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Orange County SC sign Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld

Veteran brought in to boost ambitious group.

AIK vs IFK Goteborg - Allsvenskan Photo by Marcus Ericsson/Ombrello/Getty Images

Orange County SC announced on Tuesday the signing of center back Jos Hooiveld. The 35-year-old joins after a well-traveled career through Europe.

Hooiveld started out in his native Netherlands, making his professional debut in 2003 for Heerenveen. He also played at Zwolle before moving abroad, playing in Austria (Kapfenberger SV), Finland (Inter Turku), Sweden (AIK, in two separate stints), Scotland (Celtic), Denmark (FC Copenhagen), England (Southampton, Norwich City, Millwall), before returning home to play in the FC Twente system.

“We are very excited to bring in a player with the experience and leadership that Jos has. He’s played at the highest level and is a winner! He’s a highly motivated player that expects a lot from himself and his teammates. He will be extremely valuable on the field and in the locker room as we continue to build a championship winning team,” said Orange County SC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement.

His contract with Twente just wrapped up, so he joins Orange County SC on a free transfer, and provides cover with Alex Crognale appearing to be back in the Columbus Crew SC reckoning and perhaps not likely to be spending much time, if any, on loan with Orange County SC moving forward. Hooiveld joins another defender, Thomas Juel-Nielsen and an up-and-coming American, Walker Hume, in OC’s center back rotation.

Hooiveld has a personal connection to OCSC midfielder Richard Chaplow, as the duo played together at Southampton.

The newcomer will be available for selection on Sunday, when Orange County SC face LA Galaxy II in the second edition of the 405 Derby.

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