Orange County SC announced on Tuesday they have transferred Chris Wehan to New Mexico United. In return the club has received a five-figure transfer fee, the LA Times’ Kevin Baxter reporting it’s upwards of $80,000, that the club is reporting is the biggest-ever intraleague transfer fee in the USL Championship.
Wehan, 27, was a newcomer to Orange County SC this season, returning to the area where he grew up, and he was a key figure for the club, making 16 appearances (15 starts) and scoring four goals and three assists for the club. In that regard, the move is curious for OCSC, with the club in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and trying to solidify their playoff bonafides down the homestretch of the season.
But it appears the price may have forced the club’s hand, and to be fair Wehan may have wanted to return to New Mexico United as well. $80,000 is nothing to sneeze at in USL Championship terms, and hopefully the club can reinvest that money into improving the team and club moving forward.
Best of luck to Chris in New Mexico, and we’ll see if more moves are on the way for Orange County SC.
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