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Orange County SC sign veteran defender Kevin Alston

Fullback arrives with more than 170 MLS appearances.

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Orange County SC announced on Friday they have signed defender Kevin Alston. The 30-year-old joins after nine years in MLS.

“We are fortunate to acquire a player of Kevin’s caliber. He is an experienced player who will make a significant impact to our backline,” said Orange County SC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement.

Alston is a Washington, D.C. native. Drafted by the New England Revolution in 2009, he played the bulk of his pro career there, making 148 appearances between 2009-15.

He was MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2013, winning the award after having battled cancer earlier that season, as he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Alston made a full recovery and returned to the field.

After leaving the Revolution following the 2015 season, he signed with Orlando City SC, and split his time between the MLS side and Orlando City B, then Orlando’s USL team. His contract ended last season and he had not signed for any other team prior to joining Orange County.

Alston will be available for OC’s rivalry game on Sunday against LA Galaxy II, and is the second defender signed by the club this week, joining Dutch veteran Jos Hooiveld.

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