Defender Ryan Doghman joins Orange County SC ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season having made more than 100 appearances in his native Norway previously. | Photo courtesy Hordalandsfotball
IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County SC announced on Wednesday the club had signed Norwegian defender Ryan Doghman ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Doghman joins OCSC after more than 100 appearances in the Norwegian Second Division, where he most recently competed for Asane Fotball. The 25-year-old provides versatility for OCSC Head Coach Richard Chaplow, bringing more than 20 appearances of experience at three different positions (left back, left wing and right wing).
"After a few great conversations with the technical staff who presented the club both on and off the field, in a way that made the decision easy,” said Doghman. “I’m looking forward to contributing so we can achieve a great season.”
Doghman is the sixth European player at the club, alongside Daniel Pedersen, Rob Kiernan, and Kyle Scott. He is the third to join this season, joining fellow defender Andrew Fox and forward Emil Nielsen, as Orange County continues to bring in global talent to grace the field at Championship Soccer Stadium.
“We are very excited to add Ryan, a dynamic and versatile player to our team,” OCSC General Manager and President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss said. “Ryan has played over 100 professional games in Norway and has turned down multiple offers in Europe in the offseason to play for Orange County!”
Doghman is coming off one of the best attacking seasons of his career. He accounted for eight goal contributions in 2022, tallying four goals and four assists.
“Ryan came highly recommended to us and following conversations with him, we were impressed by his maturity and desire to play in the United States,” OCSC Sporting Director Peter Nugent said. “He is an attack-minded fullback that will excite the fans with the way he plays.”