Danish midfielder Daniel Pedersen has signed a new contract with Orange County SC and will serve as club captain for the 2023 USL Championship season. | Photo courtesy Liza Rosales / Orange County SC
IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County SC announced on Monday the club had signed midfielder Daniel Pedersen to a new contract ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season and appointed the Dane as club captain following the departure of outgoing defender Michael Orozco. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Pedersen enters his second year with OCSC this spring, coming off a 2022 season in which he tallied two goals and four assists in 28 appearances across all competitions.
“I’m really excited to come back, and it is an honor to be named team captain,” said Pedersen. “I will do my best to fulfill that role on and off the pitch. I can’t wait to get to work and prove to people that we can bounce back from a disappointing year. I’m coming back with something to prove, and I will do everything I can for us to be successful.”
A former captain of the club during his final two seasons on the field, Orange County Head Coach Richard Chaplow believes Pedersen’s leadership – shown in three games during which he captained the side this past season – will help lead the side as it enters its 13th campaign.
“Danny led by example last season in every training season on and off the field, regardless of the situation,” said Chaplow. “This is what we want from all our players. He sets himself high standards and holds those around him to the same, it’s important for us to be successful that we have players in the locker room that not only police it but also push it. Danny has all the qualities to do that and with support from the other senior players I’m confident we can create the culture we need for a successful year.”