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Orange County SC embark on 2017 preseason

Club gearing up for March 25 USL regular season opener.

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Orange County SC coach Logan Pause.
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The preseason tryouts appear to be done for Orange County SC, and the USL side now turn their attention to actual preseason camp this week, according to head coach Logan Pause.

A group of Orange County SC trialists played local NPSL side SoCal SC over the weekend, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. While SoCal SC touted the opportunity for OCSC coaches to see their players, those who were trying out for the USL team also had the chance to get an invitation to training camp, to see if they would earn a pro contract this season.

Pause offered an update on Orange County’s Twitter feed following the scrimmage:

At the moment, eight players (defenders Roy Meeus, Juan Pablo Ocegueda and Salomon Wbias; midfielders Richard Chaplow, Dusan Stevanovic, Jerry van Ewijk, Kevin Jeon; forward Gustavo Villalobos) have been announced as signings for the 2017 season. With the season opener coming on March 25, there is less than seven weeks to get ready for the campaign, and obviously many more players will be added to the roster in the meantime.

No word thus far on preseason games for the proper Orange County SC squad, but that information will likely trickle out, possibly in more formalized fashion, soon. In recent years, the club has done a combination of staying home and playing other pro teams that visit the region for their own preseason camps, and taking a trip away from home to focus on training camp and play a block of games. With the new ownership and new coach, it’s unclear if that will happen again this year, so stay tuned.

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