Orange County SC announced on Wednesday they have signed goalkeeper Frederik Due from Hartford Athletic.
The 27-year-old joins Orange County after spending this season with USL Championship expansion side Hartford, where he made 15 appearances. Prior to playing stateside, the Danish native played in his home country for HB Koge and Randers.
Orange County have had a recent history of fielding Danish players, most recently Thomas Enevoldsen and Thomas Juel-Nielsen in 2018. Due is likely being added to Orange County’s roster both to bolster the club’s goalkeeping corps — which was down to 17-year-old Aaron Cervantes and Carlos Lopez Cortez after the departure of veteran Patrick McLain — and because there’s a good chance Cervantes will be departing temporarily to play for the USMNT U-17 squad at the upcoming U-17 World Cup.
“I’m very happy that we’ve been able to secure Frederik,” said Orange County SC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement. “He has played at the top level in Denmark and comes highly recommended. From what we have seen through scouting, he will fit perfectly with how our team is set up.”
Also consider that while Cervantes has settled well as the No. 1 in recent weeks, with OCSC chasing a playoff spot this season bringing in a player with European and USL Championship experience alike should help boost the cause. At the very least, Due and Cervantes could be good competition for each other in the season’s homestretch.
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