IRVINE, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Orange County Soccer Club is delighted to announce the signings of Orange County natives Zach Kobayashi and Michael Suchy. Kobayashi joins the club from Croatian champions GNK Dinamo Zagreb, having spent over a year with the club. With Suchy signing on an amateur contract following a successful trial spell with the club.
Kobayashi, 19 returns to Southern California following a year long spell with Croatian powerhouse, GNK Dinamo Zagreb. Before making the trip to Europe, Kobayashi played youth soccer locally with West Coast Futbol Club and the Pateadores Academy, during this time he was tracked by a number of Elite European clubs. The highly sought after midfielder then went on to spend time with SV Werder Bremen in Germany and then Swiss champions FC Basel, before deciding to join the most successful club in Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb.
Suchy joins Orange County SC following a successful trial period with the club. Suchy becomes the first player in the club’s history to be signed to an amateur contract and will also be eligible to play for the club’s U-23 PDL team. The 19 year old keeper also came through West Coast Futbol Club before making the move to the LA Galaxy youth academy and then the Chivas USA youth academy. He will provide competition for current keepers, Charlie Lyon and Casey Beyers.
The pair become the 4th and 5th Orange County natives the 10th and 11th SoCal natives to sign with the club. As the club looks to deliver on its promise to sign the best local talent in the region and providing the clearest pathway to professional soccer in Southern California.
Orange County SC return to the field this weekend, as they take on SoCal rivals LA Galaxy II in the first installment of the I-405 derby this season. Both Kobayashi and Suchy are eligible to make their debuts in Saturday’s clash.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB:
The Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s Professional Soccer Team. The club was one of 12 founding members of the new United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2011 season. Established in 2013, the predecessor club Orange County Blues were the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Champions and have reached the Western Conference semifinals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The club’s brand-new owner, James Keston, is the Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, and will actively oversee all operations of the USL club in Orange County. Keston is dedicated to transforming the club into a world-class professional soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club and to become an Orange County Founding Member, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com.
Kelly Salmieri: VP, Marketing & Community Relations, [email protected], 805.844.0856