IRVINE, CA – Orange County SC has agreed to terms on a contract with midfielder, Koji Hashimoto, pending P1 league and federation approval. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hashimoto appeared in 23 games for Orange County as a midfielder in 2018, with 2 Goals, 16 tackles, 14 interceptions and 40 duels won. Hashimoto was a major contributor to Orange County’s best season ever, and scored OCSC’s final goal of 2018, in the Western Conference final loss against Phoenix Rising FC.
Hashimoto started his career in the J1 and J2 league in Japan. In 2010 he won the Japanese Championship and in 2011 the Japanese Super Cup for Nagoya Grampus.
ABOUT KOJI HASHIMOTO
Koji Hashimoto, 31, began his professional career in 2006 playing for Nagoya Grampus of the J1 League. He transferred to FC Mito HollyHock of the J2 League in 2012 where he would go on to score 19 goals and 20 assists during his two years with the club. He then joined Omiya Ardija in 2014, scoring 5 goals and 1 assist. He signed with Kawasaki Frontale of the J1 League from 2015 – 16, scoring 1 goal and 6 assists. In 2017, Hashimoto re-signed with FC Mito HollyHock where he would score 3 goals and 7 assists during the season.
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 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. 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.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club, and to experience professional soccer in the OC, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com. For more information about the United Soccer League, visit: http://www.uslsoccer.com.