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Orange County SC sign goalkeeper Abraham Romero

Stopper heads down 405 with USL Championship experience.

Los Angeles Galaxy II v Portland Timbers 2 Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Orange County SC announced Wednesday they have signed goalkeeper Abraham Romero ahead of the 2021 season.

The 22-year-old joins after two seasons with LA Galaxy II, the most recent campaign where he was a regular starter.

“We are delighted to add another local Southern California standout player to our roster,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss in a team statement. “Abraham has represented both the United States and Mexican Youth National Teams and despite only being 22 years old, already has a wealth of experience at his position. We are excited to see him continue to develop in our structure and take his game to the next level.”

Romero, a native of Altadena, came through LA Galaxy’s academy before signing in Pachuca’s system in 2017. Returning to the U.S. after a couple years, he signed with Galaxy II in 2019 and started every game in 2020, helping Los Dos to a playoff berth in a stacked group.

The goalkeeper has a higher profile than most players of his age, having started for Mexico in the 2015 U-17 World Cup and 2017 U-20 World Cup, and before playing for Mexico at youth age he played for the U.S. He’s not been capped by either country on the senior level.

Romero is the second goalkeeper signed by OCSC ahead of the new season, joining German import Patrick Rakovsky. I imagine both players will get playing time if healthy under Braeden Cloutier, as he’s been successful at rotating his ‘keepers in recent seasons to give youngsters meaningful time while also aiming to get good results on a consistent basis.

Orange County now have 18 players under contract for the new season, by my count, so expect a few more signings and flexibility to add a few more in the season, something they do every year. But the squad is shaping up, and Romero’s experience in the division should be an asset for OCSC heading into the new campaign, which is tentatively slated to kick off at the beginning of May.

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