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Orange County SC sign U.S. youth international Kobi Henry

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16-year-old takes pro plunge with OCSC.

U.S. Soccer (courtesy of Orange County SC)

Orange County SC announced Thursday their first signing since the coronavirus shutdown, inking 16-year-old defender Kobi Henry to his first professional deal.

Henry, a center back, joins from the Inter Miami academy, and is a native of Lakewood, Fla.

“We are thrilled to add Kobi, a very talented and one of the best young players in his position in the US to our roster,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss in a team statement. “Kobi has shown great maturity on and off the field and we are convinced that he has a great professional career in front of him. Adding another U.S. Youth International to our club shows that we continue to strive to be at the forefront of player development in the U.S.”

Henry is a U.S. U-17 international, having featured in a tournament in Europe prior to the coronavirus shutdown for that squad.

“Signing my first professional contract is a dream come true and I am excited to live what I’ve been working towards for so many years,” said Henry. “I am thrilled to meet my teammates and get to work on and off the field and continue to develop in a professional environment with the help of the amazing staff at Orange County.

“Orange County was extremely hospitable to me and my family. The entire staff ensured that we felt welcomed to their club. I was impressed by the work ethic and passion that was displayed during my visit and I felt at home in Orange County.”

The USL Championship is tentatively slated to get back to action July 11, and we await confirmation of the restart of the league and Orange County SC’s updated schedule for the rest of the 2020 season.

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