Orange County SC announced on Tuesday they have acquired midfielder Nicolas Czornomaz. The 22-year-old will be available for the USL side from Wednesday’s game against Rio Grande Valley FC.
Czornomaz is a name familiar to those who followed Los Angeles Football Club’s preseason, as the Argentine, who had come through the Defensa y Justicia club in his native country had come in on trial during the MLS expansion team’s training camp, and apparently won a spot with the team. Just prior to the season, he was announced as a member of the team along with the rest of the roster at a team event.
According to Orange County’s release on the news, “The Argentinian joins Orange County SC on loan from the club’s Major League Soccer affiliate Los Angeles Football Club.” He’s the first player LAFC have loaned to Orange County this year, joining three players loaned from other MLS teams: Mark Segbers (New England Revolution), Alex Crognale (Columbus Crew SC) and Andre Rawls (New York City FC).
Except there’s no indication Czornomaz is on LAFC’s roster at all. Given the club’s international slots situation, it appears there’s not space for Czornomaz to be on the MLS team roster (and Andre Horta’s eventual arrival will present another issue) and he’s not listed on the LAFC website. Perhaps he has very recently signed a deal and has been sent down on a long-term loan to Orange County SC. Who knows? I suppose we should take Orange County’s word for it, but the numbers don’t seem to indicate Czornomaz can be on LAFC’s roster at all without another international player departing.
Anyway, Czornomaz, who hasn’t appeared to play at the first-team level in Argentina, is set to make his pro competitive debut as soon as Wednesday for Orange County SC. Of course, he’s joining a team that is on a roll, winning their last four games, so he may have some work to do to break into Braeden Cloutier’s lineup.
You can be sure we’ll keep track of Czornomaz’s play as part of our beats covering both LAFC and Orange County SC.
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