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Orange County Acquires U.S. Youth International Jack Imperato

By Staff, 04/07/21, 1:04PM EDT


19-year-old joins Championship club from Spain’s Villlarreal CF U-19 squad

New Orange County SC arrival Jack Imperato has regularly been part of the U.S. Youth National Team program, competing at the U-15 and U-17 levels previously.

IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County SC announced on Wednesday it had acquire midfielder Jack Imperato via transfer from Villarreal CF U-19, pending league and federation approval. A U.S. Youth International, Imperato will join OCSC ahead of the 2021 USL Championship season.

“Jack is joining us from one of the absolute best European Academies and he will gain valuable experience in our professional environment,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss.. We are convinced he will develop on and off the field in Orange County and move back to Europe when the time is right.”

Imperato was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up playing soccer in San Jose, California. Before moving to Spain in 2018 as a 16-year-old, Imperato played for the De Anza Force in Northern California. During his 2018 season in Spain, Imperato played on La Liga side Villarreal CF’s Academy and spent part of the 2019-20 season on loan at CD Roda. CD Roda is another club based in Villarreal and shares its youth system with Villarreal CF. Imperato signed a contract with Villarreal CF U19 on October 30, 2020. 

U.S. Youth international Jack Imperato has most recently been competing for La Liga club Villarreal's U-19 side, where he was previously part of the club's Academy. | Photo courtesy Villarreal CF

“I'm looking forward to working with Jack, a talented young American player,” said OCSC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier. “He will gain a lot of experience playing alongside the competitive side that we have put together.”

Internationally, Imperato has been called up to multiple U.S. youth national team camps, including the 2019 Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Imperato has played for the United States National Team as a U14, U15, and U17, making a total of nine combined appearances at the U15 and U17 levels.

He is an attack-minded midfielder who likes to create chances around the penalty area. Imperato is an up-and-coming U.S. talent with the opportunity to learn from an experienced Orange County SC roster this season.

“I'm super excited to join and get started with OC in this next step of my journey,” said Imperato.

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