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Orange County SC sign former Rangers forward Harry Forrester

English striker looks to make impact in USL Championship

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Orange County SC announced on Friday they have signed English forward Harry Forrester ahead of the 2019.

“I’m very excited to bring a player of Harry’s caliber on board and continue to strengthen our team from a year ago,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement. “One of our first priorities this offseason was to find a dynamic winger with the ability to create off the dribble. Harry has that quality and proved it at a very high level for Rangers, one of the biggest clubs in the Scottish Premier League.”

The 28-year-old comes to Southern California after spending time with two teams in Iran, Tractor Sazi and Machine Sazi. Prior to that, he had spent his entire career in Britain, coming through Watford’s academy before moving to Aston Villa. While he was quite successful with the youth ranks at Villa, he didn’t see any first team action there. He first played in Scotland at Kilmarnock, in 2010-11, then following the end of his Villa deal, moved back to England to play for lower-league teams Brentford and Doncaster Rovers.

In 2016, he made the move to Scottish giant Rangers FC, then in the Scottish second-tier, as they looked to move back up the pyramid, helping them to win the league title to gain promotion as well as the Scottish Challenge Cup, for teams in Scotland below the top flight, in his first season there.

The end of Forrester’s tenure at Rangers was rocky, as he was deemed surplus to requirements, and after a loan deal at AFC Wimbledon, he moved to Iran last year.

Forrester is the second English player to sign with Orange County SC this offseason, joining Charlie Adams. OCSC kick off the 2019 season on March 9 on the road against Reno 1868 FC.

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