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Orange County SC sign U.S. youth international Jack Imperato

Player arrives after spending time in Villarreal’s system.

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Orange County SC announced on Wednesday they have signed midfielder Jack Imperato, on a transfer from CF Villarreal.

The 19-year-old grew up in San Jose, California, and joined Villarreal’s youth system as a 16-year-old in 2018. He played for a time with 4th division side CD Roda in 2019-20 on loan.

“We are very pleased to transfer Jack, a very talented U.S. Youth International to our roster from Villarreal,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss in a team statement. “Jack is joining us from one of the absolute best European academies and he will gain valuable experience in our professional environment. We are convinced he will develop on and off the field in Orange County and move back to Europe when the time is right!”

An attack-minded midfielder who can also play as an inverted winger on the left, Imperato is a U.S. youth international, having played at the U-15 and U-17 levels, among others, to this point in his fledgling career.

“I’m looking forward to working with Jack, a talented young American player. He will gain a lot of experience playing alongside the competitive side that we have put together,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier.

Orange County SC are scheduled to open the 2021 USL Championship regular season May 16 on the road against Tacoma Defiance.

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