IRVINE, Calif. – One of the USL Championship’s top attacking midfielders is heading home.
Orange County SC announced on Friday the signing of two-time Championship All-League honoree Chris Wehan, bringing the Laguna Niguel, Calif. native to the club he grew up watching before his own ascent in the professional soccer ranks.
“I am elated to join Orange County SC, a club I used to watch firsthand,” said Wehan. “I am extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity to move home to Southern California and play for this club that has done so well in the Championship over many years.”
Wehan earned his second All-League selection this year as he recorded seven goals and five assists while leading New Mexico United to its second consecutive trip to the USL Championship Playoffs. The 2017 Championship Rookie of the Year with Reno 1868 FC, Wehan has recorded 29 goals and 26 assists in 89 appearances in the Championship across the regular season and playoffs, placing him seventh in the league in assists over the past four years.
In 2018, Wehan signed with Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes and made six appearances in the top-flight prior to joining New Mexico for its inaugural season.
“I am very excited that Chris has signed for Orange County,” said OCSC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier. “He has been a player that I have admired for several years. I look forward to adding his creativeness and professionalism to our group.”
Growing up Wehan played club soccer for Orange County United FC and spent one year with the Cal South Olympic Development Program team where he earned a Region IV championship. He was a standout at Aliso Niguel High School before playing at the University of New Mexico, where he scored 31 goals and was named to the Conference USA All-Conference First Team. In 2013 Wehan played for the OC Blues Strikers in USL League Two.
“Chris is a first-class professional and we are very proud to bring him back home to Orange County,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss. “Chris’ quality and leadership will have an immediate impact on and off the field for our club and community.”