Orange County SC are delighted to announce the signing of MLS veteran defender, Kevin Alston. He joins the club having made over 170 appearances in the MLS with New England Revolution and Orlando City SC.
“We are fortunate to acquire a player of Kevin’s caliber. He is an experienced player who will make a significant impact to our backline,” said Orange County SC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier.
Alston, 30, started his professional career with New England Revolution where he was drafted 10th overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He went on to have an extremely successful career with them making over 160 appearances during a six-year spell. In 2010, he was selected to represent the MLS All-Star team, and started against Manchester United FC in Houston. Alston was called up to the U.S. National team in 2009 against Jamaica and El Salvador. However, injury prevented him from making his debut.
“As an organization, we are excited to add Kevin to our team. He is a proven winner and leader who will have a tremendous influence on and off the field,” said Orange County SC General Manager and Executive Vice President Oliver Wyss.
In 2015, Alston made the move to Orlando City SC and went on to make 26 appearances for the Lions. He also spent time with Orlando City B, in the USL, during the 2017 season. The versatile defender, who can play both right back and left back, is eligible to make his debut this Sunday against SoCal rivals LA Galaxy II.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB:
Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s only professional soccer team and 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. Orange County SC 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 is also the official affiliate partner of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the newest Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. Orange County SC was one of 12 founding members of the USL during its inaugural 2011 season. The Club, formerly called the 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 2016. Keston, who actively oversees all operations of the team, is dedicated to providing a pathway to professional soccer for Orange County’s youth soccer players and a world-class 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.