Orange County SC have made a statement of intent for the 2018 USL season, announcing over the weekend the signing of Danish forward Thomas Enevoldsen.
The 30-year-old joins from NAC Breda in the Dutch Eredivisie, where he made 12 appearances and scored one goal this season. Starting out at hometown club AaB in 2005, Enevoldsen, the son of a former player, had two stints at the club, 2005-09 and 2014-17. He won the Danish Superliga in 2007-08.
Enevoldsen has also had stops in the Netherlands — in addition to NAC Breda, he’s played for Groningen — and Belgium, where he suited up for KV Mechelen. He’s also played in European competition, both in the UEFA Cup and Champions League.
The player also has 11 senior team caps for Denmark, making his debut for his national team in 2009, and scoring one goal in those games.
“Thomas is a highly experienced European player who represented Denmark in the World Cup,” said Orange County SC general manager & executive vice president Oliver Wyss in a statement. “He is a prolific finisher and his goals will certainly entertain our fans this season!”
Orange County have touted Enevoldsen as a striker, while it appears the player has played a great deal on the wing. It appears likely he’ll play something of a “tweener” role, akin to Jerry van Ewijk’s position last season. And with van Ewijk moving to Reno 1868 in the offseason, there was certainly room to add a player with what looks to be a similar skillset for the upcoming season.
“It’s always been a dream for me to play in the USA. When Orange County came up I felt it was the right time to do it, I can’t wait to start training with the team and I’m looking forward to a great season with OC,” said Enevoldsen.
Orange County SC are in the middle of their preseason training camp, with their first announced friendly coming on Sunday against UC Riverside at home at Orange County Great Park.
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