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Orange County SC sign goalkeeper Carlos Lopez Cortez

Local native returns to USL Championship side.

Courtesy of Orange County SC.

Orange County SC announced on Thursday they have signed goalkeeper Carlos Lopez Cortez. The goalkeeper, who began his career in the Club Tijuana system, returns home to play stateside for the first time.

The 22-year-old turned pro in 2017, but found playing time in Mexico to be limited, getting two starts for Xolos in the Copa MX and then a combined five starts during a loan stint for Dorados in Ascenso MX and Copa MX play.

An Orange County native, Lopez is the second goalkeeper under contract for Orange County SC for the 2019 season, joining teenager Aaron Cervantes.

“Carlos has worked tremendously hard this preseason and has earned this opportunity and contract,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a statement. “He’s another young goalkeeper along with Aaron and I’m very excited to work with him and watch his development.”

“We are excited to add Carlos, a very promising and talented Goalkeeper to our team,” said OCSC general manager Oliver Wyss. “Carlos was recommended to us through our relationship with Tijuana Xolos and we are looking forward to bringing him back home to Orange County.”

Orange County SC kick off their 2019 USL Championship regular season on Saturday away at Reno 1868 FC.

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