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Michael Seaton announces departure from Orange County SC

Striker will aim to continue career in Europe.

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Michael Seaton announced in a social media post on Friday he will not be returning to Orange County SC for the 2020 season.

Seaton, 23, said he will look to continue his career in Europe, having previously played in Sweden and Israel, and calling it the “best step” for him moving forward. Seaton thanked head coach Braeden Cloutier and the coaching staff and the fans for their support during his two seasons with the club.

All told, Seaton made 59 appearances for OCSC, scoring 28 goals, serving as a key player both seasons, where they made the USL Championship Playoffs and in 2018 went all the way to the Western Conference Final after finishing the regular season atop the conference standings.

The Jamaican international was originally signed as a Homegrown player by D.C. United as a teenager, and bounced around for some time before he joined Orange County. With the orange-and-black he found his footing and played the best soccer of his career to date. He admitted to Angels on Parade last year that he had found a maturity he didn’t possess before and was really growing as a person and a player.

With Orange County SC’s place in the soccer pecking order, it’s understandable he wants to move on to try and play at a higher level, but Seaton’s departure leaves a big hole to fill and it won’t be easy to do it.

Best of luck to Michael in his career and thanks very much for the memories.

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