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Orange County SC sign forward Darwin Jones

Former Seattle Sounders Homegrown moves to SoCal.

MLS: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Philadelphia Union
Jones (right) in action with the Rowdies.
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Orange County SC announced on Tuesday the signing of forward Darwin Jones. The 26-year-old joins as free agent, most recently playing for Swedish second-division side IFK Värnamo.

Jones is best known for his stint as a Homegrown signing with the Seattle Sounders. Having grown up in Seattle, he played in the Sounders academy and played NCAA soccer at the University of Washington. Joining the Sounders’ first team in 2015, he never quite broke through to play for the MLS side on a regular basis, getting most of his minutes in his two seasons in Seattle with Seattle Sounders 2. After Jones’ contract ended, he moved on to another USL side, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he scored a goal last season.

“We are excited to add Darwin to our talented roster, and bolster our attacking options. Darwin is a dynamic winger who has a proven track record in this league, and we are convinced he will have a significant impact for us!” said OCSC general manager and EVP Oliver Wyss in a team statement.

While the team release doesn’t make certain, he could be in line for his debut as soon as Wednesday, as Orange County play Swope Park Rangers in Kansas City. Either way, expect Jones to serve as striker depth, getting perhaps the occasional start but likely to primarily come off the bench for Braeden Cloutier.

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