IRVINE, Calif. (December 8, 2017) – Orange County Soccer Club announced today that local fan favorite, Zach Kobayashi will return in 2018. In 2017, his first season with Orange County SC, Kobayashi was a major contributor on the pitch, scoring four goals and one assist in seventeen appearances.
“Zach is an incredibly gifted technical player who has the talent to play at the next level. We are looking forward to his continued development with our team and are expecting Zach to contribute significantly on the field for us this season,” said Orange County SC Executive Vice President and General Manager, Oliver Wyss.
Before the 20-year old attacking midfielder made 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 and the highly sought-after midfielder then went on to spend time with SV Werder Bremen in Germany and Swiss champions FC Basel before joining the most successful club in Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb.