"We have been very patient and selective in our process this off-season filling out our roster,” said OCSC Head Coach, Braeden Cloutier. “Our patience has paid off with the signing of Patrick. He is a top-quality keeper and professional that will be a huge asset for our club both on the field and mentoring our very talented young GKs.”
The 6’3 keeper is no stranger to California, having represented a number of clubs in the state. He started his career playing for California Polytechnic State University before signing his first professional contract with Chivas USA. He then went on to represent Orange County Blues FC (now Orange County SC), where he made fifteen appearances. In 2015, he joined league rivals Sacramento Republic FC and firmly established himself as one of the standout keepers in the USL Championship.
“We are delighted to add Patrick to our talented roster,” said Oliver Wyss, OCSC General Manager. “He is a fierce competitor, proven winner and we are convinced that his leadership and class will have a significant impact on the club on and off the field.”
Following his performances in the USL Championship with Sacramento, he returned to the MLS with Chicago Fire in 2016. He went on to spend the next three years in the league, with the Chicago Fire and Minnesota United.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Orange County Soccer Club for the remainder of the 2019 season,” Said McLain. “I’m massively impressed with the strides the club has taken in the last five years, and give a lot of credit to those involved with making OCSC what it has become today. My goal is to positively affect the trajectory of season and to help Orange County to its first USL Championship Cup.”
The Wisconsin native is eligible to make his debut this Saturday, as Orange County SC take to the road take on El Paso Locomotive FC.
Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be released.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB
Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s only professional soccer team that is part of the United Soccer League (USL), the fastest growing Division II professional soccer league in the world. The USL is comprised of 34 teams across the United States. The team plays its home games at the Orange County Great Park’s Championship Soccer Stadium, located in Irvine, CA. Nestled in the heart of the Great Park, Championship Soccer Stadium has a capacity of over 5,000 for Orange County SC matches. Orange County SC was one of 12 founding members of the USL during its inaugural 2011 season. The preceding club, Orange County Blues, won the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Championship and reached the Western Conference Semi-Finals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Team owner and Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, James Keston, purchased and re-branded the team in 2017. Keston, who actively oversees all operations of the team, is dedicated to providing a pathway to professional soccer and a world-class soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club, and to experience professional soccer in the OC, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com. For more information about the United Soccer League