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Orange County SC sign German goalkeeper Patrick Rakovsky

Bundesliga veteran moves stateside for 2021.

1. FC Nuernberg Team Presentation Photo by Thomas Langer/Bongarts/Getty Images

Orange County SC announced this week they have signed goalkeeper Patrick Rakovsky for the 2021 season.

Rakovsky, 27, comes with considerable experience. Beginning his career in his native Germany, Rakovsky got his debut as an 18-year-old in the Bundesliga for FC Nürnberg in 2011. He stayed at Nürnberg until 2017, splitting time as a starter, backup and reserve goalkeeper in the club’s system. He then joined Belgian side Club Lierse for a season, and spent the last two seasons playing in Finland for FC Lahti, the same club that another new Orange County SC signing, Mikko Kuningas, played for ahead of his move stateside.

“I’m very excited that we have come to terms with Patrick. He is a very solid and stable goalkeeper that has played at the highest level in Germany,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a statement. “He will bring leadership and a professionalism to an already experienced back four.”

Rakovsky was also a German youth international through all of the age levels, and won the Bronze Fritz Waller Medal in 2012, named the 3rd-best men’s U-19 player that year.

The newcomer is the fourth new signing this offseason for Orange County SC and the first announced goalkeeper on the roster for 2021. Given Rakovsky’s resumé, if he’s focused and adjusts to play and life in the United States quickly, it looks like OCSC are going for the title in 2021.

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