Orange County SC announced on Friday the signing of Japanese midfielder Koji Hashimoto, following reports on the move out of the Japanese press this week.
Hashimoto 31, joins Orange County after playing his entire career to date in his native country, most recently for J.2 side Mito Hollyhock.
BREAKING NEWS Press conference about to begin at Championship Soccer Stadium @ocgreatpark ✍️ @orangecountysc signs former @hollyhock_staff midfielder Koji Hashimoto for the 2018 season! ⚽️ #USL #MyOCSC pic.twitter.com/qkhOnvkRjf— Orange County Soccer Club (@orangecountysc) March 16, 2018
The midfielder, known for his set piece ability, got his start at Nagoya Grampus alongside Keisuke Honda, who is of course now an investor in Orange County SC. While the players went their separate ways in their careers, Hashimoto then played for first-division sides Omiya Ardija and Kawasaki Frontale, bookended by two separate stints at Mito Hollyhock.
Hashimoto is one of several additions to the Orange County roster in the past couple days, but the first signing to come from Japan after that had been promised when Honda discussed his involvement with the club in the offseason. Orange County SC open the 2018 USL regular season on Saturday, at home against Phoenix Rising FC.
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