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Orange County SC sign veteran goalkeeper Patrick McLain

Longtime MLS ‘keeper returns to USL Championship club.

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Orange County SC announced on Friday they have signed veteran goalkeeper Patrick McLain.

The 30-year-old has played extensively in MLS and also in the USL Championship. Signing with Chivas USA out of college at Cal Poly in 2012, he spent part of two seasons there before moving on. He has also had stints with Sacramento Republic, the Chicago Fire, Minnesota United and Saint Louis FC.

The signing represents a return for McLain, who played for Orange County SC when they were the Orange County Blues back in 2014, playing 15 games at the time.

“We have been very patient and selective in our process this offseason filling out our roster,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement. “Our patience has paid off with the signing of Patrick. He is a top-quality keeper and professional that will be a huge asset for our club both on the field and mentoring our very talented young GKs.”

“I’m very excited to be joining the Orange County Soccer Club for the remainder of the 2019 season,” said McLain. “I’m massively impressed with the strides the club has taken in the last five years, and give a lot of credit to those involved with making OCSC what it has become today. My goal is to positively affect the trajectory of season and to help Orange County to its first USL Championship Cup.”

The Wisconsin native will likely have an inside shot at the No. 1 spot in goal for Orange County. Carlos Lopez Cortez, who started the first two games of the season, struggled, especially in his second appearance, while the other goalkeeper on the roster is 17-year-old Aaron Cervantes, who made his professional debut last week in a 2-2 draw. While Orange County have publicly said Cervantes will get playing time this season, it seems likely that with the team looking for their first win this season, McLain will get some run as well in the weeks ahead.

Orange County will have that next chance for a first win of 2019 on Saturday, as they take on USL Championship expansion side El Paso Locomotive in Texas at 6:30 pm PT.

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