and he often was tasked more with helping to lock things down defensively than push forward in the attack, but he saved his best moment of the season for last.

In the season finale, Jeon came off the bench in Vancouver against Whitecaps FC 2, in that team’s final ever game, with the score tied 3-3. In the 85th minute, Jeon took a feed from Irvin Parra, chested it down and made some space for himself, and shot to score his first and only goal of the season to win the game for Orange County.

Not a bad way to end the season.

Here are Jeon’s statistics with Orange County SC in 2017:

Jeon’s OCSC 2017 Statistics

2017 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
2017 Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Shots SOG Yellow Cards Red Cards
USL Regular Season 5 1 128 1 0 3 1 0 0
U.S. Open Cup 1 0 29 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 1 157 1 0 3 1 0 0

We’ll see what the future holds for Jeon. He appears to have genuine technical ability, and in limited minutes showed a solid workrate, but he really didn’t play much to determine if he just needs a chance to get more minutes. Usually, it’s telling if a player didn’t make the field much, but that’s no guarantee — there may have been a knock he was carrying or maybe the squad or formation wasn’t the most complimentary.

On social media, Jeon has been quiet, and his posts tend to skew to the upbeat overall, so there’s no hints about his future there. He’s still young, but we’ll see if he’ll be back with Orange County next year, or if he’ll move onto the next team or opportunity.

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