Orange County SC announced on Thursday they have re-signed defender Kevin Alston for the 2019 season. In addition, the club announced last month the signing of midfielder Charlie Adams, who most recently played for USL Championship Western Conference foe Real Monarchs.
Alston, 30, joined Orange County SC in June 2018 to bolster the backline and was credited with taking a good group and making them outstanding over the back half of the season. The MLS veteran was rumored to be drawing interest to return to the top flight, but his return to Orange County will be seen as a big coup for Braeden Cloutier’s side as they prepare to mount a title challenge this season.
In addition, Adams is a 24-year-old English midfielder. A product of Brentford’s system, he played in the lower divisions in his home country for the Bees, Barnet and Stevenage, before making his first foray stateside to play for Louisville City in 2015. After a brief return to Stevenage, he joined Real Monarchs in 2016 and played a little over two seasons for the club. He scored a career-high six goals last season.
“Charlie is a tremendous player that I have come to respect over the past couple of seasons having played against him with the Real Monarchs. Charlie is a fierce competitor first and foremost; he brings the commitment and work ethic that we have instilled here in Orange County this past season with him. He is a fantastic addition to our team and I look forward to working with him this season,” said Orange County SC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a statement.
So Orange County have some work to do yet to fill out their roster for 2019, but the work is already well underway. We’ll keep you posted on new updates as they happen.
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