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Orange County SC sign forward Michael Seaton

Former D.C. United homegrown returns stateside.

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Orange County SC announced on Monday the signing of forward Michael Seaton for the 2018 season.

Seaton, 21, returns to the United States to play professionally after two years in Israel, where he played in the second division for three teams: Hapoel Ramat Gan, Hapoel Tel Aviv, and Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Beginning his professional career with D.C. United in 2013, where he signed a homegrown deal, the teenager struggled to find playing time, finally getting a shot on loan at USL affiliate Richmond Kickers, where he scored eight goals in 23 appearances across two seasons. He also had a short loan spell in his D.C. career with Swedish side Orebro SK.

Seaton was traded to the Portland Timbers in 2015, but also had difficulties breaking into the lineup there, getting a handful of appearances with Timbers 2 in USL.

In many respects, this gives Seaton, also a Jamaican international, a chance to restart his career in the league where he’s found the most success to date, something the player himself noted.

“I am glad to be here,” said Seaton in a team statement on the signing. “There have been a lot of ups and downs that have not been in my control, but I am grateful that this organization believes in me to get the job done moving forward.”

“Michael is a player that is going to be a handful in this league. He is a strong powerful player that will cause problems for many defense,” said Orange County SC head coach Braeden Cloutier. “He gives us the ability to stretch our opponents with his pace and will give us the much needed ability to score goals up top.”

Orange County SC open the 2018 USL regular season on Saturday at home against Phoenix Rising FC.

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