USL Team Signs Talented Teenager – Known For Developing Talent, Orange County SC Signs Des Pres.
Orange County SC has just signed a multi-year deal with 19-year-old U.S. youth international Sebastien Des Pres.
The teenage Des Pres is a midfielder from San Diego who has played the last couple seasons overseas in Lancashire, England with Black Pool FC and Fleetwood Town in League One of English Football.
“I’m very excited to add Sebastien to our team,” said Orange County SC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier. “He has trained with us over the past month and has shown that he has the character and work ethic that we are looking for.”
“Sebastien is a young player that plays with a maturity that is rare to find.”
“He will be a fantastic addition to an already strong midfield,” added Cloutier.
Des Pres signing highlights a priority of the club in building a team around young local talent to provide them the chance to compete against more experienced professionals and help to create a path to other professional opportunities.
“I’m really excited to be back home in sunny California with the opportunity to play for Orange County SC,” said Orange County SC’s new Midfielder, Sebastien Des Pres. “The coaches have been really good to me since I have been back, and it’s a competitive environment for me to continue my training and hopefully prepare myself for the next step in my soccer career.”
“Sebastien is a local player who fits exactly in our pathway to professional model for the most talented Southern California youth players,” said Wyss.
“I am delighted to add Sebastien to our roster,” said Orange County General Manager & Executive Vice President Oliver Wyss. “I am convinced that Sebastien will maximize his development in our professional environment and excel on our team.”
Des Pres began his professional development with the academy at Real Salt Lake prior to playing overseas in League One of English Football. At age 17, Des Pres was capped by the U.S. Soccer’s U19 National Team and again in 2017 for the U20 squad. Des Pres has dual citizenship and is also eligible to play for France.
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