IRVINE, Calif. (June 18, 2020) – Orange County SC is delighted to announce the signing of current U.S. U17 International, Kobi Henry. The 16-year-old, central defender joins the club from Inter Miami CF Academy.
“We are thrilled to add Kobi, a very talented and one of the best young players in his position in the US to our roster,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations, Oliver Wyss. “Kobi has shown great maturity on and off the field and we are convinced that he has a great professional career in front of him. Adding another US Youth International to our club shows that we continue to strive to be at the forefront of player development in the US.”
The Florida native made 16 appearances in the Development Academy this past season for Inter Miami CF Academy, where his performances saw him receive Youth National Team recognition.
“Kobi is a very exciting and talented signing for our club,” said OCSC Head Coach, Braeden Cloutier. “My staff and I are looking forward to leading him through his development at Orange County.”
Henry was selected to compete in the UEFA Development Tournament for the U.S. U17’s held at St George’s Park, England in February of this year. Henry started in two of the three matches, against England and Denmark.
“Signing my first professional contract is a dream come true and I am excited to live what I’ve been working towards for so many years,” said Kobi Henry. “I am thrilled to meet my teammates and get to work on and off the field and continue to develop in a professional environment with the help of the amazing staff at Orange County.
“Orange County was extremely hospitable to me and my family. The entire staff ensured that we felt welcome ed to their club. I was impressed by the work ethic and passion that was displayed during my visit and I felt at home in Orange County.”
Henry becomes the 8th current Youth National Team player on the Orange County SC roster. Joining the likes of Francis Jacobs (U.S. U15’s) and Blake Malone (U.S. U20’s).
Per club policy, terms of player contracts with Orange County SC will not be released.
Kobi Joseph Henry
Weight: 165 lb
Born: April 26, 2004
Birthplace: Lakewood, FL
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 36 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.
In December 2019, Orange County SC entered into a strategic partnership with Rangers FC from the Scottish Premier League.
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Chad Romiti: PR Manager
Orange County Soccer Club
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