KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Swope Park Rangers announced on Monday the club had signed goalkeeper Christian Herrera ahead of the 2018 USL season, pending league and federation approval. Herrera has spent time with teams in both the United States and Mexico, while also representing each country’s Youth National Teams.
Herrera signed with USL side Real Monarchs SLC out of Real Salt Lake’s Arizona-based Academy in 2015 and was loaned to Mexican giants Pachuca in 2016. The 20-year-old made five appearances for Pachuca’s reserve team that plays in Mexico’s Liga Ascenso, twice appearing in the 2016 Apertura and thrice in the 2016 Clausura. While with Pachuca, Herrera also appeared for the Mexico U20 National Team that took on the MLS Homegrown Team at the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.
Upon returning to Salt Lake City at the completion of his loan stint in Mexico, Herrera spent the 2017 season on loan with Portland Timbers 2 but did not make an appearance for the club.
Herrera competed for three seasons with the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, appearing twice in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship and once in the Generation adidas Cup Final.
ORANGE COUNTY ADDS GHANAIAN DEFENDER: Orange County SC announced it had signed 24-year-old Ghanaian defender Kontor Owusu-Ansah on Monday, pending receipt of his P-1 visa, and league and federation approval. Owusu-Ansah joins the club from Larissa F.C. of the Greek Super League, the top division in Greece.
“I’m very excited to have added an exceptional young talent like Kontor. He comes with a great deal of experience having played against teams such as Olympiakos and Panathinaikos in this past year,” said Orange County SC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier. “Kontor is an extremely athletic player with great technical ability. He will be an exciting player for the Orange County fans this season.”
Owusu-Ansah made his professional debut with Serbian club Metalac GM in 2011 and made 85 appearances for the club before signing with fellow Serbian side FK Novi Pazar in 2015. The following year Kontor signed with Larisa F.C. of the Greek Super League and went on to make 19 appearances in Greece’s top flight.